Old Simmarians

St. Mary’s Independent School is proud of the achievements of all of its pupils and is pleased to share some of their successes below:


We’d like to thank Tom Olding the College archivist, Fr Michael Peters and Alex Matthews for their efforts in providing these priceless archives of our history.

Please follow the link below for the school archives


  • Philip Hoare – Award-winning author
  • Andrew Surman – Former Southampton FC now a Bournemouth FC player
  • Richard Deverell – Director of Kew Gardens
  • Prof. Roger Williams, CBE – Specialist Doctor at King’s College Hospital in the treatment of pathological conditions of the liver and Director of the Institute of Hepatology.
  • Patrick Garland -Theatre and film director – probably the only old Simmarian to have won a Golden Globe!
  • Gerry Whent – Former Chief Executive of Vodaphone
  • Robert Chote – Director of the Office of Budget Responsibility
  • Nick Holmes – Southampton FA Cup winning team
  • Prof. Anthony Dickinson – Professor of Neuropharmacology, University College, London
  • John Burton-Race – Michelin starred celebrity chef who featured on Masterchef
  • Prof. Paul Rodhouse – British Antarctic Survey Team
  • Barry Clarke – President, Save The Children
  • Jonathan Lowe MBE – Lt. Col., Sandhurst
  • Bro. Francis Patterson OBE – Chairman of Trustees, St. Mary’s Independent School
  • Patrick Trant – Trant Constuction Co.
  • Lawrence Till – Artistic Director, Watford Palace Theatre
  • Prof. Nick Watkins – Professor in Centre for Analysis of Time Series at the London School of Economics.