Debenham High School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Debenham High School
Established 1964
Type Academy
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Julia Upton
Location Gracechurch Street
IP14 6BL
England Coordinates: 52°13′26″N 1°10′16″E / 52.223799°N 1.171117°E / 52.223799; 1.171117
DfE URN 136416 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 510
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16

Debenham High School is a Church of England secondary school located in the village of Debenham in Suffolk, UK. The school accepts students who are between 11–16 years old[1] and live in the catchment.[2]

The school is currently headed by Headteacher, Julia Upton after Michael Crawshaw's retirement at the start of the Easter break in 2012. As of 1 January 2011, the school has become an academy.

Mission statement[edit]


The school was first opened as a Modern School in 1964, originally designed to cater for 250 students. The school primarily accepted students who were not offered places at the local grammar school. Before the school was built these students would have been taught in the local village schools of "Debenham, Stonham Aspal or at Framlingham".[3]

Mr. Arthur Holifield was appointed the first Headmaster of the school and he appointed the first eleven teachers to the school.[3]

The introduction of Comprehensive education in Suffolk, in 1979 resulted in an expansion of the school and Debenham Modern School became Debenham High School.[3]

"Following Mr. Holifield's retirement, Mrs. Angela McClelland was appointed Headteacher in 1983."[3]

In 1989 Mr. Michael Crawshaw succeeded Mrs. Angela McClelland as Headteacher of the school. In 2006 he was awarded an OBE for services to education.[4]


  1. ^ "Suffolk County Council School information page". Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  2. ^ "Debenham High School Website". Retrieved 8 March 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c d "History of the school". Retrieved 8 March 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Queens Honours List OBE's". Department for Education and Skills (DfES). Retrieved 8 March 2008.