The school that's the oldest in Essex attended by Noel Edmunds, Frank Lampard and Jodie Marsh

Brentwood School in Essex
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The oldest school in Essex, the independent Brentwood School, has a long-standing tradition of excellence in education. It has also produced a number of local and international celebrities, including television presenters, footballers, influencers, bodybuilders and politicians.

Brentwood School was founded by Sir Antony Browne, a prominent Tudor courtier, under a royal charter granted by Queen Mary I. The school initially served to educate the sons of local merchants and farmers. Over the centuries, it has evolved into a co-educational institution known for its rigorous academic standards, extensive extracurricular programs, and strong community values.

More recently, the school has nurtured numerous notable alumni who have excelled in various fields, including entertainment, sports, and media.

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Noel Edmonds

Noel Edmonds, a prominent television presenter and producer, attended Brentwood School in the 1960s. Best known for hosting popular shows like "Multi-Coloured Swap Shop," "Top of the Pops," and "Deal or No Deal," Edmonds has had a significant impact on British television. His career, spanning over five decades, has earned him recognition as one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry. Edmonds credits his time at Brentwood School for providing a strong foundation in communication and public speaking.

Frank Lampard

Frank Lampard, arguably one of England's greatest footballers, also attended Brentwood School. Lampard's exceptional talent on the football field became evident during his school years, where he balanced his academic pursuits with his passion for sports. He went on to have a stellar career, most notably with Chelsea Football Club, where he became the club's all-time leading goal scorer. Lampard has also represented England in numerous international tournaments and later transitioned into a successful managerial career.

Jodie Marsh

Jodie Marsh, a well-known media personality, glamour model, and bodybuilder, is another notable alumni of Brentwood School. Marsh gained fame in the early 2000s through her appearances in reality TV shows and modelling work. She later reinvented herself as a fitness enthusiast and bodybuilder, earning accolades in bodybuilding competitions. Marsh has also been an advocate for anti-bullying and mental health awareness, drawing from her own experiences during her school years.

Tom Skinner

Tom Skinner is best known for appearing as a candidate on the fifteenth series of The Apprentice. More recently, he is known for his strong Cockney accent and "bosh" catchphrase that he coined on social media. He has since appeared on other shows including 8 Out of 10 Cats and Celebrity Masterchef and has also become known for posting his large and unusual breakfasts at Dino's Cafe in New Spitalfields Market on X (Twitter) and TikTok, generating millions of views.

Jack Straw

John Whitaker Straw is a British politician who served in the Cabinet from 1997 to 2010 under the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. He held two of the traditional Great Offices of State, as Home Secretary from 1997 to 2001, and Foreign Secretary from 2001 to 2006 under Blair.

He was a Member of Parliament (MP) for Blackburn from 1979 to 2015. Straw was born in Essex and privately educated both at Oaklands School, where his mother worked as a teacher, and later at Brentwood School.

Brentwood School’s alumni network reflects its diverse and comprehensive educational program, preparing students for success in various professional fields.

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