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  Magnus Church of England Academy was launched on 1st February 2014. Before this it was know as Magnus Church of England School which was formed from the amalgamation of two schools: the Magdalene High School, which was named after Newark's Parish Church, St. Mary Magdalene, and the Thomas Magnus School. Thomas Magnus was Chaplain to King Henry VIII and gave money to start a Grammar School and a Song School.

As an academy we are proud of our wide range of extra curricular activities, which includes the arts and competitive sports. We have well equipped dance and drama studios and a new music suite next to our popular newly refurbished dining room.

We have an outstanding history and excellent modern facilities. Our aim is to use these gifts from the past and present to enable our students to have the best possible future.


Magnus Church of England Academy has a great historical tradition dating back to the time of Henry VIII and has many famous former pupils. We are currently in the process of developing and alumni programme to include sporting clubs, reunion events and the opportunity to speak to our current students via assemblies. If you are an ex-Magnus student and would like to get involved and have ideas for progressing this project, please contact yvonne.mcadam@magnuscofe.notts.sch.uk

GONVILLE BROMHEAD (29 August 1845 - 9 February 1892)

Gonville Bromhead was the recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and commonwealth forces.

He was educated at the Thomas Magnus Grammar School where one of the School Houses - 'Bromhead' is named after him.

At the age of 33 Bromhead was a lieutenant in the British Army fighting in the Zulu War, when he was awarded the VC for bravery at Rorke's Drift, South Africa. After the battle he was immediately promoted to Captain and then Brevet Major.

Bromhead died of typhoid in Dabhaura, India, where he is buried in a military cemetery. The church at Thurlby in Lincolnshire has a stained glass window dedicated to him. His grandfather, who fought at the Battle of Waterloo, is buried in its churchyard.

In the 1964 film ZULU, Gonville Bromhead was portrayed by Michael Caine, in his first starring role.

SIR GODFREY NEWBOLD HOUNSFIELD (28 August 1919 - 12 August 2004)

Godfrey Hounsfield was born in Sutton-On-Trent, on August 28 1919. He was the youngest of five children. As a child he was fascinated by the electrical gadgets and machinery found all over his parents' farm. Between the ages of eleven and eighteen, he tinkered with his own electrical recording machines, launched himself off haystacks with his own home-made glider and almost killed himself by using water filled tar barrels and acetylene to see how high they could be water jet propelled. He attended the Thomas Magnus Grammar School and excelled in physics and arithmetic.

His name is immortalised in the Hounsfield scale, a quantitative measure of radio density used in evaluating CT scans.

In 1951, Godfrey Hounsfield began work at EMI Ltd. where he researched guided weapon systems and radar. There, he became interested in computers and in 1958, he helped design the first commercially available all-transistor computer made in Great Britain. Shortly afterwards, he began work on the CT scanner at EMI. He continued to improve CT scanning, introducing a whole-body scanner in 1975, and was senior researcher (and after his retirement in 1984, consultant) to the laboratories.

Hounsfield received numerous awards in addition to the Nobel Prize. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire in 1976 and Knighted in 1981. He never married and died in 2004.

SIR DONALD WOLFIT (20 April 1902 - 17 February 1968)

Donald Wolfit was an English actor-manager, knighted in 1957 for his services to the theatre.

Donald Wolfit (born Wolfitt) was born in Newark, and attended the Thomas Magnus Grammar School and made his stage d´┐Żbut in 1920. He first appeared in the West End in 1924.

Wolfit's speciality was Shakespeare. Wolfit was primarily a stage actor, although he appeared in over thirty films and worked extensively for the BBC. Ronald Harwood was his dresser and he based his play The Dresser (later turned into a film) on his relationship with Wolfit.

Wolfit was also an important influence on the early acting career of Harold Pinter, who worked for the Donald Wolfit Company, King's Theatre, Hammersmith, in 1953-54, performing eight roles with him.

Wolfit's last appearance on stage was in a musical in 1966-7. He died in London at the age of 66.

WILLIAM HENRY "DUSTY" HARE (29 November 1952)

Hare is a former England rugby union footballer, and currently holds the world record for points scored in a first class rugby career with 7,337 points.

William "Dusty" Hare was born in Newark and attended The Thomas Magnus Grammar School. He later joined Nottingham R.F.C. and then Leicester Tigers.

He made his England debut 16 March 1974 in a match against Wales, and played his final game ten years later, having gained 25 caps. He toured with the British Lions in New Zealand in 1983.

Hare was also a good cricketer, and played matches for Nottinghamshire between 1971 and 1977. He retired from club rugby in 1988 and is is the chief scout at Leicester Tigers.

He served on the Barbarian Committee between 1989 and 1992 and was awarded an MBE in 1989. Prior to a full-time career at Leicester Tigers, Dusty was a farmer. He was also awarded an honorary Bachelor of Arts degree from Leicester University in 1990.


Sam Knight competed in the first solo rowing race across the Atlantic in 2002.

Sam Knight was a student at the Thomas Magnus School (now Magnus Church of England School) in the 1990's and as a student at Oxford University, Sam was part of the Boat Race squad in 2002.

In 2005 Sam Knight took part in the first ever solo rowing race across the world's second largest ocean the Atlantic. Sam trained for 10 hours a day for more than 2 months in preparation for the race. During the race he pulled himself across 3,000 miles of open sea and raised thousands of pounds for Leukaemia Research.


The Rt. Rev Barry Rogerson attended Magnus Grammar School from 1947 to 1952 before going on to study at Leeds University and Wells Theological College.

He was ordained in 1962 and then held curacies in South Shields and Bishopwear. From 1967-1975 he was a Lecturer at Lichfield Theology College and Wells Theological College, after which he became Vicar of St Thomas' in Wednesfield. After being elevated to the episcopate (the collective body of Bishops), he was appointed Bishop of Wolverhampton and later Bishop of Bristol.

In his retirement, he serves as an Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Bath and Wells and is a Governor of the University of the West of England.


Geoffrey Marston was a renowned scholar of international law, although he also taught and wrote on criminal and contract law.

Geoffrey Marston was born in Sheffield, but was educated at Magnus Grammar School, Newark. After leaving Magnus he went on to obtained his undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral degrees in law from London University. In the 1960's he began work with the Commonwealth Public Service in Canberra, Australia where he became a senior officer in the Department of Trade and Industry and from 1964 was involved in international trade negotiations.

He was a Tutor with the Faculty of Law at the Australian National and was appointed to a University Lectureship at the University of Cambridge in 1973. More recently he was elected to a Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College where he was Tutor and Dean.
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