Lord Grey School
|Motto||Aspire, Learn, Achieve|
|Headteacher||Dr Tracey Jones|
|Local authority||Milton Keynes|
|DfE URN||110531 Tables|
|Houses||Colossus, Enigma, Lorenz, Mercury & Ultra|
Lord Grey School is a successful and inclusive Foundation school with high aspirations for students. It prepares students fully to take on their future roles successfully – in higher education, at work and as parents and good citizens. Lord Grey has improved significantly through good leadership and Teaching with a strong focus on learning. Standards have risen and GCSE results have risen consistently over the last 3 years.
The teachers help students to extend their skills and knowledge by making clear the learning outcomes of every lesson and by explaining homework carefully. They are enthusiastic and give good support to individual students with all of them having the opportunity to work in groups or independently.
Assessment is regular through examinations, tests and careful marking and Lord Grey teachers help students reflect on what they have learned and set targets for future learning and improvement.
Lord Grey has five school houses: Lorenz, Enigma, Mercury, Ultra and Colossus, representing the code breaking machines in Bletchley Park . Throughout the year, there are a number of events that give 'house points' as prizes.
Lord Grey School opened in 1973 as a community comprehensive school following the amalgamation of Bletchley Grammar and Wilton Secondary schools. New accommodation was provided to supplement the existing facilities. The school was incorporated as a Grant Maintained School on 1 April 1993 and moved to Foundation status on 1 September 1999, under the New Framework for Schools. More recently, the school has enjoyed considerable success:
1998 – 2002
- Substantial improvement in GCSE results – an increase of 14% on the previous year
- Refurbishment and upgrade of most school areas
- Opening of Learning Resource Centre
- Links developed with Action Research – National College for School Leadership, Open University, and British Educational Research Association
- Specialist College status (MFL) gained.
2003 – 2005
- Additional buildings and refurbishments to prepare for expansion to accommodate Year 7 (2005)
- School roll to surpass 1,500
- Ofsted confirms that “Lord Grey is a Good School with a Good Sixth Form”
- Recognition as one of the “Most Improved Schools” in England by the Specialist Schools Academies Trust
- Securing the School Achievement Award from the DfES
- Achieving the Investor in People standard on our first attempt.
2006 – 2008
- Gained Second Specialism in Humanities
- Achieved the Rugby Union Development Award (RFU)
- Awarded the FA Football status
- Comenius status awarded with additional funding until 2009
- SATs results for Science and Mathematics increased by 9%
- Refurbishment of science laboratories
- £7.5 million capital improvement grant.
2009 – present day
- Exam results hugely improved; 5+A*-C including English and Maths increase by 18.5% over two years
- Milton Keynes South Sixth Form created and successful; graded ‘good’ by Ofsted in June 2011
- Health Schools Bronze Award achieved
- Classical singing star Jonathan Ansell opens new building, November 2009
- New Hair Studio built
- New administration building and classrooms opened
- Teaching and Learning Academy Status gained, February 2011.
The Ofsted criteria changed in September 2012, and the Department for Education, on instruction from the government, ‘raised the bar’ on the standards needed to achieve certain, and favourable, results. This had the affect of the criteria for achievement becoming much more rigorous and harder to get. This will apply to all schools eventually; Lord Grey was inspected in the sixth week of the new system, and so did not achieve a level as high as ones in previous years.
Lord Grey School currently offers sixth form education in collaboration with Sir Herbert Leon Academy. Titled Milton Keynes South Sixth Form, the provision includes A-Level, BTEC, Diploma and vocational qualifications taught over the two school sites. However the partnership between Lord Grey and Sir Herbert Leon Academy is to be terminated once existing students have completed their current courses, and Lord Grey School will offer its own independent sixth form provision for new students from September 2014.
Notable former pupils