Durham School values its alumni, indeed ‘Old Dunelmians’ (known colloquially as ‘ODs’) are actively encouraged to remain involved with the School and so help both to mentor their successors as well as to continue to enjoy friendships forged over many years together.

The excellent reputation that the School enjoys is in no small part due to how successful its alumni are. Durham School produces young people who are well-rounded, intelligent, innovative, and effective in their chosen professional fields. Time spent at Durham School really does imbue a ‘Confidence for Life’ in its pupils.

“Selecting Durham School has proved to be the right choice for enhancing my education, widening my horizon and studying in a challenging, fulfilling and well-rounded academic environment. It has given me greater confidence, a desire to succeed and to take full advantage of my potential and also to make my family proud.”



  • Granville Sharp: helped to abolish Slave Trade in America.
  • Sir Donald Limon: Clerk to the House of Commons.
  • Sir Geoffrey Pattie: Junior Minister in a Conservative Government.
  • Sir John Laws: Law Lord.
  • Sir Peter Vardy: Chairman Vardy Group plc.
  • Sir Robert Owen: High Court Judge.


  • Adam Welsh: Actor and Singer.
  • Alexander Armstrong: Actor, Comedian and Singer.
  • Ian Hogg: Actor.
  • Matthew Gent: Actor and Singer.
  • Matthew Peacock: Streetwise Opera.
  • Michael Gough: Actor.
  • William Todd: Internationally acclaimed composer.


  • Charles Spedding: 1984 Olympic Bronze Medalist.
  • Garath Archer: International Rugby Player (England).
  • Geoff Parling: Premiership and International Rugby Player (Leicester Tigers and England).
  • Gordon Muchall: County Cricketer.
  • Jamie Atkinson: International Show Jumper.
  • Jon Williamson: Great Britain & Commonwealth Rower.
  • Michael Roseberry: County Cricketer (Durham and Middlesex).
  • Mike Weston: England Rugby Captain and British Lion.
  • Nicole Lamb: Great Britain Rower.
  • Paddy MacDee: BBC Television Presenter.
  • Peter Phelan: County Rugby Player.
  • Philip Weston: County Cricketer.
  • Richard Oxley: Club Rugby Player (Plymouth).
  • Robin Weston: County Cricketer.