This page features the stories of former students at The Corsham School who have gone on to achieve great things in their adult lives. If you are a former student and would like to share your story with us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Millward (left 2000) – Paralympian Gold Medallist
Stephanie is one of Britain's top Paralympian swimmers,and competed for her country in the Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympics, winning four silver medals and a bronze medal in London before taking two golds, one silver and a bronze in Rio four years later. She has also enjoyed success in recent World and European Championships, winning four gold medals at both the 2013 World Championships in Montreal and the 2014 European Championships in Eindhoven. Her 2014 autobiography, 'Paying The Price', reveals the inspiring story of her rise to the top of paralympian sport after developing MS as a young adult.
Gavin Schmidt (left 1985) - Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York
After leaving Corsham School, Gavin has forged an impressive career in the world of climate change analysis. Having graduated from Oxford University, he has spent time at universities in Britain, Canada and the USA building a worldwide reputation in this vital area of research. Having worked with NASA for several years, 2014 saw Gavin being appointed to the prestigious post of Director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York.
Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella (left 2008) – ‘vlogger’, author and fashion guru
Zoe's rise to fame has been truly remarkable with highlights including her involvement in the latest Band Aid charity single along with an appearance on 'Celebrity Bake Off'. In 2015 she even arrived in wax form at Madame Tussauds. Her novel 'Girl Online' broke records for first week sales of a debut novel, The follow up, ‘Girl Online – On Tour’ has also been very successful. She now has her own line of cosmetics and the ‘Zoella Book Club' launched through WH Smith in the summer of 2016. All of this was made possible after her online blog became one the most successful of all time with (at last count) over 5 million followers.
Joe Sugg, aka Thatcher Joe (left 2010) – ‘vlogger’, author and TV star
Zoe’s brother, Joe has followed his sister into the world of ‘vlogging’ and his success has also been remarkable. He, too, was on the Band Aid single and has also published a highly successful book. His graphic novel, ‘Username Evie’ was inspired by work he did as part of his Media Studies A Level at our school and became the fastest selling graphic novel since records began. His DVD ‘Joe and Caspar Hit The Road’ shot to the top of the best-seller charts at Christmas 2015 and has since been broadcast on E4,
Click here to see Zoe and Joe's video blog of their return visit to Corsham School in 2015. (link to external site)
Caroline Norris (left 1987) – Multiple award winning TV producer
Many of our students will have enjoyed the results of Caroline's career without realising it. She is executive producer of the multi-award winning children's show'Horrible Histories', which she also helped to devise, and more recently comedy shows including ''Fresh Meat', 'Newzoids' and 'Raised by Wolves'. She has won BAFTAs, RTS awards, British Comedy awards and a Rose D'Or.
Darren Eadie (left 1992) –Premier League and England footballer
Darren played in the Premier League for Norwich City and Leicester City, for whom in December 1999 he became their record signing at three million pounds. At international level, he earned seven England Under 21 caps, scoring twice. Darren now hosts a weekday evening television magazine show for Norwich based station Mustard TV.
Max Goff (left 2007) – Rock bassist
We were delighted welcome Max back to the school as our special guest at a recent Annual Awards Evening. Now a professional bassist and member of top rock star Tom Odell's band after beginning his musical career at Corsham School, Max has achieved enormous success in recent years, performing on chart topping albums, touring the world's stadiums and appearing on prestigious TV shows.
Jennifer Biddall (left 1998) – Actress
Jennie trained at the Bristol Old Vic theatre school, and rose to fame as Jessica Harris in the Channel 4 serial drama 'Hollyoaks’, which she left in 2008.
She has since starred in a number of West End musicals including ‘Dreamboats and Petticoats', and television programmes such as 'Doctors' and 'Mount Pleasant'.
Robert Brian (left 1986) - Drummer
Rob is a professional jazz and rock drummer who has worked with a myriad of well-known artists including Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, Goldfrapp and Siouxsie Sioux, who he accompanied on the world tour that supported her 2008 album 'Mantaray'.
He has appeared on television shows such as 'Later with Jools Holland' and 'The Jonathan Ross Show', and in 1996 appeared on American television to 20 million viewers with Essex band Modern English. He regularly appears at drum clinics and music exhibitions around Europe, and recently released his own signature line of cymbals, manufactured by Bosphorus.
Decca Aitkenhead (left 1989) – award winning journalist
Decca is one of the country’s top journalists who has specialised in interviewing significant public figures. She wrote for The Independent from 1995 before joining The Guardian in 1997.
Her first book 'The Promised Land: Travels In Search Of The Perfect E' appeared in early 2002. In 2009 she won the Interviewer of the Year at the British Press Awards and she is also a regular contributor to radio and television programmes. Her latest book, 'All at Sea' (2016) describes the tragic loss of her husband who drowned at sea in his native Caribbean in May 2014.