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The Sanders School is a mixed-gender secondary school for students aged between 11 and 16 located in Hornchurch, London Borough of Havering, UK. It was a specialist science school until recently and it shares its grounds with Sutton's Junior & Infant school, just off Suttons Lane. It consists of three main buildings and a large sports field and playground.

Sanders School
Coordinates51°33′00″N 0°12′54″E / 51.5500°N 0.2149°E / 51.5500; 0.2149Coordinates: 51°33′00″N 0°12′54″E / 51.5500°N 0.2149°E / 51.5500; 0.2149
TypeFoundation school
Established1937 (actual)
1938 (official)
FounderLady Simon
Local authorityLondon Borough of Havering
Department for Education URN102341 Tables
Head teacherStuart Brooks
Age11 to 16



The school was opened as Suttons Modern Secondary School in 1937 but was only officially opened on 2 June 1938 by Lady Simon. It was built to provide educational facilities for between 950 and 1,100 students. It originally housed boys and girls in different departments with the boys on the southern edge, eventually running as two separate school establishments (one for boys and the other for girls) in 1945. The two "establishments" were amalgamated as one mixed school in 1953.[2]

On 24 March 1943, an American volunteer with the RAF, Flying Officer Raimund Sanders Draper deliberately crashed his Spitfire to avoiding hitting the school, after engine failure on take-off from RAF Hornchurch. In 1973 the school was renamed in his honour to Sanders Draper School and again in 2014 to Sanders School.[3]

Exam ResultsEdit

In 2009 52% of pupils achieved at least 5 GCSE's at grades A* to C including English and Maths.[4]

Ofsted InspectionsEdit

The school was last inspected by Ofsted in 2017. It was placed into special measures however was appealed, which reversed this.

Notable former pupilsEdit


  1. ^ Ofsted School information[permanent dead link] Official UK schools body information pages
  2. ^ British History online, excerpt from "A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7"
  3. ^ A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7
  4. ^ "Havering: GCSE and A-level results for 2009". The Guardian. January 13, 2010.

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