Holy Cross School (New Malden)
|Motto||O crux ave spes unica
("O hail the cross our only hope")
|Headteacher||Mr T Gibson|
|Chair of Governors||Mr B Marley|
|Location||25 Sandal Rd
|DfE URN||138459 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
The Holy Cross School is a Roman Catholic secondary school with academy status for girls located in New Malden, in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, England. The school specialises in science, and converted to academy status on 1 August 2012.
143 girls are admitted into Year 7 of the school each year. Most Year 11 girls apply to the small sixth form. Pupils are joined by girls and boys from other schools - mainly through its link school Richard Challoner - in the borough. The school has just under 1000 pupils attending in total.
Holy Cross School was founded in 1931 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Menzingen. The Sisters arrived in England from Switzerland during the early 1900s and set up a convent at Wimbledon (now in the London Borough of Merton). They bought a house along Sandal Road called "Southesk" - over the building's front door was a Latin inscription which read "This is the house that John built" - from Mr John Austine to use as a new school. On 23 September 1931, Sr Christina and two other Sisters opened the Holy Cross Convent School with 5 pupils. The junior department was split into a separate school and moved to new premises in 1971; it is now an independent school Holy Cross Preparatory School. Over the years, the school has continuously grown and buildings added, renovated and refurbished. The original house front remains and is the current school's main entrance. The school is no longer directly under the Sisters and now mainly staffed by lay teachers but is under the order's trusteeship.
Following their October 2007 inspection, Ofsted rated the school as Outstanding, the highest possible rating. The sixth form was assessed as Good, which is point two on the four point scale. The report said "This is an outstanding school. ... The high level of achievement and outstanding quality of care of students are a direct result of excellent leadership and management."
The average school day consists of 5 lessons, each lasting 1 hour. Each year group is split into five tutor groups. Each tutor group has a form tutor who will stay with their class throughout that year, this changes every year but the students within each form stay the same. All students wear a school uniform except the sixth form, who have a smart work dress code.
The school has received attention for its innovative educational programs, including a project to share music and drama concepts with Ikeda Junior High School in Osaka, Japan, and a link-up with NASA scientists in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1999 the school was the subject of press coverage when National Health Service leaflets were distributed to students despite containing information about contraception, contrary to Catholic teaching.
- "The Holy Cross School, New Malden celebrates its 80th anniversary". Malden Village Voice. May 2012. p. 46.
- Anson, Peter Frederick (1949). The religious orders and congregations of Great Britain and Ireland. Stanbrook Abbey Press. p. 286.
- "The Holy Cross School - Inspection report, Ofsted, 31 October 2010.
- "Music for global friendships", Times Educational Supplement, 5 July 2002
- "ICT Diary", Times Educational Supplement, 29 December 2000.
- "Mr Motivator pushes all the right buttons;Innovators", Times Educational Supplement, 12 February 1999.
- "School in contraception advice row", BBC News, 3 December 1999.
- "Sex advice to girls aged 11 sparks row at Catholic school", Evening Standard, 2 December 1999 (pay site).
- Official website
- Profile on the Good Schools Guide
- Sisters of the Holy Cross Charitable Trust - Charity Commission
- Sisters of the Holy Cross, Menzingen