Southborough High School

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Template:Refimprove Template:Infobox UK school Template:Infobox UK place Southborough High School, commonly known as Southborough, is an all-boys secondary school with academy status located in Surbiton, Greater London founded in 1962. Its link school is Tolworth Girls' School and Centre for Continuing Education, a local and successful all-girls school. It was rated a grade 2 school(good) in 2010 by OFSTED.

About Southborough

Recent findings show that the head teacher of Southborough is interested to converting the school into an academy school, along with other schools from the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames such as link school, Tolworth Girls' School and Centre for Continuing Education, Holy Cross and Richard Challoner. These findings were found from Kingston Guardian Online in July 2010. In late 2011 Mr Niall Smith was officially appointed head teacher of the school.


The school was originally opened in 1962 as Southborough Boys' School, being a replacement for Tolworth Boys' School previously sharing the nearby premises occupied by Tolworth Girls' School. The first Headmaster was Mr. H. P. Giddy (a former Royal Marine). Southborough is noticed throughout communities in Kingston upon Thames such as Chessington, Surbiton, Tolworth & New Malden. Some of the students travel from far distances such as Battersea & Richmond by Train, however the school does provide a minibus service which goes from Barnes to the school. The school uniform is a black blazer, black trousers, white shirt, school shoes and the school colours, Blue & Gold. The current tie is blue with small golden griffins (the schools current logo, the Golden Griffin) and it is centralized with a bigger golden griffin. The original uniform colours were black and gold. The tie being black with diagonal gold stripes consisting of a wide gold 'band' flanked by two fine gold lines. The Griffin emblem originally included a shield bearing a letter 'S'. The name 'Southborough' was believed to originate from the school's location in the south of the Royal Borough of Kingston. However, the only other occurrence of the name in that location during the 1960s was the Public House on the opposite side of the road (later renamed "The Cap In Hand" - a circular reference to the school perhaps?) which at the time the school was built, was named "The Southborough Arms", to the amusement of the older pupils at the school.


The school is situated on a main road, Hook Road, Surbiton and off of the A3 at the Hook, London Junction. The closest railway stations are Chessington North & Surbiton where frequent and quick trains run from Clapham Junction, Vauxhall, Wimbledon, Hinchley Wood, Hampton Court, Guildford, Raynes Park & much more. As well as a vast covering by trains many local buses run (which are free with an Oyster Card) these are;

  • 71 - Chessington TO Kingston via Surbiton.
  • 465 - Dorking TO Kingston via Leatherhead, Malden Rushett, Chessington & Surbiton.
  • 467 - Epsom TO Hook via Ewell & Chessington's Copt Gilders.
  • 671 - Tiffin School TO Chessington South & Chessington's Copt Gilders.
  • K1 - New Malden TO Kingston via Malden Manor & Tolworth.
  • K4 - Mansfield Park, Chessington TO Kingston Hospital via Surbiton, Kingston & Norbiton.


The school is sited on the edge of the A3 in one building, 4 stories tall. Many fully equipped areas of the school are the Music Suite, 2 Gymnasiums, 2 Changing Rooms with showers, Large Field with rugby, cricket, football field. Long jump/triple jump track & Running track. It has a newly renovated main hall where whole school gatherings and performances take place. Also, the school has installed a new Drama Department with a fully equipped room, and has also has installed 3 new IT suites and two apple mac suites.The school also has a Library housing over 10000 Books also it has cricket nets and also an newly installed astro turf


Southborough has typical boyish rivals in many of the all-boys schools (Coombe Boys' School, Richard Challoner School, Tiffin School and closest Chessington Community College (C.C.C) etc.) They often do well while participating in sporting events across the borough against these particular schools. They play in a Rugby tournament against most of the schools above, hosted by Harlequins R.C.


The school has attributed to many university applications, with many applications getting their choices at their preferred Universities. They occasionally have applicants going to Oxford University and Cambridge University.

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