Kettering Grammar School
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One of its early seats was a small building on Gold Street that was demolished during the 1960s "anything goes" era of town centre planning.
The final incarnation of the school was on Windmill Avenue (you can just see the school in this photo - the row of windows with mobile phone aerials above - next to the tree on the right), to the east of the town north of Wicksteed Park. Up to 1964, the school had shared a purpose-built premises on Bowling Green Road (A6003) with its girls' equivalent - Kettering High School. After the move to Windmill Avenue (A6098), the Bowling Green Road building was taken over by Kettering Borough Council as its headquarters office, a function it still performs.
In later years the Windmill Avenue buildings housed Kettering Boys School, with many of the same teachers as the Grammar School but no longer selective, and now part of the area's Comprehensive education system. It operated on two sites - a lower and upper school. The Kettering High School became Kettering School for Girls on Lewis Road (near Wicksteed Park).
Further education college
The Windmill Avenue site has been occupied by Tresham College of Further and Higher Education (Kettering Campus) since 1993. The former Grammar School buildings were knocked down in 2007 to make way for the Tresham's new block.
In the 1960s, Geoffrey Perry, head of the school Physics department experimented with using satellite signals and the Doppler effect as an aid to teaching. The activity soon grew into regular monitoring of Soviet launched satellites and expanded into an international collaboration that became known as the Kettering Group. The group was headed by Geoffrey Perry, who by then had become Head of Science Teaching. On the technical front Geoff was partnered by the head of the Chemistry department, Derek Slater - a Radio Amateur, G3FOZ.
Work of the group involved tracking satellites with radios, and eavesdropping on communications to cosmonauts, as well as analysing orbits in an attempt to identify different subsets. In 1966, the fledgling group discovered the location of a new secret Soviet launch station in north Russia, Plesetsk, before the American military or intelligence services had released details.
In 1973 the group tracked Skylab  and in July 1975, the team calculated that the Soyuz - Apollo link up would take place 140 miles over Bognor Regis on 17 July 1975, although the space craft would be travelling at five miles per second.
In 1978 the group predicted the crash of Cosmos 954 spacecraft, before this was confirmed by other agencies.
In May 1985, Geoffrey Perry talked about the project in the Radio 4 programme The Kettering Project. In March 1987, Channel 4 featured the project in the programme Sputnik, Bleeps, and Mr Perry.
Pictures of the school's space tracking team, originally published in The Times newspaper, would later find themselves onto record covers of The Wonder Stuff for their album, Construction for the Modern Idiot.
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- Keith Barwell, businessman
- H. E. Bates - writer
- Don Breckon (artist, particularly railway subjects)
- David Brew, Chief Executive from 2000-3 of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
- Jim Dale - entertainer
- Stephen Dunmore, Chief Executive from 2004-8 of the Big Lottery Fund
- John Gill - theologian
- John Alfred Gotch, architect
- Thomas Cooper Gotch, painter
- Prof A. H. Halsey, Professor of Social and Administrative Studies from 1978-90 at the University of Oxford
- Prof Brian Loasby, Professor of Management Economics from 1971-84 at the University of Stirling
- John Newing CBE, Chief Constable from 1990-2000 of Derbyshire Constabulary
- Norman Page, Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Nottingham; editor and literary biographer
- Sir Kenneth Parker, High Court Judge on the Queen's Bench since 2009
- Keith Roberts, science fiction writer
- Phil Sawford - Labour MP from 1997-2005 for Kettering
- John White, Executive Chairman since 2006 (and former Chief Executive from 1993–2006) of Persimmon plc
- Kenneth Woolmer, Baron Woolmer of Leeds, Labour MP from 1979-83 for Batley and Morley
- Tony Wright - Labour MP from 1997-2010 for Cannock Chase and from 1992-7 for Cannock and Burntwood
- Tom "Mouth.Spunkmore" Langley, professional poker player
- Professor Sir Peter Crane, Director of Kew Gardens 1996 - 2006 approx.
- Sir Horace Gentleman (Stephen Panter) - Bass Guitarist with The Specials and Artist
- Vice Admiral Sir Paul Lambert KCB - Royal Navy (ret) Secretary General of The Order of St John
- Dr Paul Stamper - Archeologist
- Bob Croft - Somerset County Archeologist
- Brian Dix - Archeologist
Kettering Boys' School
- Paul Napier, Editor since 2006 of the Yorkshire Evening Post
- Kettering Old Grammar School Foundation
- Kettering Grammar School Satellite Tracking Group
- Satellite Tracking Group - a personal experience
- History of the Kettering Group
- Satellite tracking
- The Old Cytringanians