Cherwell School will soon be celebrating its 60th anniversary and we’re starting to plan a number of special events for alumni, so please do get in touch.

If you have been a student at Cherwell at any point during the last sixty years, we’d love to hear from you.

Cherwell alumni include:

Polly Chase

Novelist & Journalist

Cherwell Student (Completed A Levels in 1990)

Polly Chase worked as a journalist for women’s magazines and national newspapers for many years and now writes novels under the name Eve Chase. She is published in the UK by Michael Joseph, Penguin Books, and her novels have been translated into many languages.

Black Rabbit Hall won the Saint Maur en Poche Best Foreign Fiction Novel prize in France, 2019. The Vanishing of Audrey Wilde was longlisted for the HWA Gold Crown Prize, 2018. Her new novel, The Glass House comes out in May 2020.

Ben Werdmuller

Tech startup founder & investor

Cherwell student 1992 – 1997

Ben founds, invests, and develops technology startups for social good. His first web platform was used by organizations like Oxfam and the World Bank for teaching and learning. His second helped journalists quickly send video footage back from locations like Syria and Air Force One. He was the Director of Investments at Matter, which invested in media startups in partnership with institutions like the AP and the New York Times. He was also a senior engineer at Medium and the Geek in Residence at the Edinburgh Festivals. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.

Will Wiles

Novelist & Journalist

Completed his sixth form with Cherwell in 1996

Today Will Wiles is a successful novelist, his third novel Plume published in 2019 by HarperCollins. Will is an architecture and design journalist, and was deputy editor of “Icon”, a leading British design magazine. His writing has appeared in “Cabinet”, “New Statesman”, and other publications.

Carrie Quinlan

Actor & Writer

Cherwell student 1992-94 (sixth form)

Carrie works as an actor in theatre, radio and television. She’s just appeared in the eighth series of John Finnemore’s Souvenir Programme, and plays the host on Agendum, both on Radio 4. Most recently she’s appeared on stage in Orpheus Descending by Tennessee Williams, and on television in Home for Channel 4. Carrie’s written for comedy for shows including Dave Gorman’s Modern Life is Goodish, Tracey Ullman’s Show and That Mitchell & Webb Sound.

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