Chingford Foundation School

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Chingford Foundation School is a coeducational state secondary school located in Chingford in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. It is a specialist Humanities College and has been an academy since October 2012.


Chingford County High School (a co-educational, selective grammar school) was opened in 1938, in temporary premises at Hawkwood House in Yardley Lane. In the following year it was evacuated to the west of England and it did not begin to occupy its present buildings in Nevin Drive until 1941. The school was enlarged in 1957. In 1968, secondary schools in Waltham Forest adopted the Comprehensive system. It became Chingford Senior High School with a mixed-ability intake of 14 to 18 year-olds. Following another borough-wide reorganisation programme in 1986, the age range changed to 11 to 16, and a further name change to Chingford School. In 1993, the school became grant maintained, giving the school direct government funding and autonomy from the local authority. This allowed the school to re-establish its sixth form facility, for years 12 and 13. A new Sixth Form Centre was opened in 1997.

In 2000 the school became a Foundation school, meaning that the school is maintained by the local authority but the governors are responsible for their own admission policy and procedures. The current headteacher of the school is Mr M Morrall who took control of the school on 1 September 2007 replacing Mr C Moore.

Between July 2006 and July 2007 the school had extensive building works, in which a new sports hall and staff room were built.

The mission statement for the school (as taken from the Chingford Foundation School prospectus of October 2007), is as follows; "Chingford Foundation School want to provide a high calibre education and equality of opportunity for young people, of all backgrounds and abilities, within a comprehensive system. We aim to provide a secure, caring, and stimulating learning environment through expert teaching and support staff to ensure that all students achieve their full potential and are equipped with skills, knowledge, and understanding to become responsible adults."

Since converting to an academy, the school is now run by the Chingford Academies Trust, which also includes Rush Croft Foundation School.

Notable alumni

  • David Beckham, professional footballer
  • James Alexandrou, actor, formerly in EastEnders
  • Sir Peter Harding GCB, (born 2 December 1933), former Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Royal Air Force Chief of the Air Staff, and Chief of Defence Staff (professional head of the British Armed Forces)
  • Harry Kane (footballer), professional footballer, Tottenham Hotspur
  • Sir Jonathon Ive, designer, Apple Computers
  • Afolabi Obafemi, professional footballer with Leyton Orient
  • Simon Khan, professional golfer
  • Dwight Gayle, professional footballer with Crystal Palace

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