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Olly Alexander (2006-2007)

Popstar and Actor

Actor and lead singer with the band Years & Years.

Olly Alexander A former Monmouthshire Comprehensive School student, studied AS French at Hereford Sixth Form College during 2006/07.

Olly first appeared in the BBC television drama ...

Dr Diana Beech (1999-2001)

Policy Adviser for Higher Education

Dr Diana Beech is the Policy Adviser for Higher Education to Sam Gyimah, Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation.

Prior to her current position, Diana worked as Director of Policy and...

Dr Ben Booth (1992-1994)

Senior Climate Scientist

Ben works as part of a group in the Met Office Hadley Centre that delivers climate projection information. A big part of his work involves trying to quantify the plausible spread of future changes that are consistent with the...

Francis Clegg (2007-2009)

Lighting Designer

Francis left Hereford Sixth Form College in 2009 after studying A Levels in Chemistry, History, Mathematics and Physics but alongside his studies, was involved in many of the musical and theatrical productions which opened up his...

Luke Evans (2008-2010)

Creative Artist

As a teenager Luke was interested in becoming a contemporary dancer, and after completing his A-Levels, moved to Berlin. 

He became interested in image making and wanted a degree that combined practical skills and conceptual thinking, this...

Tom Flathers (2007-2009)

Freelance Photographer

Tom started out with a passion for sports photography and whilst studying at the College took up the role of official College sports team photographer and writer – his reports and pictures were regularly published in The Hereford...

Ellie Goulding (2003-2005)


Ellie Goulding was signed to Polydor Records and released her first album in 2009.

In 2010, she won the Critics Choice Award at the BRIT Awards and in the same year her next album Lights reached Number 1 in the UK Charts.

Ellie's version of Elton...

Dr Beth Healey (2003-2005)

Medical Doctor
(Former Research MD for the European Space Agency at Concordia Station, Antarctica)

Beth grew up in Ballingham, Herefordshire. After leaving school (The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School), she joined Hereford Sixth Form College to...

Dave Howard (1996-1998)

BBC Political Correspondent

Dave Howard has very often given up his time to return to the College and talk about his career to our Media & Journalism students.

Dave began his career working freelance for local radio stations including BBC Hereford...

Dr Benjamin Jones (2002-2004)


Ben Jones, a former Aylestone School pupil, studied A Levels in Chemistry, Computing, Further Mathematics, General Studies and Physics.

After leaving Hereford Sixth Form College, Ben took up a place at the University of Cambridge, where he gained...

Tom Kennedy (2008-2010)

Special Adviser to the Speaker of the House of Lords

Tom began his path in politics back in 2008 through taking A Level Government & Politics at Hereford Sixth Form College. His passion for the subject led to his involvement in the popular Debate...

Tom Knight (1973-1975)

Sports Journalist

Tom Knight was one of Hereford Sixth Form College's first students. Tom has worked in journalism for more than 30 years and in that time has covered nine Olympic Games and travelled extensively, covering news and sport for a variety of...

Jack Laverick (2009-2011)


Jack Laverick left Hereford Sixth Form College in 2011 after completing A Levels in Biology, Chemistry, Critical Thinking and Statistics.

He went on to study Biological Sciences at the University of Oxford graduating with a First Class Degree...

James Little (1973-1975)

Entertainment Industry Agent

James was one of Hereford Sixth Form College’s first students. He studied A Levels in English, French and German.

Since leaving College, James has worked almost entirely in the entertainment industry. In the late Seventies...

Matt Milne (2006-2008)


Matt Milne came into the spotlight playing Andrew Easton in Steven Spielberg's film War Horse written by Michael Morpugo.

Following on from this he travelled to Tunisia to film the sequel to The Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans.

He has since...

Rowan Papier (2008-2010)

Fashion Photographer / Conceptual Artist

Rowan Papier was always going to succeed in his chosen field. Whilst studying for A Levels, his work was exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery.

At that time, his Graphics Tutor, Ashley Elliott, said, "Rowan possesses...

Josie Pearson MBE (2002-2005)

Paralympic Gold Medallist

In recognition of the Olympic Torch Relay visiting Hereford Sixth Form College in May 2012, students were asked to suggest a name for the service road along which Inspirational Torch Bearers Paul Watts and Hannah Banks carried...

Blythe Pepino (2002-2004)

Performer, Songwriter and Singer

Blythe, a former St Mary's RC High School pupil, left Hereford Sixth Form College in 2004 after studying A Levels in Biology, Drama & Theatre Studies and English Literature.

She is best known as the front woman for the...

Mary Rhodes (1985-1987)

News and Sports Presenter

Mary Rhodes, a former Hereford Sixth Form College student and main presenter for BBC Midlands Today and other prime-time  programmes, returned to College as the guest of honour at our annual Presentation Evening, held in Hereford...

Nicola Sanderson (1982-1984)

Actress, Director and Playwright

Nicola Sanderson returned to Hereford Sixth Form College for International Women's Day in 2012.

During an interview Nicola told students of the long and winding road that led to being an accomplished playwright.

When were...

Emma Stansfield (1995-1997)


Emma studied A Levels in Art, English Language, English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies and went on to study drama at the Central School of Speech and Drama.

Emma has taken roles in a tremendous range of stage productions including...

Greg Tannahill (2003-2005)

Greg studied with us from 2003-2005 taking A Levels in Communication Studies, Drama & Theatre Studies and Theology. Whilst here, he took part in one of the College’s most memorable theatrical productions, Cabaret, playing the part of Ernst Ludwig...

Angela Tooby-Smith (1977-1979)


Angela is a retired long distance runner who represented Wales and Great Britain during her career.

Angela's biggest achievements being:

winning the Welsh Cross Country Championships four times (1984-87), finishing 8th at the IAAF World Cross...

Alison Ward CBE (née Barnes) (1975-1977)

Local Government

Alison Ward is the daughter of Hereford Sixth Form College's founding Principal, Dr Geoffery Barnes.

Alison read Law at Exeter University. Following graduation, she qualified as a solicitor and held a variety of legal appointments before...

Susan Wightman (née Tooby) (1977-1979)


Susan is a retired long distance runner who represented Wales and Great Britain during her career.

During her 20s she represented Great Britain in cross country, track and road running. Her biggest achievements being:

the first female in Britain to...