London Nautical School
|Motto||Tamesis Suos Ubique Feret
(Latin: "The Thames shall carry her sons everywhere")
|Type||Selective foundation school|
|Headmaster||Mr H Dastagir BSc Hons|
|Chair of Governors||Mr A Cox|
|DfE URN||100642 Tables|
|Gender||Boys (mixed in the Sixth form)|
|Colours||Black, Navy Blue|
The school was founded in 1915, as a consequence of the official report into the loss of the Titanic, and today continues to be supported by the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights. The primary aim of the school is "to educate and prepare pupils to meet the needs of society either at sea or in any other occupation where responsibility, attention to duty and regard for others are valued equally with academic and practical skills." The school is selective admitting boys with an aptitude for sports and nautical pursuits. In 1990, it became one of the country's first 11-18 comprehensive secondary schools for boys to be awarded grant maintained status.
In September 1999, the school became a Foundation School within the London Borough of Lambeth. In 2003, the school was awarded Sports College status. The school is situated in Stamford Street on the south bank of the River Thames, in between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge. The school currently caters for around 600 pupils, with around 510 pupils in Key Stages Three and Four, and around 90 Sixth form pupils in Key Stage Five. The school is affiliated with HMS Richmond.
The school continuously achieved a range of very diverse activities both in curriculum and extra-curricula until around 2007 when the most recent headmaster took over, the level of achievements has been in decline. The school had achieved highly in the area of sports, and had been awarded 'sports college' status recently.
Notable former pupils
- Jeff Probyn – Rugby Union International (played for England)
- Abdul Buhari - Great Britain Olympic Discus thrower (2012), was also School Captain (1999/2000)
- John Wardell – musician, aka Jah Wobble "punk" Bass guitarist with Public Image Ltd.
- John Bostock – Crystal Palace's youngest ever footballer, now playing for Tottenham Hotspur, left the school in Summer 2008 and has played for England internationally.
- Stewart Jackson, MP for Peterborough.
- Mark Stanhope- First Sea Lord (as of 2009) and Royal Navy Admiral.