Lambeth Academy

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Lambeth Academy is a co-educational secondary school in the English Academy programme, in the London borough of Lambeth, London (UK). Its sponsor company/charity is the United Learning Trust.


Lambeth Academy is owned and run by the United Learning Trust, a subsidiary of the United Church Schools Trust. In Summer 2011 the first group of students who had arrived in 2004 completed their A-levels and achieved excellent results. They have established an ex-alumni society called Lambeth Academicals, to maintain contact through sporting social and other activities. 2011 saw results rising to 58% of GCSE students obtaining 5A*-C grades, including English and Maths. This represented a 22% increase, making the Academy one of the most improved schools in London and placing it above the national average in this respect.

Lambeth Academy specialises in English with Business & Enterprise. There are around 180 in sixth form. It is situated on Elms Road just east of Clapham Common, off the A24, north of the junction with the South Circular Road (A205). Next door is the sixth-form centre of Lambeth College. It lies in the parish of Holy Spirit, Clapham.


Lambeth Academy was formally opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2004. The first Principal was Ms Pat Millichamp, who retired after two years. The second principal was Mr Stephen Potter. The chair of governors is Mrs Fiona Twycross. Mr Potter retired during the Christmas break of 2011 to be replaced by Ms Shadick.

Henry Thornton School

The Academy is built on the site of the Henry Thornton School (HTS). This school opened in 1929 as a boys' grammar school. It had around 450 boys. It was well known in national lacrosse competitions. It became a comprehensive in 1968 with around 1,500 boys, then merged with the Hydeburn School to become the Chestnut Grove School in Balham in 1986, and the site became the Henry Thornton Centre of Clapham and Balham Adult Education Institute. In 2003 the former grammar school was demolished to make way for the Academy.

Henry Thornton School

  • Prof Kenneth Andrews, Professor of History from 1979-88 at the University of Hull
  • Prof L. Bruce Archer CBE, Professor from 1971-88 at the Royal College of Art, and President from 1994-2005 of the Design Research Society
  • Chris Batt OBE, Chief Executive from 2003-07 of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council
  • Hywel Bennett, actor
  • Michael Caplan, barrister
  • Prof Percy Crowe, Professor in Geography from 1953-71 at the University of Manchester
  • John Esmonde and Bob Larbey, scriptwriters who wrote The Good Life
  • Prof Michael Farthing, Vice-Chancellor since 2007 of the University of Sussex, and President from 2007-08 of the British Society of Gastroenterology
  • Eric Gilder, composer
  • Jimmy Hill, ex-footballer and former television sports presenter
  • Peter Waterman, boxer
  • Peter Katin, concert pianist
  • Alun Lewis, actor
  • Prof Donald Pashley, Professor of Materials from 1979-82 at Imperial College London
  • Tom Phillips, artist
  • Sir Norman Prichard, Chairman 1955-56 of London County Council
  • Prof Herbert Arthur Frederick Turner, Montague Burton Professor of Industrial Relations from 1963-83 at the University of Cambridge



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