Waldegrave School for Girls
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Waldegrave School for Girls converted to academy status in 2012, having previously been part of the Richmond upon Thames LEA. It is situated between the A311 and A305 around 500 metres north of Fulwell railway station and west of Strawberry Hill.
Headteacher is Mrs Philippa Nunn, the school's third head, who has held the post since 2006 when she succeeded Heather Flint.
In 2002 it had an enrolment of 1034 pupils. Waldegrave was a Beacon School from 1999 and became involved in a Leading Edge Partnership with Grey Court School in 2004. It was also awarded specialist Science College status in September 2004, and continues to specialise in science today. It is the only state-maintained non-mixed school in the borough.
Due to its exam success it is a popular school, and very much over-subscribed (close to 200% over-subscribed). The over-subscription has been reported to have included a higher proportion of bogus applications than for other secondary schools in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.
The 2002 Ofsted report noted that the school, which received pupils from more than 40 different primary schools, was heavily oversubscribed and had been for several years. Attainment on entry was well above average, and over 90% of pupils went on to further education. It described Waldegrave as "a very good school that provides a high quality education for its pupils", despite receiving below average funding for a London school.
Strengths were identified as:
- Pupils' attitudes and behaviour
- Leadership by the headteacher
- Monitoring and evaluation of the school's work
- A range of provision suitable both for more able students and for those with learning needs or behavioural difficulties
The report identified no major areas of weakness, and its Ofsted Inspections came out with successful results.Many of the girls achieve well above average GCSE results, as Waldegrave climbs higher in the Top State Schools. The girls have brought together many charity events, are very successful in Sport and Physical Education and are also one of the most environmentally friendly schools in their borough. It gets the best GCSE results in the LEA, with some of the highest results at GCSE in England. Girls schools on average perform well at A level, compared to mixed schools.
In 2010 Waldegrave was named the top state secondary school, without a sixth form, in the country, by The Times Parent Power and again in 2011.
Waldegrave School was formed in 1980 by the merger of two girls' schools − Twickenham Girls' School and Kneller Girls' School − on its present day site. Its name commemorates Frances Waldegrave, a former local resident.
Twickenham County School for Girls
Twickenham County School for Girls opened in 1909, later known as the all-girls Twickenham County Grammar School on Clifden Road. With the end of selective grammar education in the borough in 1972, the school became a comprehensive known as Twickenham Girls' School in 1973.
Ruth Kirkley (1935 – 21 July 2009), headteacher from 1977, continued as the first headteacher of Waldegrave school until 1991.
The site of Twickenham Girls' School is now the Clifden Centre of Richmond Adult Community College.
Kneller Girls' School
Kneller Girls' School opened in 1936 at the railway end of the Meadway site shared with the mirror building, but initially completely segregated, Kneller Boys' School. The building was augmented by huts following the raising of school leaving age to 15 after the Education Act 1944.
The schools merged as Kneller Secondary Modern School before 1959 when the boys moved to what is now Twickenham Academy in Whitton, and the school reverted to all-girls and its original name. The girls' numbers were increased with the transfer of secondary school age girls from the Stanley Road school. In 1978 the school relocated to the site in Fifth Cross Road. (The Fifth Cross Road site had previously been occupied since 1928 by the Thames Valley Grammar School which became a Sixth Form College in 1973 and had closed in 1977 with the formation of Richmond upon Thames College).
The former school site in Meadway is now a residential estate.
Notable former pupils
Twickenham Girls' School
- Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley since 1997
- Phillipa Nunn, headteacher of Waldegrave School since 2006
Twickenham County Grammar School
- Margaret Bourne OBE, Chairman from 1992-2001 of CORDA
- Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for South West England since 2009 
- Dianne Jackson, animator - directed The Snowman 
- Margaret Elizabeth Smith, Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeen from 1999-2003
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