Alumni Community

The Rugbeian Society is acknowledged to be one of the leading school alumni organisations in the UK.  Rugbeians and Rugby parents are actively engaged in a great many social and business activities ensuring that the extended Rugbeian Community keeps in touch with each other and the School. 

The rich heritage of alumni who have gone on to excel in all areas of life in literature, politics, science, the arts, and sport, include:

  • William Webb Ellis (1806–1872) inventor of rugby football
  • Rupert Brooke (1887 – 1915) poet
  • Neville Chamberlain (1869 – 1940) UK Prime Minister
  • Sir Sydney Nicholson (1875 – 1947) organist of Westminster Abbey
  • Robert Hardy (1925 - 2017) actor, whose roles include Cornelius Fudge in Harry Potter
  • Chris Brasher (1928–2003) co-founder of the London Marathon, also pacemaker for Roger Bannister when he broke the 4-minute mile
  • Professor Donald Michie (1923-2007) artificial intelligence scientist, worked with Alan Turing at Bletchley Park
  • Anthony Horowitz OBE (1955) novelist and screenwriter including Sherlock Holmes, House of Silk, Foyle’s War and James Bond
  • Will Butler-Adams OBE (1974) Brompton Bicycle Company
  • Polly Stenham (1986) playwright, screenwriter

 With just over 9000 active Rugbeians across the world and generations, the Rugbeian Community continues to grow and strengthen. 


The Rugby School community will physically re-unite in September. We are proud of our staff and students who have engaged in a full, virtual timetable enabling us all to flourish during this challenging time. Plans for a safe return of the whole School community will involve comprehensive risk assessments and a commitment to the BSA COVID-SAFE Charter. Find out more about our bespoke virtual visits and Open Days here