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This statement explains how the School (“we” and “our”) handles and uses the personal data we collect about our alumni and our past, current and future supporters, whether donors, volunteers or participants in membership groups that we run (“you” and “your”).  “The School” in this context means Magdalen College School Brackley Academy Trust and subsidiary businesses.  Developing a better understanding of our alumni and supporters allows us to keep in touch with you, in order to keep you apprised of our activities and developments, to provide services to you, and to identify ways in which you can support us, through donations or other forms of financial and non-financial support.

We are committed to protecting your personal information and being transparent about what information we hold. The following statement sets out how the School specifically uses your personal data for fundraising and alumni relations purposes.


Personal data held by the School

We may hold information relating to you from a number of sources. A significant proportion of the information we hold on alumni is that which you provide to us (for example, you may give us information by filling in forms on the School's website, or by corresponding with us by telephone, email or otherwise). If you are a student or studied at Magdalen, some of your personal data is transferred from your student record to the School’s alumni database.

Most records contain:

- your contact details (and we update these whenever you let us know that they have changed)

- your attendance at School events

- personal data provided by you for a specific purposes (e.g. disability and dietary preferences for event management purposes)

- your communication preferences, to help us provide tailored and relevant communications

We also record, where applicable, based on information which you provide to us:

- your career highlights and other life achievements

- information about your areas of interest and extra-curricular activities

Your data is used by us for a number of interdependent purposes in support of alumni relations, supporter communications and fundraising. 

These include:

- sending you publications (e.g. alumni newsletters and updates about the School)

- conducting surveys, including research on when and whether particular donations or funding appeals may be of interest to you

- providing services, including access to School facilities and alumni email accounts

- sending you details of volunteering opportunities

- inviting you to alumni and other School events

- internal record keeping, including the management of any feedback or complaints

- administrative purposes (e.g. in order to process a donation you have made or to administer an event you have registered for or attended)

Before seeking or accepting major donations we are required to conduct due diligence, including reviewing publicly available personal data relating to the donor's criminal convictions and offences.

Communications to you may be sent by post, telephone or electronic means (principally by email), depending on the contact details we hold and the preferences expressed by you about the types of communications you wish to receive.

If you have concerns or queries about any of these purposes, or how we communicate with you, please contact us using the details listed below.

We will always respect a request by you to stop processing your personal data, and in addition your statutory rights are set out below.


How we protect your data

We do not sell or share your personal data with third parties under any circumstances.

We facilitate communication between individual alumni, but in doing so we do not release personal contact details without prior permission.


Your rights

You have the right to:

- ask us for access to, or rectification or erasure of your data

- lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office at

The controller for your personal data is the Magdalen College School, and we can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Our Data Protection Officer is responsible for monitoring compliance with relevant legislation in relation to the protection of personal data, and can be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any concerns or questions about the above information or you wish to ask us not to process your personal data for particular purposes.  Where you have specific requests relating to how we manage your data, we will endeavour to resolve these, but please note that there may be circumstances where we cannot comply with specific requests.

We will retain your data indefinitely in support of your lifelong relationship with the School or until you request us to do otherwise.  We will publish on our website any changes we make to this data protection statement and notify you by other communication channels where appropriate.

Where you exercise your right to erasure, we will continue to maintain a core set of personal data (name email address and date of birth) to ensure we do not contact you inadvertently in future.  We may also need to retain some financial records about you for statutory purposes (e.g. Gift Aid, anti-fraud and accounting matters).

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Our Alumni form the foundation of what makes Magdalen College School the school it is today.  We are proud of their achievements in their lives after Magdalen and encourage Alumni to keep in touch with school. Our Alumni also serve as ambassadors for MCS and their experiences and achievements, some of which are shown below, become good examples of leadership, academic achievement, personal fulfilment and happiness to our current students.


Amy Davies









Amy Davies 93-2000

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

I loved music at school- I played the cello and enjoyed being in the orchestra for concerts and shows, such as Gypsy. I also have lovely sunny day memories of being sat in the grass on the field, enjoying life!

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Done so many things! I went to university for a short time(decided Music wasn't for me), went to work at the Banbury Guardian in Advertising, went back and took my Social Sciences University degree at Leicester when I was 21 and then became a Recruitment Consultant before realising (age 27) that Teaching was for me! This was influenced by time-spent working as a TA at Magdalen with Ms Lilley and the Faculty- she was an inspiration!

