John O'Gaunt School

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John O'Gaunt School
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Established 1962
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher Mrs Sarah Brinkley
Chair of Governors Mr John Adey
Location Priory Road
RG17 0AN
England England Coordinates: 51°24′17″N 1°30′52″W / 51.4048°N 1.5144°W / 51.4048; -1.5144
Local authority West Berkshire
DfE number 869/4034
DfE URN 110050 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 633
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Avery Hall, Brunel Hall and Columbus Hall
Colours Navy, Yellow and White
Website School homepage

John O'Gaunt School is a mixed comprehensive school and sixth form in Hungerford, Berkshire for students aged 11 to 18. It was Berkshire's first community school.


Built in 1962, the school is a fusion of 1960s decor and 1990s pre-fabricated buildings. The school gained Technology College status, and was renamed John O'Gaunt Community Technology College, before becoming John O'Gaunt School.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

John O'Gaunt offers mainly sports and arts events. Students who apply for a course at Newbury College are taken by bus each Wednesday (year 10/11) or Friday (year 12/13).

Hungerford massacre[edit]

On 19 August 1987, the school gained notoriety as the site of the denouement of the Hungerford massacre. Michael Robert Ryan made the then-empty school the site of his final stand and suicide, having killed 16 people and injured 15 others.

Ofsted and academic performance[edit]

In its 2012 Ofsted inspection the school was judged to be "Satisfactory", although many areas required improvement.