Notable Former PupilsSee also: Category:People educated at Saffron Walden Grammar School
- Sir Thomas Smith (d.1577), learned and eminent statesman in the reign of Edward VI and Elizabeth I, is said to have attended the school. However according to Smith's biographer, Mary Dewar, 'Earlier traditions associating his education with Saffron Walden Grammar School are unfounded, despite his later interest in it'. Smith did, however, cause the school to become a royal foundation in the reign of King Edward VI.
- Gabriel Harvey (c. 1545–1630) - writer and notable scholar of the 16th century, whose conduct while at the school was satirized by Thomas Nashe in Have with You to Saffron-Walden (1596).
- Edward Mellish (1880–1962) - recipient of the Victoria Cross
- Sir Henry Marking (11 March 1920 – 16 May 2002) - Company lawyer and former British Airways boss
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