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

I think it has been the successes I've had in my current role as Head of Psychology at a School in North London. We made top 20 most improved departments in the East of England this year- a lovely thing after so much hard work! Either that or the World's highest bridge bungee jump!!

What advice would you give to our current students?

Never think anything is unachievable! Twice I have left good jobs and home to go back to study- once for my degree and the second time for my teacher training- and it was scary but also the best thing I ever did. Go for what you want and work hard for it.

And travel...the world is a big and beautiful place!

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

To make my psychology department the best in London! Or the world!!


Amanda Hodges

Amanda Phillips Hodges

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

Ski trips and PE, loved playing hockey for the school in the winter and the fantastic trips to Austria with Mr Richards and Mrs Glover. I can still remember being staggered when he told me the animal tracks in the snow were from an Austrian schnitzel, and I believed him for years!

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Worked in all kinds of different industries. I started off working overseas for 9 years as a holiday rep which was amazing and set me up for most things. I then worked in aviation for BA and Virgin. I now work for the NHS at Milton Keynes Hospital as a Deputy General Manager

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

Definitely graduating from the University of Birmingham as a Master of Science (that will be as big of a surprise to any of my ex teachers as it was to me!) 

What advice would you give to our current students?

Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do. Do as much as you can and what makes you happy. Get as much experience as you can and remain as positive as possible. Everything will be ok in the end, and if it’s not ok that just means it’s not the end yet!

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

Finish my Master of laws qualification and figure out a way to use it! Complete the Brighton marathon is under 4.5 hours in April.


Harry Brooker

Harry Brooker 2003-2010

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

Going on the World Challenge trip to Nepal in 2008 and seeing the Himalayas.

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Worked in Bristol and Milton Keynes doing Product Design, Graphic Design and CGI for some of the biggest car and electronics companies in the world.

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

Earning a degree in Creative Product Design from the University of the West of England.

What advice would you give to our current students?

To get the most out of yourself, focus on the things you're passionate about. Show devotion by putting time into your own project away from school that sets you apart from the crowd and will pay off later in life.

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

To design my own watch.


Adam Grant

Adam Grant

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

PE, competing in cross county for the school and electronics/metal work/wood work.

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Worked in several professions before deciding to train as an engineer. I am currently a Principal Engineer at a building services consultancy in Oxford.

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

Graduating from London South Bank University with 2-1 Being in Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

What advice would you give to our current students?

Don’t worry if you haven’t decided on a profession before leaving school or choosing which A levels to take or which University to go to. Whilst it will benefit you to know what you want to do early it is not essential. I did not start training as an engineer until my mid-twenties and graduated in my thirties. Engineers are sought after in the UK and there are plenty of companies who offer apprentice type programmes with day release to college and university.

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

Gain Chartered engineer (Ceng) status with CIBSE (Chartered institute of building services engineers).


Tony Black

Tony Black

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

Not many, to be frank. While I wasn’t unhappy at school, nothing much stood out for me – a possible exception would be French and English lessons. I seem to have a natural affinity with languages (possibly because of truly excellent English, French, and Latin Masters). I remember in particular, Mr Bourne, the Latin Master, who always wore a black tie, with a white skull just below the knot, crossed with a silver dagger, and with a single drop of red blood falling from it! Sartorial elegance personified – I wonder what that tie signified?

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

Gone to night school in Oxford and gained the O- and A-levels I should have tried to gain while I was at school. Went on to a blurred 6-months roadying for The Who (and gaining a different level of schooling altogether…), then joining the Army, in the Intelligence Corps. Moved swiftly on to what we called “the dark side” (use your imagination), and having a wonderful career. Left the Army, and joined De Beers, the diamond company. Rose and rose, and ended up as manager of two separate departments (but sadly, only one and a bit salaries) connected with my former life – and retired early to spend my ill-gotten gains on fine wine and travel.

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

Leaving aside the clichés of children/marriage, etc., probably the service I was able to give providing information to assorted powers concerning terrorist activity.

What advice would you give to our current students?

  1. Work harder than I did at school
  2. Do what you enjoy in life – and get paid for it, if at all possible!

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

To be more knowledgeable about wine, and to improve my bass guitar ability.


