Church of England School 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.
The new School is proud of its wide range of extra curricular
activities, which includes the arts and competitive sports and as a result of our status as a Specialist School for the Performing
Arts, we now have well equipped Dance and Drama studios and
a new music suite next to our popular new dining room and
our Community Sports Centre.
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 School is a school
with 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 on:
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 .
BROMHEAD (29 August 1845 - 9 February
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.
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 (now Magnus Church of England
School) and excelled in physics and arithmetic.
GODFREY NEWBOLD HOUNSFIELD (28 August
1919 - 12 August 2004)
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.
Wolfit was an English actor-manager, knighted in 1957 for
his services to the theatre.
DONALD WOLFIT (20 April 1902 - 17
Donald Wolfit (born Wolfitt) was born in Newark, and attended
the Thomas Magnus Grammar School (now Magnus Church of England
School) and made his stage début 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.
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.
HENRY "DUSTY" HARE (29
William "Dusty" Hare was born in Newark and attended
The Thomas Magnus Grammar School (now Magnus Church of England
School.) He later joined Nottingham R.F.C. and then Leicester
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
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
Knight competed in the first solo rowing race across the Atlantic
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 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
Rt. Rev Barry Rogerson attended Magnus Grammar School from
1947 to 1952 before going on to study at Leeds University
and Wells Theological College.
REV BARRY ROGERSON
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
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.
Marston was a renowned scholar of international law, although
he also taught and wrote on criminal and contract law.
|DR GEOFFREY MARSTON (1938 - 2002)
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
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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