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Townley Grammar School

Townley Grammar School is a grammar school with academy status for girls on Townley Road, Bexleyheath, in the London Borough of Bexley, England. It was previously known as Bexley Technical School for Girls. The school consists of Years 7–11, single sex (girls), and a mixed-sex sixth form.

Townley Grammar School
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Townley Road,

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Coordinates51°27′01″N 0°08′23″E / 51.4502°N 0.1398°E / 51.4502; 0.1398Coordinates: 51°27′01″N 0°08′23″E / 51.4502°N 0.1398°E / 51.4502; 0.1398
TypeGrammar School;
Department for Education URN137769 Tables
Head teacherDesmond Deehan (2009–present)
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentc. 1,502
HousesDemeter, Aphrodite, Persephone, Hestia, Athene, Hera, Artemis

In June 2018, the school was featured in the BBC Two documentary Grammar Schools: Who Will Get In?.[1]


The Sixth Form returns excellent exam results; in excess of 98% of students enter higher education at 18, and the school regularly appears in the Sunday Times Good Schools Guide.

In 2008 the school had 4 students going onto courses of study at Oxbridge, the highest number for a state school in Bexley.[2]

At GCSE, students perform well, consistently achieving a 100% pass rate.[3]

To gain entry to the school, students must pass the eleven-plus test in order to gain entry to year 7.


The school was awarded Specialist Status for the performing and visual arts in September 2004. The school converted to academy status in 2012, but continues to specialise in performing and visual arts as well as maths and computing.

All girls take eleven GCSEs. However, certain exceptional students can be entered early for subjects such as Art, Mathematics or Modern Foreign Languages if they have a special aptitude for the subject.

Mandarin is also part of the extracurricular programme.

Townley has a large mixed sixth form; students choose from some thirty five Advanced Level (AS and A2) courses.


The school is constructed on a 17-acre (6.9 ha) site and has sporting facilities. A new building was completed in 2006 which provides a theatre, recording studio, a large Sports Hall, five additional science laboratories, and a further ICT suite.

Extra-curricular activitiesEdit

Ofsted observed that the School's extra-curricular activities covered "an impressively wide range" and demonstrated "high standards of achievement".

The School has a long tradition for excellence in the Arts and was recently awarded the Gold Arts Mark. The school has three choirs, two orchestras, a concert band, string and woodwind ensembles.

Full-scale music, drama and dance productions have included Scarlatti's Stabat Mater, Benjamin Britten's Missa Brevis, Holst's Ave Maria, Dido and Aeneas, Vivaldi's Gloria, Oklahoma!, Sweet Charity, The Visit, Cabaret, 42nd Street, Rainbow's Ending, The Boy Friend, Cats, The Sound of Music, Bugsy Malone, Tales Untold, Jesus Christ Superstar Variations, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Oliver!, Hairsparay, and, their most recent production,"Annie". In December 2017, there will be a musical production of "The School of Rock."

Townley works with Rose Bruford College, Trinity College of Music, Laban, The Royal Ballet and Tate Modern.

Regular exchanges take place with The Shri Ram School in Delhi, India and the Franz Stock Gymnasium in Arnsberg, Germany. Adventure holidays for the lower school take place in the UK. The school also visits Silicon Valley, San Francisco.

Notable former pupils and staffEdit

  • Baroness Valerie Amos (1954–), Labour politician and diplomat, British High Commissioner to Australia. Member of Tony Blair's cabinet as Secretary of State for International Development, Leader of the House of Lords and Lord President of the Council. She was also the school's first black Deputy Head Girl.[4][5]
  • Zoe Smith, Olympic weightlifter, Commonwealth champion, finished at Townley in 2012[4]

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ Benn, Melissa (5 June 2018). "Grammar schools: Even the BBC is waking up to the painful, divisive reality I Melissa Benn". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Bumper Year for A Level Results", [The News Shopper], 16 August 2008. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  3. ^ "More Pupils Making GCSE Grade", The News Shopper, 29 August 2006. Retrieved 2009-03-11.
  4. ^ a b "Townley alumni". Townley Grammar School. Retrieved 13 November 2016.
  5. ^ Ali, Aftab (29 June 2015). "UK gains its first-ever female black university leader". The Independent. Retrieved 13 November 2016.

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