Canons High School
|Headteacher||Ms Lynn Rowlands|
|DfE URN||137199 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Students||771 (Jan 2010)|
|Former name||Downer Grammar School|
The school currently teaches pupils aged 11 to 18 across six year groups. The school is currently preparing for admission of Year 7 pupils. The current Headteacher is Ms Lynn Rowlands. The main feeder schools are Stag Lane, Glebe, Little Stanmore and Aylward. The school is oversubscribed. The school wishes to challenge a decision that would change its name from 'Canons High School' to 'Shaldon High School', following several complaints received from parents voicing their concern on the name's suggestive 'violent' and 'inappropriate' imagery.
It is situated just east of the A4140, 300 metres north of the boundary between Harrow and Brent. Queensbury tube station is close to the south (which is on the Harrow/Brent boundary), and the Jubilee line passes close to the west. Edgware Road (A5) is about a half-mile to the east. It lies in the parish of All Saints', Queensbury.
It was formerly known as Downer Grammar School. It was built in 1952 and was the first grammar school to have been built in Harrow after World War II. It was named after Thomas Downer, a magistrate from Harrow, who died in 1502. It was officially opened by the Bishop of Stepney, the Right Rev Joost de Blank in 1955.
In 1974 it merged with Camrose Secondary Modern School. At this time the headmaster was Mr Becker. The Camrose site became a middle school. The Camrose school had opened in 1932.
The school achieved Technology College status in 2002 and then gained a second vocational specialism.
For many years Canons High School consisted of four year groups, with the first year group being Year 8. However, in September 2008, the school established a sixth form, adding two more years (Year 12 and 13) to the school. A new Sixth Form Centre opened in September 2009. In 2010/2011 the school changed its status from a Technology college to a Science college. Also the school changed to have Year 7's in attendance.
On 1 August 2011, Canons High School officially gained academy status.
GCSE Examination Performance
|School||A*-C Pass Rate
|A*-C Pass Rate
|A*-C Pass Rate
|English Baccalaureate Pass Rate
|Canons High School||49%||46%||54%||2%|
|Average for London Borough of Harrow||7.7%||60.8%||60.7%||22.6%|
|Average for England||47.6%||50.7%||60.7%||15.1%|
- The table on shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, including English and Maths
- The rightmost column shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, in five core subjects - maths; English; two science qualifications; a foreign language and either history or geography.
- Source: Department for Education
- Full GCSE results for the London Borough of Harrow
Notable former pupils
Downer Grammar School
- Long John Baldry, singer
- Tessa Peake-Jones, actress
- Dave "You were warned last time" Howard, local entrepreneur