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Fortismere has  quite an illustrious history and some rather famous and successful alumni! As well as these well known names, Fortismere alumni can be found in all walks of life. Many have chosen Fortismere for their own children. As an old Fortismere (or Creighton, Tollington or William Grimshaw) student, we always welcome your involvement. You can email us at and we'll send you news of developments at the school and invites to events. Your stories are invaluable to our current students, providing information and inspiration for varied paths in life, so please do get in touch if you can help - whatever route you've chosen and wherever you are now!


On 3rd December, forty-four ex-Creighton students returned to Fortismere for a special reunion tour to mark 50 years since the founding of Creighton School (which became Fortismere in the 1980s).  Alumni enjoyed a search through the school's archives as well as visits to old classrooms and the staff room! It was a wonderful opportunity to reflect and reconnect.

We have been working hard to track down more alumni, so if you know of any, please ask them to contact Ms Maria Demetriou at:

We will be organising more events in the future and would love to include as many ex-students as possible.


If you attended Tollington School, you may wish to look at the dedicated Old Tolly's website:

Celebrity Alumni

Ray Davies CBE

Ray Davies

He was the rhythm guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the internationally successful band, The Kinks, which he led with his younger brother, Dave (who also attended the school). He has also acted, directed and produced shows for theatre and television.

Sir Rod Stewart CBE

Rod Stewart

He is a British rock singer-songwriter and one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Michael Kiwanuka

Michael Kiwanuka

He is a British soul musician who has been compared to Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers and Otis Redding amongst others. He supported Adele on her 2011 world tour and in 2012, won the BBC's Sound of 2012 poll.  You can hear Michael being interviewed by Jamie Cullum for Radio 2 here - he even mentions his time at Fortismere!

Jess Glynne

Jess Glynne

She is an English singer and songwriter, only the second British female solo artist to have had five number-one singles in the UK.

Dexter Fletcher

Dexter Fletcher

He is an English actor and director. He has appeared in the Guy Ritchie film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, as well as television roles in such shows at Hotel Babylon, Band of Brothers and earlier in his career, the children's show Press Gang and the film Bugsy Malone. He directed the 2013 film based on the music of The Proclaimers, Sunshine on Leith and the 2016 film, Eddie the Eagle.

Rachel Whiteread CBE

Rachel Whiteread

She is an English artist who primarily produces sculptures. She was the first woman to win the annual Turner Prize in 1993. She was one of the Young British Artists who exhibited at the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition in 1997.  Among her most renowned works are House, a large concrete cast of the inside of an entire Victorian house, the holocaust memorial sculpture in Judenplatz Vienna and her sculpture for the empty plinth in Trafalgar Square.