Fearnhill School

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Fearnhill School
Motto 'Labora Lude Strenve' (Work hard, play hard)
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr Jed Whelan
Location Icknield Way West
England England Coordinates: 51°58′35″N 0°14′51″W / 51.97634°N 0.24746°W / 51.97634; -0.24746
Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE number 919/4010
DfE URN 117504 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 750
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses 4 (Gorst, Pearsall, Howard and Neville)
Colours Yellow, green, blue and red
Publication Fearnfile
Website Fearnhill School

Fearnhill School is a comprehensive school located in Letchworth, Hertfordshire, England.


Fearnhill School (formerly Letchworth Grammar School) is a community comprehensive school located in Letchworth Garden City. There are over 750 students on roll including students in the sixth form. The school is part of the Letchworth Sixth Form Consortium with The Highfield School.[1]

It is situated in the west of Letchworth, just north of the railway line to Baldock and Cambridge. It is on the Icknield Way.


The school's origins lie in Letchworth Grammar School, which moved to the site in 1976 after the former site closed in July of that year.

Academic standards[edit]

The school is notable for leading the way in personal finance education.[2] The GCSE results announced in August 2005 were the best since 2001. 59% of the students achieved A*-C grades.[3] In 2009, it received GCSE results slightly under the England average, and A-level results well under average. In February 2011 the school was put in special measures by Ofsted after a two day inspection for "failing to give its students an acceptable standard of education".[4][5] In March 2012, the school came out of special measures when it was judged by Ofsted to be satisfactory. Further comments included "The school provides a supportive and inclusive environment for its students ... with attainment broadly average. The sixth form is good."[6] The A Level results in August 2013 were the best the school has ever achieved. [7]


Fearnhill has very successful athletics teams. In April 2008, 2009 and 2010 the school won the combined boys' and girls' North Herts schools' athletics finals.[8] This follows on from being the overall winners at the North Herts Schools' District Athletics Championships in June 2005 and 2006.[9]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Letchworth Grammar School[edit]

Former teachers[edit]

  • Richard Parry, Director of Education since 1998 for Swansea Council (Head of Maths from 1983-8)
  • Ian Roberts, England Athletics Team Coach (Head of Physical Education from 1995 - 2003)
  • Chris Husbands, Director, Institute of Education since 2011 (head of Humanities 1988-1990)


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