Regent High School

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Former SCCS logo
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Opening of the new extension by Sir Willis Jackson 20 October 1961, including school logo and motto

Regent High School (RHS), formerly South Camden Community School (SCCS), is a co-educational comprehensive secondary school in Somers Town, in the London Borough of Camden, England. The name changed in 2012 in an attempt to shed what staff feared was a "negative perception" of the school rooted in its past.<ref name= "CNJ06-2012">South Camden Community School changes name to shed 'negative perception' Camden New Journal on line, accessed 23 June 2012</ref> Formerly, from 1951, it was known as Sir William Collins Secondary School for boys only. Since 2011 the school has been involved in an extensive rebuilding and refurbishment programme which will be completed in 2013. The school's accreditations include Healthy Schools, Sportmark, Leading Parent Partnership award and International Schools status.<ref name ="Ofsted 2011"/> The last Ofsted inspection for SCCS published in July 2011 rated the school as 'satisfactory'.<ref name ="Ofsted 2011"/>


The school has partnerships with a wide range of local, national and global organisations, and its vision is to become a hub for the local community.

The most recent Ofsted inspection for Regent High, in November 2012, rated the school as ‘good’ and praised students’ achievement, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of students and the leadership and management of the school.

The school has 'Specialist Arts' status, giving students access to a number of opportunities, trips and visits, to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

The school has 'Advanced Skills Teachers' in Maths, Science and Drama, recognised for their classroom teaching practice. Teaching staff were finalists in the 2011 Rolls Royce Science Award, an annual awards programme recognising inspirational teaching in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). In 2012, the school’s English and Humanities departments created a CD for Camden Borough Literacy Resources, which was made available for all schools in Camden and which is designed to encourage sharing of best practice across the borough.

The school's accreditations include; Artsmark Gold, Teaching Awards, Investor in People, Stonewall School Champions, Sustainable Travel and International Schools status.

Plans for redevelopment of Regent High School were announced in January 2010. The incoming Conservative-LibDem coalition Government gave it the go-ahead on 6 August 2010.<ref name ="HSPCA">Calls to make an exception for community school to the cuts to the "Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme" - Camden New Journal 15 July 2010, accessed 23 July 2010</ref><ref name="Ham&High">Camden schools lose out as building plans are scrapped, Hampstead & Highgate Express, 6 July 2010, accessed 23 July 2010</ref>


The school dates from 1873, when the London School Board leased the site, although a school had existed there before. The new school was completed and opened in 1877, as "Medburn Street School". In 1904, it was renamed the "Stanley School", reversed in 1910 to avoid confusion with another nearby Stanley School. It originally took children up to age eleven, later extended to older pupils.

After 1938, following various reorganisations, the school only took students older than eleven. In 1951 it merged with part of the North London Polytechnic school for pupils over age 11, based in Prince of Wales Road, Kentish Town, and became "Sir William Collins School" taking boys only. It was named after Sir William Job Collins.<ref name ="Senate House">Papers held on Collins at Senate House Library, University of London (accessed 3 May 2009)</ref><ref name ="ODNB">Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (accessed 3 May 2009)</ref> Collins (9 May 1859 – 12 December 1946) was born in London and educated at University College School, and St. Bartholomew's Hospital. He became a Fellow, Scholar and gold medallist in Sanitary Science and in Obstetrics at the University of London and received Honours in Physiology, Forensic Medicine and Surgery. During his career Collins was also involved in many aspects of anatomy and ophthalmology, receiving the Doyne Ophthalmic Medal for the latter from the University of Oxford in 1918. He was knighted in 1902. He was also Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, 1907-1909, 1911–12, and a member of the University Senate, 1893-1927. He was also a member of the Royal Commission on Vaccination, 1889-1896; Liberal Member of Parliament for St Pancras West 1906-1910, and for Derby, 1917–18; London County Councillor for St. Pancras West, 1892-1904; and Vice-Lieutenant of the County of London, 1925-1945.

