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Alumni and Destinations


In order to evaluate the effectiveness of our CEIAG Programme, each year we track the intended and actual destination data of both our Year 11 and Year 13 students.  We are proud to have a long history of ensuring our students move onwards and upwards with the future destinations and careers. The number of our students who move onto positive destinations is consistently above both the regional and national averages.


Holderness Academy is proud of its rich history dating back to 1954. Along the way we have had a plethora of notable alumni, including:

Joe Sturdy - Sturdy is a professional F1 trackside systems engineer and is currently working with Honda Redbull alongside drivers such as Max Verstappen & Sergio Perez. (Pictured on the right)

Lewie Coyle - Coyle is a professional footballer and captain for Hull City. Lewie plays in a defensive role and was a part of the 2020-21 EFL League One Champions team.

Chris Benstead - Benstead is Academy-Award winning film composer working alongside Guy Ritchie. Benstead is an OSCAR & BAFTA winner for his sound design & mixing on, Gravity (2013) starring Sandra Bullock & George Clooney. He has worked on famous films such as: Wonder Woman (2017), Aladdin (2019), The Gentleman (2019) and Wrath of Man (2021). (Chris pictured second from the right)

Kate Richardson - Kate is a silver Commonwealth Games medallist in the Melbourne games of 2006. She won her medal in the 4x200m freestyle relay. (Kate pictured on the right)

Karen Briggs MBE - Briggs was a professional judoka. Karen has won multiple awards and accolades in her sport including: Gold (1990 Auckland Commonwealth Games), Gold (1982, 1984, 1986, 1989 World Championships) Gold (1982 European Championship). Briggs was inducted into the IJF hall of fame in 2015 and has represented Great Britain at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.

Dr. Ian Singleton OBE - Singleton is director of the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). Ian was awarded his OBE for over 20 years’ work saving two species of orangutan from extinction. Singleton was a crucial member of a team that discovered and protected an entirely new species of orangutan in Sumatra, Indonesia, where they are critically endangered.

Josh Hodgson - Hodgson is a professional rugby league player playing for Canberra Raiders in the Australian NRL. Josh has played over 300 games in his long career, with 25 of these games representing England & Great Britain. Josh is regarded as one of the best Hookers of his time, he captained Canberra Raiders in the 2019 NRL Grand Final against the Sydney Roosters.

Lucie Charlton - Charlton is a renowned journalist & producer for several news networks including SKY News & ABC News (Australia). Lucie got her Masters Degree in Broadcast Journalism at the University of London.