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King’s College School Association

When pupils leave King’s they are offered the opportunity to become lifelong members of the King’s College School Association.

It is important for us to facilitate a means for past pupils to remain in contact with the School and with other alumni. If you have any recent shareable news/achievements (whether a part in the school production, a place at university, a doctorate or a knighthood), please send a brief (max 200 words) summary to

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King's College School Association

Alumni news

Hazel Perfect 

Members of the KCSA will be saddened to hear of the death of Hazel Perfect on April 2nd, 2024.

She taught at KCS between 1961 and 1999 and was more of an institution than a teacher, associated especially with the dogs which closely accompanied her: Benji, Jason and Chad to name but three.

She was a form tutor at Year 4 level, fondly remembered by countless generations of children, including for example several members of her very first class (among them a head teacher and two acclaimed musicians), who continued to meet up with her for an annual dinner until quite recently.

Many alumni will recall weekly trips to Cambridge library, visits to brass rubbing centres and annual skiing trips abroad (which she initiated. and still continue today).  She was a frequent spectator at school sports fixtures and regularly attended chapel, going on a few choir tours latterly. She also ran the junior boarding house for a time.

After retirement in 1999 she continued her service as secretary of the KCSA for over ten years.

In celebration of Hazel’s exceptional contribution to the lives of so many children at the school over several decades, the School has made a donation to the Bursary Fund, which exists to support the payment of school fees for families in times of particular hardship. The Association will contribute an additional £500 to that fund.


Keep in touch

It’s always wonderful to hear from former pupils. If you would like to share your news with other alumni please do send us a brief update (we suggest 200 words limit).

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Notable Alumni

Christopher Tye

1509 – 1512 (chorister)
1522 – 1536

Notable Tudor composer. Possibly Master over the Choristers

Orlando Gibbons

1596 – 1599


John Cowell

1562 – 1567

Became Regius Professor of Civil Law in Cambridge University and in 1598, Master of Trinity Hall.

James Essex

Born 1724; school 1734

English builder and architect

William Sterndale Bennett

1824 – 1826

C J Sorley

1906 – 1908

War poet

Lord Ramsey of Canterbury

1916 -1919

Archbishop of York form 1956 – 1961
Archbishop of Cantebury from 1961 -1974

Sir Michael Swann

Jelf era

Chairman of the BBC

Lieutenant General Sir William P Oliver

Jelf era

A Vice-Chief of Imperial General Staff and British High Commissioner to Australia

Simon Preston


Christ Church, Oxford and then Westminster Abbey

Andrew Wiles

Born 1953

Mathematician: proving Fermat’s Last Theorem

Ben and Jonathan Finn


Writers of the Sibelius Music Notation software


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