John Gillett

John Gillett 1948-56

What is your favourite memory of MCS?

Sugared buns from ‘Knibby’s’ tuck-shop.  The malty scent of the Brackley brewery.  Hymn practice in chapel with “Daddy Green”.  EN Jones and “Forry”.

Since leaving MCS what have you been doing?

I left MCS Brackley for National Service in The Royal Signals, and then I went to Jesus College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences and eventually to read Chemical Engineering.  I then worked as a process engineer and technical manager for 12 years in ICI Plastics Division; followed by 25 years in ICI/Zeneca/AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals (To describe what I did during this period would take a book!).  My life has had five strands: Family, Spiritual Development, Chemical Engineering, Caving and Education. When one strand performed badly I could always make up for it in another strand.  I have had and am still having a most enjoyable and fulfilling life.

What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?

This is difficult to answer as the word ‘largest’ is governed by opinion and experience, but there is at least one per strand of my life.  Family – I was happily married for 51 yrs and raised a daughter who is a chemical engineer.  Spiritual Development – Ongoing, but I have lectured and written a great deal; “The North Bucks Yokel” poetry book is probably the best.  Chemical Engineering – I started up the first computer controlled high pressure polyethylene plant, published many papers and a textbook “Hazard Study & Risk Assessment in The Pharmaceutical Industries”.  Caving – I led a successful expedition to The Gouffre Berger in 1983, wrote two books on caving and I am still caving in my eightieth year.  Education – I chaired the European Federation of Chemical Engineering Education Group for several years and wrote many papers on chemical engineering education and education in general.  I received an Honorary Doctorate for my work in education from l’Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse.

What advice would you give to our current students?

Think for yourself!  Be prepared!  Spend at least a quarter an hour of each day in peace and quiet.  Never stop learning!

Do you have a future goal? And if so what would it be?

To celebrate my eightieth birthday in style without passing out.

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Over the summer, Dr Dixon and Miss Charles took twenty-two of our Year 11 and 12 students (now Year 12 and 13) on an inspirational and exciting trip to Peru and Bolivia. 

The group travelled with Outlook Expeditions and spent twenty-eight days in the Andes trekking, volunteering in an orphanage, and visiting sites like Machu Picchu and the Bolivian Salt Plains. They began in Peru in the city of Cusco, high in the Andes. It took a few days for them to get used to the altitude and get prepared for the rest of our expedition.

The Year 11 students then completed the four-day Salcantay Trek. This is one of the hardest of the Inca trails with a pass of nearly 5000m above sea level. The trek finished at Machu Picchu (the ‘lost’ city of the Incas). The group arrived at this amazing place to see the sunrise and the clouds lift. Whilst the Year 11s were trekking, the Year 12 students spent four days volunteering in an orphanage near Cusco. Here we built a retaining wall for a new study centre, which involved moving several truckloads of rocks and mixing a lot of cement! We donated four old school laptops to the new study centre and several bags of sport’s kit. These will make a real difference to the orphans. After these four days the groups swapped, and after this, they made their way to Bolivia as one big group.


After an overnight bus ride from Peru, they arrived at the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia. The group completed an amazing four-day tour through the region where we saw stunning views of volcanoes, deep blue, yellow and green lakes, snow-covered peaks, geysers and amazing rock formations. The final stop was a giant blood-red lake made this colour by the billions of plankton that flamingos were feeding on. The last night was spent in a homestay nearly five thousand metres high, with a brilliant view of the Milky Way. Our students did phenomenally well throughout the trip, exceeding expectations from the very first day. Very well done to them all.

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To see Dr Dixon's fantastic write-up from the entire trip please visit the PDF below.

Peru and Bolivia 2017

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At Magdalen College School, we highly value our connection with our former students. We celebrate the achievements and experiences of our alumni with students, staff and the local community.

The school plans to host annual ‘Alumni Connect’ days, where alumni are invited back to mentor, guide and, most importantly, inspire our current students. They lead discussions on career choices, apprenticeships and higher education.

We are highly active across social media. Former staff and students are encouraged to engage with each other and the school via our Alumni & Old Bracklians facebook page, where we also publicise our alumni’s achievements and share memories of our school.



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