The school added "Secondary" to its title around 1960 when it became a comprehensive school still for boys only. This was part of the London County Council policy at the time for all inner London schools. It became co-educational in 1981Template:Citation needed and then became "South Camden Community School" in 1993.

The original Victorian school buildings were located between Chalton Street and Medburn Street; Medburn Street was used as the address. Medburn Street was demolished when, between 1958 and 1961, the London County Council extended the site and buildings to Charrington Street. Charrington Street became the new address with the school offices located on that side. The new extensions were officially opened in October 1961 by the eminent engineer Sir Willis Jackson (later Lord Jackson of Burnley). The extensions had, however, already been partially occupied in 1960 out of necessity with the large expansion of pupils, to approximately 1,100 at the time, which made it one of the largest schools in inner London. A portrait of Sir William Collins hung in the new main entrance during the 1960s.

The site for the new extension was about Template:Convert. The cost at the time was £375,000, and a further £36,500 with furniture and equipment. The architect was Mr William Crabtree, FRIBA and the general contractor Gee, Walker & Slater Ltd. The design was of interconnected quadrangles with as many rooms looking inwards as possible. Crabtree's other work in London included the famous Peter Jones department store in Sloane Square, Chelsea, a Grade II listed building. Crabtree also worked on the John Lewis Department Store in Oxford Street, London, another outstanding building.<ref name = "OfficialOpening">Text in the Official Opening Booklet, 20 October 1961</ref> In 2011 a major £25m re-building project was undertaken to be completed in 2013 to provide modern facilities and with the school renamed 'Regent High School'.

New build

The school has a £25 million new building. The new building has classrooms, a fully equipped gym, three all-weather multi-use pitches, science laboratories, a theatre with professional lighting and staging, drama studios, music recital rooms, technology suites, a recording studio, four art studios, a media studies suite and a large library. The school plans to use the new building to become a hub for their community and partner primary schools.


In November 2012 Regent High School was rated as a ‘good’<ref name = "ofsted2012">OFSTED 2012 inspection report, accessed 17 May 2012</ref> school under the new Ofsted framework. The inspection praised students’ achievement, the quality of teaching, the behaviour and safety of students and the leadership and management of the school.<ref name = "ofsted2012"/>

Inspectors found that ‘all staff share a relentless drive to raise the achievement of students’,<ref name = "ofsted2012"/> that the school’s broad curriculum caters for students’ individual learning needs and interests, and that ‘teaching supports students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development strongly’.<ref name = "ofsted2012"/>

The report confirms that the school’s ‘capacity to secure and maintain improvement is reflected by the significant yearly improvements in attainment and achievement’,<ref name = "ofsted2012"/> that ‘GCSE and equivalent results obtained by Year 11 students have improved well… due to the very strong emphasis on learning’<ref name = "ofsted2012"/> and that ‘a significant proportion [of students] made outstanding progress in 2012’.<ref name = "ofsted2012"/>

Regent Sixth Form was also rated ‘good’.<ref name = "ofsted2012"/> Inspectors noted that ‘the achievement of students leaving in Year 13 is good, especially for students studying vocational qualifications’ and that ‘the success of the school’s drive to improve students’ life chances is reflected in the greater proportion of students progressing to higher education’.<ref name = "ofsted2012"/>


Located in just north of central London, in the Borough of Camden, Regent High School has a network of partners.<ref name=""></ref> Including University College London, Rothschild, Sainsbury’s and The Francis Crick Institute. The partnerships enhance the school’s curriculum, support students preparing for higher education, developing employability skills, and gaining understanding of the world of work. These opportunities form an integral part of the learning environment, where individual students’ needs are met and their talents and interests developed.<ref name=""/> In addition, the partnerships provide extensive CPD opportunities for staff.

