Great Baddow High School

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Great Baddow High School
Type Academy
Headteacher Carrie Lynch
Location Duffield Road
England Coordinates: 51°42′49″N 0°29′10″E / 51.71355°N 0.48606°E / 51.71355; 0.48606
DfE number 881/4390
DfE URN 136904 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,390
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Great Baddow High School is a secondary school in Chelmsford, Essex, England. The ages of pupils range from 11 to 16 years old, and students in sixth form ages from 16 onwards. In September 2002, the school was awarded specialist Sports College status. The school converted to academy status in July 2011, but continues to have sport as a specialism.


As a specialist in sports, Great Baddow High School offers a range of varying sporting facilities.

The school has a heated indoor swimming pool for sports such as swimming and water polo. The school also has three large playing fields for sports such as rugby, cricket and football.

There is an indoor gymnasium which can be used for trampolining, and also has equipment such as climbing ropes and wall bars. They also have a large indoor sports hall, which is primarily used for the school's basketball teams.

Great Baddow has enjoyed much sporting success since developing sport as a specialism, notably their basketball teams. In 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010 the girls basketball team won the National Schools Basketball competition, announcing them the best girls basketball team in England. The netball teams have also enjoyed much success at a national level, by regularly reaching the top ten in the country.


When entering the school, the students are divided into one of four houses. The purpose of these are for sporting competitions, such as sports day and social competitive activities such as quizzes.

Each of the houses have their specific colours, which can be used for teams in inter-house sports competitions such as a tennis tournament. The houses and their colours can be seen below:

  • North - Blue
  • South - Yellow
  • East - Red
  • West - Green

Throughout the year, students will gain awards such as bronze, silver (10 bronze awards) and gold awards (5 silver awards) for years seven to nine, and then credits in years 10 and 11. The person with the most awards receives a prize at the end of the year.