Acton High School

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Template:Infobox UK school Acton High School & Centre For Media Arts


It has students between the ages of 11 to 18 and the headteacher is currently Dr Andrew Sievewright. In September 2012, the school will offer places in a newly established sixth form. This initially will involve around 100 students in Year 12, to be expanded to around 200 students by the second year in September 2013. Ofsted has labelled the school as "outstanding" (2006–2007). Ofsted then commented

"Acton High School & Centre for Media Arts - a centre of excellence..."

It is on Gunnersbury Lane (A4000) just north of Acton Town tube station.


Grammar school

It was known as Acton County Grammar School, which opened in 1906 for 200 boys. It was the first purpose-built county grammar school in Middlesex. In 1958, it began admitting girls, becoming fully co-educational in 1966. In 1965, the school's administration moved from Middlesex County Council to the London Borough of Ealing. When proposals for going comprehensive appeared in 1966, parents took the LEA to court and lost.


It became a comprehensive in 1974, when Ealing borough adopted the three tier system, and was known as the Reynolds High School. School colours were brown and cream, with a badge showing a ring of oak leaves around a portcullis with the school name superimposed. Reynolds High School closed in July 1984 and re-opened in September the same year as Acton High School on the merger with the Faraday High School, formerly based at Bromyard Avenue. The old brick buildings were demolished in 2005 and a new school building built on the same site.

Opening ceremony of the new school

Acton High School held an opening ceremony on 28 June 2006. The guest of honour was George Alagiah, journalist and broadcaster. He was interviewed on stage by Andy Tran and Fazheelah Mir after an introduction in the form of an "outside broadcast" by Thomas Edwards and Stella Weyama.

Notable alumni

Acton County Grammar School

  • Sir Austin Bide, chemist and industrialist
  • Prof Terence Burlin, radiology physicist
  • Roger Daltrey CBE, musician, founder member of The Who
  • John Entwistle,musician, founder member of The Who
  • John "Speedy" Keen, musician for Thunderclap Newman, who wrote the 1960s song Something in the Air and a song for The Who, Armenia City in the Sky
  • Colin Phipps, petroleum geologist and Labour MP from 1974-9 for Dudley West
  • Pete Townshend, musician, founder member of The Who
  • Bernard Wex OBE, civil engineer and bridge designer, notably of the Humber Bridge and the Foyle Bridge
  • Leonard E. H. Williams CBE DFC, Chief Executive from 1967-81 of the Nationwide Building Society
  • Warren Neill, professional footballer with QPR and Portsmouth FC
  • Anthony Valentine, actor

Acton High School

  • Paul Bruce, Professional footballer (1996-2008)
  • Gemma Cairney, BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ and fashion stylist
  • Jamal Edwards, entrepreneur/founder of SBTV
  • Caroline O'Connor, Olympic rower



External links

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