Oxted School

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Template:Refimprove Template:Infobox UK schoolOxted School is a mixed comprehensive secondary school in the English town of Oxted, Surrey. It was opened in 1929 as the first mixed grammar school in Surrey and now has over 2000 pupils aged 11–18) (Years 7-13). The school has a specialist status in science and mathematics.

History

Oxted County School, as named until 1999 when it became known as Oxted School, was built in 1929 at the cost of £35,000. In its first term it had only 22 pupils but this increased to 120 after two years. It was originally designed to grow to 250 pupils. Now, as of 2012 it has well in excess of 2000 pupils.

The school was the first mixed grammar school in Surrey when it opened. The sexes were strictly segregated and they had separate staircases, playgrounds and had to sit at separate sides of the classroom in lessons. As a punishment, girls would have to write lines; boys were caned by the headmaster.

In September 2013, following the sudden departure of Mr Guy Nelson as headteacher for 'personal reasons', the chairman of the school's governing body announced new leadership arrangements for the school. Mrs Rhona Barnfield, currently Executive Head of the Howard Partnership, an Academy Chain in Surrey comprising Howard of Effingham School near Leatherhead and Thomas Knyvett College at Ashford, was appointed Executive Head of Oxted School. Mrs Nicola Euridge, also from the Howard Partnership, was appointed Head of School, and made responsible for running the school on a day-to-day basis. The Howard Partnership forms part of the Howard Partnership Education Trust, to which is also linked the Howard Partnership Trust.

Current status

The school has a 65%+ 5 GCSE or above pass rate; over 95% of its students receive 5 GCSEs grade C and above.

Most of the 400 Sixth form students go on to university at the end of their time at the school.

ODD Youth Theatre

The school has a performing arts department and its own theatre company called The Odd Youth Theatre. It is run by David Morris, the head of Drama. Having previously been known as The Performing Arts Society, the new name Odd Youth Theatre (Oxted Dance and Drama) was adopted when the company took Dancing In The Dark, adapted from the novel by Joan Barfoot, to The Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 1992. The company returned to Edinburgh in 1999 with two productions, Find Me and Molly. Recent productions include Under Milk Wood, Oliver, Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, Sleeping Beauty and West Side Story. The 2012 school production was the acclaimed A Christmas Carol.The most recent play performed by Oxted School, in 2013, was Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Jesus Christ Superstar. The play was performed by the Oxted Students in November and was rated "Amazing" by the Surrey Mirror. At the last performance David Morris quoted "Amazing six standing applauses."

Buildings

  1. The original building of 1929
  2. The 1951 extension of the original building
  3. The PE Block (1960s)
  4. The Art Block (1987)
  5. The Drama Studio (1991)
  6. The Science Block (1993)
  7. The Design and Technology Block (1997)
  8. The Meridian Building (1999/2000). This replaced the destroyed 1960s Humanities Block, see below.
  9. A few hut classrooms constructed over the years
  10. The Eden Building (Mathematics) completed in summer 2008.

The Fire in 1998

On August 16, 1998, former students of the schoolTemplate:Citation needed allegedly set fire to bins outside the Humanities Block, resulting in a fire that destroyed the entire building. This contained 22 classrooms, library, canteen, thousands of books and 125 computers.

The school reopened as usual in the September with temporary hut classrooms. Some of these huts still remain.

The replacement building is called The Meridian Building [1] as The Greenwich Meridian runs directly alongside it. It contains 23 classrooms, library and canteen. It was opened officially in April 2000 by the former headteacher, Roger Coles.

Notable Former Pupils

  • Ian Pearce, professional footballer
  • Alison Streeter, record-holding swimmer, International Swimming Hall of Fame
  • Tommy Hill, winner of the 2011 British Superbike Championship season.
  • Stacie Powell, Olympic Diver in 2008 and 2012
  • Jay Darlington, keyboard player for Kula Shaker,Oasis and Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell.
  • Ronnie Biggs, the great train robbery

References

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External links

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