|Motto||Latin: Omnia discendo vinces
(Knowledge conquers everything)
|Headteacher||Mr. Kevin McKellar|
|Chair||Mr. A. McAlpine|
|DfE URN||137645 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
Hendon School is a mixed secondary school with academy status since November 2011  (previously a comprehensive) in the London Borough of Barnet. It specialises in languages, offering Japanese amongst others to its students.
Hendon School is a large, mixed comprehensive school with 1,296 pupils on roll, including approximately 240 sixth form students. The school is situated just off the A502 and North Circular Road. It serves an area that is generally more affluent than average but has some pockets of deprivation, as interpreted in comparison to national averages according to Ofsted. The student population is culturally diverse, multi-faith and multi-lingual, with more than half of students speaking languages other than English as their first language. The proportion of students eligible for free school meals is well above the national average. The school specialises in languages, and has specialist educational facilities for deaf students and for autistic students. The school has been over-subscribed for the past 4 years and was designated an Outstanding school by Ofsted in November 2011.
From the Middle Ages onwards, successful City people wanted to live in pleasant countryside within range of London. Finchley Manor House had a long succession of such owners. Most such grand houses have now vanished: Hendon School now occupies the site where the famous 16th-century mapmaker John Norden lived, and only a pond survives from the park of Greenhill.
The County School, Hendon opened as a fee-paying school of 350 pupils in September 1914, just a month after the outbreak of the First World War. By 1927 the field at the back of the school was levelled and trees planted, and in 1929-1930 the building of the Gymnasium was started. In 1931 the intake of pupils rose from a two form entry to a three form entry, and by 1932-3 the extension on the north side of the original school building was finished to enable accommodation of 480 pupils. In 1936 former pupil Harold Whitlock planted an oak tree sapling in front of the entrance to the Gymnasium which he had received, along with his Gold Medal for the 50 km walk, from Adolf Hitler at the Berlin Olympic Games.
Hendon County Grammar School
By 1955 the school had 600 pupils and 320 staff, resulting in a necessary extension on the east side of the main building, which included a new Hall, Dining Hall and Kitchens. This was officially opened in 1961. In the late 1960s, when plans for the reorganisation of secondary education were passed by Parliament, the London Borough of Barnet suggested the amalgamation of Hendon County Grammar School, situated in Golders Rise, with St David’s County Secondary School for Boys, in St David’s Place, West Hendon. Hendon Grammar School Choir released commercial recordings with Owen Brannigan, with traditional British songs.
Former St David's County Secondary School pre-1971
On 1 October 1929, Barnfield Senior Boys’ School opened in Silkstream Road, Burnt Oak, Edgware with 267 boys. In January 1964 it amalgamated with Brent Secondary Modern School on its site in Sturgess Avenue, West Hendon. Brent Modern School, a mixed school, had opened on 7 January 1936 having been formally inaugurated the previous October by Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll, the daughter of Queen Victoria. In readiness for the joining of the Barnfield and Brent schools, new buildings were erected in St David’s Place, and the two adjacent sites became one school named St David’s after its location. Originally it was to be named The Grahame-White School after Claude Grahame-White, the famous English aviator who had established Hendon Aerodrome, but permission by his family was declined.
Hendon Senior High School
In 1971 this merger took place and Hendon County Grammar School became Hendon Senior High School and St David’s County Secondary School for Boys was renamed Hendon Junior High School. It was not until 1978, when all the new buildings on the Hendon County site were finished, that the whole school became completely integrated on one site and called by its present name Hendon School. During 1987-8 the school was threatened with closure by the London Borough of Barnet claiming falsely that it was no longer a viable institution, but by 1988-9 the school had survived the threat and was awarded Grant-maintained status by the Conservative Government. Hendon became a foundation school with the changes to state funding of education which were brought about by the School Standards and Framework Act 1998. Extensions to the new buildings close to the perimeter on the south side of the site took place during the 1990s to provide extra room for the Maths and Music departments.
Hendon School today
The school currently has an eight form intake with approximately 1,300 pupils, 120 teachers and 30 ancillary staff as well as a Saturday School for Languages with 200 pupils and 11 teachers. With an expanding sixth form roll, the school built a new Sixth Form Centre close to the eastern perimeter of the 6 acre site in 2011, which provides classrooms and facilities exclusively for use by the sixth form students. In late 2011, the school completed the expansion of the autism unit and the expansion of internal and external dining facilities within and around the original school building. In November 2011, the school converted to become an academy school, although chose not to change the name of the school. The Ofsted inspection in November 2011 graded the school to be outstanding.
Hendon School has sustained five years of rapidly improving results at GCSE, and in 2010 69% of students achieved 5 A*-C grades, which puts the school in 11th place out of 20 schools in Barnet local authority. As a comprehensive school, Hendon ranks higher in the local authority rankings at 5th place out of 14 schools. At A level, the school is in the bottom half of Barnet schools.
Notable former pupils
- Morgan Fisher (musician/photographer) 1961-68
- Carl Martin
- Harry Melling
- Michael Obiora
- James Ward
- Antony Costa
- Amber Rose Revah
Hendon County Grammar School
- Dr Dora Black (née Braham), child trauma specialist, Maudsley Hospital, co-author of When Father Kills Mother: Guiding Children Through Trauma and Grief (Routledge)
- Rabbi Lionel Blue
- Bernard Braine, Baron Braine of Wheatley, Conservative MP from 1983-92 for Castle Point, from 1955-83 for South East Essex, and from 1950-5 for Billericay, and Father of the House from 1987–92
- Ashleigh Brilliant (writer & cartoonist) 1947-52
- Sir Philip Cohen, Royal Society Research Professor since 1984 at the University of Dundee, and President from 2006-8 of the Biochemical Society (1956–63)
- Robert Earl, founder of the Planet Hollywood chain
- Prof Mark Freedland, Professor of Employment Law since 1996 at the University of Oxford (1956–63)
- Prof Harvey Goldstein, Professor of Social Statistics since 2005 at the University of Bristol (1951-8)
- Robin Jacob, film director
- Ruth Prawer Jhabvala (novelist)
- Professor Peter Maitlis FRS organometallic chemist
- Peter Mandelson, Baron Mandelson of Foy in the County of Herefordshire and of Hartlepool in the County of Durham, Labour MP from 1992-2004 for Hartlepool (1965–72)
- Michael Grosvenor Myer: theatre, book and folk music critic, The Guardian, The Times, Folk Review magazine, Plays & Players; British Council lecturer in English folk music at Beijing Language and Culture University and Guangxi Normal University 1989, and in Bourges 1997 (1943-50)
- Ron Hooker, played cricket for Middlesex.
- Gerald Ratner (1961-6) (expelled at 16, without taking any exams, for telling the headmaster at a teacher's funeral that he should not bother leaving the crematorium)
- Miles Spector, played outside left for England Amateur XI and Chelsea FC while still at the school, 1950s. Subsequently a regular player for Hendon FC
- Michael Sternberg, Professor at Imperial College London
- Harold Whitlock, won a gold medal for the 50km walk at the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin
- Frank Williams, played the Reverend Timothy Farthing in Dad's Army