The Wykeham Association is an umbrella organisation for all those who have been part of the New College School community: old boys and their families, former staff, and any friend of the School. We host a number of events over the course of the year, to which all members of the Wykeham Association are very warmly invited. They are also very welcome to visit the School individually at other times to see it in action. Please email email@example.com to arrange a mutually convenient time.
Wykeham Day 2023
Wykeham Day this year takes place on Saturday 17th June, and all members of the NCS community are welcome to join us for some or all events as suits.
Old Boys’ Concert
An informal recital given by Old Boys and current pupils.
Old Boys vs 1st XI Cricket, New College Sports Ground
Please bring chairs/rugs and a picnic if you wish.
2.00pm - 4.00pm
School Fete, New College Sports Ground
All former and current NCS pupils and their families are welcome to join us for stalls, games, food and family fun.
Evensong, New College Chapel
Drinks and Canapés, New College Gardens
(Pre-booked only, under 18s to be accompanied)
Dinner, New College Hall
(Pre-booked only, under 18s to be accompanied)
The NCS Old Boys’ Club
All boys leaving the school are invited to become members of the Old Boys’ Club and are sent news of former pupils and details of alumni events. We host an annual Wykeham Day when old boys are welcomed back for cricket, a picnic lunch, a concert and Evensong. An annual dinner has been held for more than one hundred years in New College, while the Club and its committee provide active support to the School. The administration of the Old Boys' Club is handled by Miss Jemma Kilkenny (firstname.lastname@example.org). There is also a dedicated Facebook group where former pupils can reconnect with old friends: www.facebook.com/groups/NCSOldBoys.
We are very proud of our old boys and their achievements and contributions to their professions and communities. The 'Alumni Stories' section on this page gives some brief information about NCS alumni across the centuries, from Admiral Nelson's mentor to one of the most important Tudor doctors. Do get in touch with your own news via the form below.
prominent New College School alumnI
- Thomas Allen (1681-1755): clergyman and author
- Roger Alton: editor of The Independent and The Observer; executive editor of The Times
- Henry Bright: teacher and author
- George Caird: Principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire
- Leo Carey: senior editor at The New Yorker
- Dara Carroll: recording artist and teacher
- John Case (d. 1600): doctor, philosopher, musician, Canon of Salisbury
- Eric Clarke: Heather Professor of Music, University of Oxford
- George Valentine Cox (1786-1875; Headmaster 1807-57): author and translator
- Alec Cranswick: pathfinder bomber pilot who flew the most operational missions in World War II
- Michael Criswell: recording artist
- William Dobson: poet and author
- Alfred Drury: sculptor (sculpted statue of Sir Joshua Reynolds at Burlington House)
- Sir (Donald) Keith Falkner (1900-1994): singer and Director of the Royal College of Music
- Ian Fountain : pianist
- Robin Gibson: Chief Curator of the National Portrait Gallery (1994-2001)
- James Gilchrist: tenor
- Howard Goodall: EMMY-, BRIT- and BAFTA-award-winning singer, composer, and broadcaster. England's first national ambassador for singing
- Sir Richard Goodwin Keats (1757-1834): Admiral, Governor of the Royal Naval Hospital in Greenwich, and mentor to Horatio Nelson and King William IV
- Theo Green: Oscar-winning Hollywood composer and sound designer
- James Philip Hewlett: clergyman and author
- Orlando Higginbottom: award-winning electronic dance music record producer and DJ ('Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs')
- John Holloway: teacher, composer, former Director of Music at Wellington College
- Ralph Holmes: violinist
- Edward Lucas: author and senior editor at The Economist
- David Mitchell: author and comedian
- Ian Partridge: tenor
- Richard Peers (1685-1739): author
- Francis Pott: composer and pianist
- Thomas Randall: Mayor of Oxford and the real Mad Hatter!
- John Rogers (bap. 1678-1729): clergyman, royal chaplain, and author
- Richard Seal: Organist of Salisbury Cathedral
- Paul Spicer: organist, producer, conductor, composer, Professor of Choral Conducting at the Royal College of Music
- Stainton de B. Taylor: musician and critic
- Stephen Tayler: producer, composer, sound designer
- Christopher Tesdale (Headmaster 1617-18): Canon of Wells and member of Westminster Assembly of Divines (1643-9)
- Joseph Trapp (1679-1747): clergyman, poet, playwright, first Professor of Poetry at the University of Oxford, translator of complete works of Virgil (1731)
- Joseph Warton (1722-1800): headmaster of Winchester, publisher, poet (his Enthusiast (1744) was a precursor to Romanticism) and friend of Samuel Johnson
- William Tuckwell (1829-1919) [Master of NCS]: author and ‘radical parson’
- Francis Wise (1695-1767): author, archaeologist, Radcliffe Librarian
- Anthony Wood (1632-1695): antiquarian, historian, and author