The Priory School (Orpington)

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The Priory School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in Orpington area of the London Borough of Bromley, England.

In 2006 the school gained specialist sports college, focusing efforts on sports and the community. The Priory was the only school in the borough to have this status. the school converted to academy status in May 2012.

The Priory was host to one of the first boxing fights in early 2008 with special guest Frank Bruno, since the sport was phased out in the 70s and 80s.

Total Pupils

2006 1,376
2005 1,438
2004 1,476
2003 1,447
2002 1,441

  • approximately 1,376 pupils

GCSE results (%)

2010 87%
2009 74%
2008 58%
2006 43%
2005 41%
2004 28%
2003 38%
2002 32%

The school can celebrate an improved pass rate to 97%. University places have been secured by those students who had applied.

The school also owns a small outward bounds centre in Blaenavon, South Wales,Named Ramfield which all students have a chance of visiting during their time at the school.

Schools within Schools

It has been announced in 2010 that The Priory School would be made into five separate colleges, one with its own Head of College, College Learning Manager and College Support Manager. The college's names are names of surrounding areas in Kent. They are;

  • Penshurst,
  • Riverhead,
  • Ightham,
  • Otford,
  • Rochester &
  • Yalding (6th Form).

As well as vertical tutoring groups with members of Year 7 to Year 11 in a tutor group of 25 pupils.

Sixth form

The Priory School has a specially built multi storey sixth form block, that incorporates ICT Facilities and toilets.

There is a huge range of subjects there, including English and History. Also on offer at The Priory School Sixth Form are Level 2 courses e.g.Business Studies and Child Development. These courses can be continued throughout AS/A2 levels.

Heads of Department

The heads of each department can be seen below;

Head Boy & Head Girl

Since the school first opened in 1990 there has always been a Head Boy & Head Girl, voted for by the teachers & Sixth Form students.

2007 Andrew Garland & Laura McKay

2008 Steven Greenwood & Amy Khan

2009 Mairtin Dwyer & Julie Bisset

2010 George Green & Catherine Camp

2011 Jordan Brand & Imogen Campbell

2012 Reece Wickens & Jenna Smith

2013 Luke Gatt & Alix Miller


Ramfield is a field study and outdoors centre located in Blaenavon south Wales just outside Pontypool. The area is steeped in industrial history with its proximity to the once thriving coal mines. The building was once an old school house and with the church of St Peters next door, this would be the nucleus of a thriving community of iron workers and then coal miners.

School Production

On 3 and 4 July the school put on its first musical in over 8 years. It was a student initiated and led show which was commissioned for the school. Jeff Blythe wrote My Song, a musical based loosely around the life and works of Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber. The cast was made up of Priory pupils from all years as well as local primary school children.

On 24 and 25 March 2011 The Priory School proudly presented their first school production since 2008 - High School Musical On Stage. Prior to this in 2008 on 3 and 4 July the school put on its first musical in over 8 years a student led production of My Song, a musical commissioned for the school, written by Jeff Blythe.

Subject Head of Department
English Eve Collier
Maths Kerim Ramadan
Science Clair Boyd
MFL Michael Fearn
Geography Martin Dunn
History David Thirlwell
Religious Studies Michelle Marshall
Media Studies Tony Coales
Dance Emma Foinette
ICT Amanda Peck
Business Studies Amanda Peck
Art Katy Hughes
Music Graham Long
Design Technology Caroline Brambley
Physical Education Adam Lewis
Director of Learning Support Mrs. J. Barter
Name Of Production Year Venue Director(s)
My Song 2008 Main Hall Jeff Blythe & Stuart Birse
High School Musical on Stage! 2011 Main Hall Kieran Knowles & Kate Soper

School Pantomime

2005 Cinderella
2006 Aladdin
2007 No Panto
2008 Star Wars
2009 Sleeping Beauty (postponed due to snow)
2010 Sleeping Beauty
2011 Aladdin

External links

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