Tres Bon (2) - St Bon's illustrious alumni

Monday 30 October 2017

This is the second of two posts, celebrating St Bonaventure's school 140th anniversary.  The first, here, looks at the first 75 years of the school's history.

This article features some of the school's prominent former pupils.  We are entirely dependent on the school's website for the list of names (see here), although have supplemented these by other details, and in a number of cases, photos from other sources.

The list is selective, but impressive - a testimony to the fine work done by the school.


Peter Bakare
B 1989. British Olympian. Represented Team GB in Men's Volleyball team in London 2012.

John Chiedozie
b 1960. Footballer. Born in Nigeria. Played for Leyton Orient and signed for a massive £600k for then English First Division team Notts County. Played 110 times and scored 15 goals. Moved to Spurs in 1984, where he spent 4 years, played 53 times and scored 12 goals. Replaced in the team by Chris Waddle.

Patrick Diai
B 1990. Twice university boxing champion - 2010 and 2012. Graduated in Electronic and Computing engineering from Brunel University.

Jermain Defoe
B 1982. Footballer. Started with Charlton; later played for West Ham, Spurs, Portsmouth, Toronto and Sunderland. Currently with Bournemouth. Played 57 times for England, for whom he has scored 20 goals. Currently well known for befriending terminally ill and recently deceased Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery.

Anthony Edgar
B 1990. Footballer. Cousin of Jermain Defoe. Spent youth at West Ham and has played for Dagenham and Redbridge, Yeovil, Bournemouth and Barnet.

Clayton Fortune
B 1982. Footballer. Played for Spurs, Bristol City, Port Vale and Leyton Orient.

Chris Hughton
B 1958. Footballer/Manager. Full back with Spurs, winning FA Cup twice and Uefa Cup once. International career with Irish Republic with 53 caps. Latterly manager, with spells with Newcastle, Birmingham, and Norwich.  Currently Manage of Brighton HA.

Terry Lawless
B 1933, d 2009. Boxing trainer and manager. Based at Royal Oak in Canning Town and responsible for careers of Frank Bruno, Charlie Magri, Jim Watt, Joe Clazaghe and Gary Mason.

Martin Ling
B 1966. Football player and manager. Played for, among others, Brighton and Leyton Orient. Has managed Leyton Orient, Torquay and Swindon Town.

Andre Thomas
B 1989. Until very recently, assistant manager at Clapton FC.


Lance Agyepong - 'Gracious K'
B 1988. Local Grime artist, best known for 'Migraine Skank'. Cousin of Dizzee Rascal.

Charles Babalola
B 1990. Actor. Graduated from London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts. Best known for appearances in The Legend of Tarzan (2016), State Zero (2015), and Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015).

Junior Busia
B 1993. Music producer. Known as Jay Vade.

Nana-Kofi Busia
B 1989. Music producer. Known as Dr Kane. With younger brother, junior (above) - they form the Dr Vades.

Ted Childs OBE
B 1934. TV and film producer. Between 1970's and 1990's responsible for a host of hit TV programmes, including: The Sweeny, Minder, Sharpe, Soldier, Soldier, Inspector Morse, Lewis and Kavanagh QC.

Kwasi Danquah
B 1986. Musician. Better known as Tinchy Stryder.

Darren Hart
Theatre, TV and film actor. A regular on CBeebies and at local theatres, Hackney Empire and Theatre Royal Stratford.

John Junkin
B 1930, d 2006. Actor, playwright, comedian. Started career with Joan Littlewood's Theatre Workshop in Stratford. TV regular from 1960's - 1990's.

Denis King
B 1939. Musician and composer. Part of 50's favourites, The King Brothers. Latterly responsible for many iconic TV theme tunes. Double Ivor Novello winning composer, for themes for Black Beauty and Privates on Parade.

Gregor Mapfumo
B 1988. Songwriter/performer. Known as Terry Trill.

Stephen Mulhern
B 1977. Magician, performer, presenter. Youngest person to be admitted to Magic Circle. Now TV performer and presenter on shows such as Catchphrase and Britain's Got More Talent.

Glen Murphy MBE
B 1957. Actor and charity worker. Throughout the 1980's and 1990's was a regular on many British TV shows and films, including - most famously - London's Burning. Awarded MBE in 2010 for charity work.

Steve-John Shepherd
B 1973. Actor. A wide range of TV and film roles. Best known for his part in East Enders.

Johnathan Woodhouse
B 1987. Actor, director, producer. Starred in The Lady, in which he played the son of Burmese freedom fighter and current First State Counsellor of the country, Aung Sun Suu Kyi.

Science and industry

Dr Steve Acquah
B 1980. Scientist. Established Geosat (Global Education Outreach for Science Engineering and Technology) with Nobel prize winner Sir Harry Kroto.

Tim Campbell MBE
B 1979. Businessman and entrepreneur. First winner of TV's The Apprentice. Chair of board of St Bon's governors.

Sir Edward Fennessy
B 1912, d 2009. Electronic innovator. Influential figure in development of RADAR, to detect WW2 German bombers. Post war became deputy chair of the GPO, with responsibility for encouraging the development of telephones in the home.

Dr Behrad Gholipour
B 1986. Nanotechnologist. Led a team that created new glass materials that have greatly increased the speed of computers.

Gordon Tucker
B 1968. Solicitor. Founder and managing director of GT Law.

Public service

Sir David Amess
B 1952. Conservative MP for Southend West. Knighted in 2015.

Gareth Bebb
B 1985. BBC news producer.

Voltaire Taiwo De Campos
B 1996. Peace campaigner. Presented Compassion Award by the Dalai Lama.

David Christie
B 1984. Labour councillor for Beckton, LBN.

Sit Peter Fahy
B 1959. Chief Constable Greater Manchester.

Desmond FitzGerald
B1888, d1947. Irish nationalist and father of former Irish PM, Garret FitzGerald. For more on his Forest Gate connection, see here.

Greg Kelly
B 1975. Sinn Fein councillor, Dublin city.

Terry Paul

Newham Councillor - Startford and Newtown.  Mayoral advisor on Housing.


  1. What was the name of the players who won the cook cup for the school in 1967

  2. I played in the final the manager was Mr saunders

  3. I rember glen Murphy paddy grant Eric luxton

    1. I also remember Glen Murphy and Chris Houghton.Also I remember Paddy Grant well

  4. Gracious K and Terry Trill were sick


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