Teddington School

Teddington School is a co-educational 11–18 school located in Teddington in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in south-west London. It has had academy status since 2012,[1] and opened a co-educational sixth form in 2014.

Teddington School
Logo for Teddington School.jpg
Broom Road

TW11 9PJ

Coordinates51°25′24″N 0°18′45″W / 51.4232°N 0.3124°W / 51.4232; -0.3124Coordinates: 51°25′24″N 0°18′45″W / 51.4232°N 0.3124°W / 51.4232; -0.3124
Department for Education URN138460 Tables
HeadteacherKathy Pacey
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentc. 1350
HousesPankhurst, Farah, Picasso, Parks
Colour(s)Teal and grey


As with other schools, latest exam results and related data are published in the Department for Education's national tables.[2]


The school opened in 1962 as the Teddington Secondary School, a single-sex school, taking over the senior boys of Stanley Road School when it ceased to cater for the full age-range, as well as the boys from Twickenham Technical School.[3] Pupils from the former St Mark's School in St Marks Road joined Teddington School in April 1963.[4]

From the late 1960s to the mid-1980s it was called Teddington Boys' School, the name being changed to Teddington School on the admission of girls in 1985 for the first time. The school's uniform colours during this period were black and red, with a school blazer badge displaying a swan upon a green background, the coat of arms of the County of Middlesex and a gold lion rampant on a red background, with the motto in Latin Meret Qui Laborat beneath.[Note 1] In the 1960s, the six houses were Bannister, Faraday, Brunel, Lovell, Churchill and Fleming.[5]

In 2010 under a central government public works programme entitled Building Schools for the Future, the original mid-20th century design school buildings on the Broom Road site and its attached hardcourt sports fields of an athletics field, football pitch and tennis courts, were demolished, and a new school building and sports ground were constructed by the builder Mace Group Limited at a cost of £36 million.[6] The new building was given a BREEAM 'Excellent' utility rating and was opened on 13 May 2011 by Vince Cable, the Member of Parliament for Twickenham, who in a speech praised its "brilliant architectural design", and how its structure "explores new ways of learning, creating a learning village around a social square". Richard Weeks, the Headteacher of the school at the time, stated that the new building "created a new learning environment physically and culturally which is very much more appropriate to the needs of the 21st Century".[7] The school was also re-branded at this time with its uniform being fundamentally redesigned to a teal and grey colour scheme and a kingfisher bird emblem.

The new school was initially designated as a 'Specialist Visual Arts College', but was reclassified to Academy status in August 2012.

An Ofsted inspection in February 2014 rated the school as "Good", stating that pupils were making "strong progress", and that the "teaching standard was good".[8] Later that year, a parent's complaint on Mumsnet regarding questionable language in GCSE drama classes was dismissed by most respondents as being unnecessary "censorship".[9]

A new two-storey building was constructed for an additional 240 pupils in 2014 with the inauguration of a sixth form at the school in 2014, in line with Richmond Borough Council's secondary school education policy.[10] In the 2015 year school leaving examinations the school exceeded its target results, however concerns were raised with the fact that around 40% of the school's sixth form AS-level examinees had failed to achieve pass grades in the subjects of Mathematics and Biology. John Wilkinson the School's newly appointed Headteacher addressed the concerns by stating that the results in this regard had under-performed because the Biology syllabus needed to be restructured, and the Mathematics results had been impaired by the admission of sixth-form students with lower GCSE grades than was standard educational practice, citing the need for schools to "be brave" in such matters, and not play safe in pursuance of short-term results statistics.[11]

In September 2017 on his appointment to the post of Chief Executive of the Richmond West Schools' Trust, John Wilkinson was re-designated as the Teddington School's 'Executive Headteacher', with Kathy Pacey being appointed as its new 'Head of School'.[12] In February 2018 Ofsted praised the functioning of the school's sixth form, but rated Teddington School otherwise as "Requiring Improvement", citing after an inspection in January 2018 concerns with: the main school's management; aspects of its quality of teaching - which was described as generally 'not good enough'; pupils being inattentive and pettily disruptive in some classes; that the school's internal administrative self-evaluation reporting had been found to be inaccurate to the degree that it created an overly generous impression of the school's working state, and a Governing body that was not properly executing its role of independent scrutiny of the school's managerial authority, which it had become too close to. Following the Ofsted findings the Chair of Governors resigned her post with immediate effect.[13][14]

In September 2018 the Government's Education and Skills Funding Agency issued Teddington School with a formal "Financial Notice to Improve" due to failing to set a balanced budget, and concerns over its financial control.[15]

The school became part of the Bourne Education Trust chain of schools in June 2018.

Exchange programmeEdit

The school has run an exchange programme with German School Geschwister-Scholl-Schule School in Konstanz since 1976.[16]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ The old uniform can be seen in the cinema film The Wild Geese (1978), in which pupils from the school staged a rugby match for two of the film's scenes.

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Teed, Paul. "Two Richmond schools officially academies". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Teddington School". Find and Compare Schools in England. Gov.uk. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Schools Timeline". Kids. The Twickenham Museum. Retrieved 7 January 2008.
  4. ^ "School History, Sacred Heart Primary School". Sacred Heart Primary School. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  5. ^ Teddington Secondary School Magazine 1965.
  6. ^ "Ceremony marks half-way point in Teddington School rebuild". Richmond Guardian, 3 June 2009. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  7. ^ 'Vince Cable MP opens Teddington School,' 18 May 2011 'BDP News Archive' (2019). http://www.bdp.com/en/latest/news/2011/vince-cable-mp-opens-teddington-school/
  8. ^ "Ofsted dashboard Teddington School. Published 9 March 2014.
  9. ^ Freeman, Simon (17 March 2014). "Mother abused for protest at swearing in school play". London Evening Standard. p. 10.
  10. ^ Buchanan, Clare (30 July 2013). "Two schools get approval for sixth forms". Richmond and Twickenham Times. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  11. ^ 'Teddington School Headmaster defends "extremely worrying" exam results', 'Richmond & Twickenham Times', 1 October 2015. https://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/13798101.teddington-school-headmaster-defends-extremely-worrying-exam-results/
  12. ^ 'Richmond School's new Chief Executive hails rapid improvement', Richmond & Twickenham Times', 11 October 2017. https://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/15589623.richmond-schools-new-chief-executive-hails-rapid-improvement/
  13. ^ “2018 Ofsted Report”
  14. ^ 'Teddington School not good enough says Ofsted', 'Richmond & Twickenham Times', 28 February 2018. https://www.richmondandtwickenhamtimes.co.uk/news/16055805.teddington-school-not-good-enough-says-ofsted/
  15. ^ [1] Government of the United Kingdom, 14 September 2018.
  16. ^ "Teddington School celebrates 40 exchange programme" Richmond and Twickenham Times, 4 November 2016.
  17. ^ Biographical entry for Castledine on Linkedin website (2020). https://uk.linkedin.com/in/stewart-castledine-09a31415
  18. ^ "The Servant star Nell Tiger Free tells of her exile from school play". Evening Standard. 10 December 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2019.
  19. ^ Neil Norman (9 July 2006). "Keira Knightley: Hungry for Success". The Independent. London. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  20. ^ Weeks, Richard (27 April 2009). "Keeping Cool". Retrieved 28 October 2012.
  21. ^ Freeman, Simon (17 March 2014). "Vicar's wife who didn't like her daughter studying play packed with swear words suffers stream of expletive-filled abuse". Evening Standard. Retrieved 8 September 2019.
  22. ^ [http://archive.thisisyork.co.uk/1999/10/8/321652.html Evening News Archive "This is York" 8 October 1999