Sixth form

Regent sixth form is expanding and provides a wide range of AS/A Level and BTEC National courses. The curriculum is extended by work with other local post-16 providers, a mentoring programme and a number of unique initiatives, along with advice on higher education, UCAS applications and career options. The sixth form provides an enrichment programme, including nationally-recognised award schemes.<ref name="ReferenceA"></ref>

Sixth formers are encouraged to take an active part in the Vertical Tutoring system in place at the school, encouraging independence, initiative and leadership.<ref name="ReferenceB"></ref> The school provides dedicated study space for post-16 students to work together in groups or independently.

Sixth formers progress onto a range of university courses, including biomedical and forensic sciences, law, nursing and geography at a number of Higher Education institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, The London School of Economics and University College London.<ref name="ReferenceC"></ref> In 2012, 100% of Regent sixth form students were accepted onto their chosen university courses.

The sixth form has an ‘Aim Higher’ programme in place, which includes careers days, academic booster sessions and mentoring schemes with UCL, Sainsbury’s and British Land.<ref name="ReferenceA"/> Post-16 students attend an annual Higher Education Conference, designed to give students information about a number of future options.

In 2011 the school was in the top 25% of all schools and colleges nationally in terms of progress made by students at Key Stage 5.

Exam results

In 2012, the school had their best ever results with 62% of GCSE students achieving 5+ A*-C grades, including English and Maths, marking a 13 percentage point increase on the previous year’s results.

At A-level, post-16 students achieved a 98% pass rate, with 52% of students attaining an A*/A grade or equivalent in their A level and BTEC courses, with two thirds of Year 13 students achieving at least one grade at A*/A.<ref name="ReferenceC"/>

Their most recent Ofsted report from November 2012 stated 'results are improving rapidly'.

The brand and uniform

The school was rebranded and renamed in 2012. The new name was chosen after consultation with students, staff and governors. The uniform is a compulsory navy blazer with the logo and a plain white school shirt with a clip-on tie with the student’s tutorial colour. Boys are required to wear plain black trousers, whilst girls have the option of wearing either these or a plain black knee or ankle length skirt.


The school’s location in the city of London facilitates extensive links with professional organisations, businesses and educational institutions. Examples include: UCL, Rothschild, Wellcome Trust, Sainsburys, British Land and The Francis Crick Institute. The collaborative partnerships provide students with unique opportunities such as trips, visits, motivational speakers, masterclasses and mentoring.

Other community partners include: Global Generation, City Learning Centre, Somerstown Community Neighbourhood forum, The British Museum, British Library, Age UK Camden, Foundling Museum, Metropolitan Police, Camden Fairtrade Network, Camden Mela and Somerstown Festival, Anne Frank Trust and ARUP, Young Enterprise, Sainsburys and The British Council.

In addition, the school works closely with their primary school partners. Activities and events include masterclasses, taster sessions and educational workshops, and allow for pupils to work with teachers and students from Regent High School.

Regent High School has achieved the 2012-2015 Full International Schools Award (ISA), in recognition of their international partnerships with Bububu Secondary School, Zanzibar, Tanzania, UNRWA School, Abu Dis, Palestine and Jongintaba Junior Secondary School, South Africa.


  • 1958-1969(?) - Authur G Bastin, CBE MA BSc
  • 1975-1977 ?) - Graham Steward (actual period of stay is longer)
  • 1990(?)-2001 - Huw Salisbury OBE
  • 2001-current - Rosemary Leeke

Notable teachers

  • Harry Greenway (former MP), was a Head of Telford House in the 1960s and also Deputy Headmaster.
  • Stanley Warren, a former Japanese prisoner of war, noted for painting the Changi Murals in the chapel of Changi Prison during captivity, was an art teacher in the 1950s and 1960s, and Deputy Head of Brunel House from 1963-65

Notable former pupils

  • Chris Farlowe, singer
  • Terry Sue-Patt, actor
  • Tommy Lowne, boxer, 1948 Olympic team


The school issues an 8-page magazine once a term, Regent Reporter.



External links

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