Malet Lambert School

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Malet Lambert School
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Traditional Values, Contemporary Aspirations, Creative Curiosity - Current

Humanitate. Integritate. Virtute. - Original
Established 1932
Type Community school
Headmistress Jane S. Disbrey
Chair of Governors Ms A Barker
Founder Joseph Malet Lambert
Location James Reckitt Avenue
Kingston upon Hull
East Riding of Yorkshire
England Coordinates: 53°46′05″N 0°18′07″W / 53.76803°N 0.30192°W / 53.76803; -0.30192
Local authority Hull City Council
DfE number 810/4020
DfE URN 118069 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 160
Students 1456 (as of 2012 Ofsted inspection)
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–16
Colours Green and Yellow          
Publication The Malet Mercury

Malet Lambert School is a secondary school for 11-16 year old pupils in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The school is situated on James Reckitt Avenue in the east of the city, its front facade overlooks East Park. Malet Lambert opened in 1932 and became a grammar school in 1944 before becoming a community comprehensive in 1969.


Malet Lambert opened in September 1932, established by the local education authority, as a replacement for the overcrowded Craven Street Municipal Secondary established in 1893 by the school board as Hull's second higher-grade board school.[1] The original site was on Holderness Road but it was turned down because it was too expensive at £500. A site was chosen along James Reckitt Avenue in the East Hull suburbs, overlooking East Park.[2] The main school building was designed as a two storey Neo-Georgian building,[3] with a central spine encompassing offices, library, assembly hall and gymnasium. All the classrooms were to face south, extending out in two wings with the science laboratories along the sides.[2] Originally, girls were taught in the first floor classrooms and boys on the ground floor, a system which was kept in place for many years.[2]

The school became a co-educational grammar school for 11 to 18 year olds as a result of the Education Act 1944[2] and in 1968 it became a community comprehensive school.[citation needed]

The original building was designed to accommodate about 600 pupils.[2] New ancillary rooms to the rear of the main hall, changing rooms and two Physics laboratories were constructed in 1955. Followed in 1961 by a building known as the 'Glass House' which was used for Home Economics (the building was demolished in 2000). A Sixth Form centre was constructed in 1972 and converted into a music block in 1986. A sports centre was built to the west of the main building in 1985 and the West Playshed was converted into an art block in 1995. A new Technology block opened in 2000 following the demolition of the existing accommodation and a building for the use of Science and Geography was opened in 2001 by Lord Dearing and named The Dearing Centre.[citation needed]

Malet Lambert had a Sixth form until the reorganisation of schools in Hull in 1988, which saw the disappearance of Sixth Forms in Hull state schools.[2]


The first headteacher was Harry Shoosmith. Shoosmith was succeeded as Headmaster in 1951 by Mr L.C.Parslow,[2] in 1970 by Eric Davies, who died in post, and Frederick Grewe in 1973. John Andrews was headmaster from 1978 - 1998. Sheila Ireland was the school's head teacher for several years before being succeeded by Jane Disbrey (Née Dyer) in 2006.[citation needed]


As of 2012 Malet Lambert educates over 1400 pupils of both sexes, aged between 11 and 16. The school is oversubscribed, its students are of mostly white British background.[4] There is an average of 300 students in each of the school's 5 years with an average class size of 28. It teaches a variety of languages such as French, German, Russian, Spanish and Chinese. French is compulsory in the first year, with further options available later.[citation needed]

In 2011 67% of the school's pupils achieved the five or more GCSE A*-C grades including English and Maths,[5] having increased steadily from 45% in 2007;[6] since the introduction of school league tables the school has scored in the top quartile of schools in the Hull area, and average for the UK as a whole.[7] In April 2012 Malet Lambert received an inspection from Ofsted, the school was given a 'Good' rating in every inspection category.[4]


Malet Lambert School is being completely refurbished as part of Building Schools for the Future (BSF). The school was placed into 'Phase 1' of the Hull scheme in 2006 and preliminary plans were drawn up in 2008. After extensive consultation with staff, pupils and the local community revised plans were drawn up by HKS architects in the summer of 2010. The £22 million scheme will be a part rebuild/part remodel. Only 3 of the 10 existing buildings (The Main Building, The Dearing Centre and The Lodge) will be retained. A new dedicated sports centre will be constructed on the west field behind the existing sports hall along with a new staff car park, 3G pitch and netball courts. The main Neo-Georgian school building will be extensively refurbished both internally and externally, restoring it back to its former elegance with the integration of new technology. A new two storey rear extension, connected to the existing main building, will also be constructed. This will enclose the two quad areas, one of which will be covered with an ETFE transparent roof and become the school's new dining facility. The Dearing Centre, which was built in 2001 to house Science and Geography, will be internally remodelled, the remodelling will start in the 2012 October half term.[citation needed] Construction work began in March 2011 with completion planned for September 2012.[8] During refurbishment there will be temporary blocks accommodating the pupils.[citation needed] School building work was completed by September 2012, with external landscaping expected completed by the end of 2012.[8]

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  1. ^ Allison, K.J., ed. (1969). "20. Education". A History of the County of York East Riding: Volume 1 - The City of Kingston upon Hull. Institute of Historical Research. pp. 348–370. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "History of the School". Malet Lambert School. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  3. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner; David Neave (1995), Yorkshire: York And the East Riding, Second Edition, Yale University Press, pp. 522–3 
  4. ^ a b "Malet Lambert School Language College". Ofsted. Retrieved 20 May 2012. , 2012 report
  5. ^ "Hull GCSE results". Hull Daily Mail. Retrieved 23 May 2012. 
  6. ^ "Secondary School (GCSE and equivalent) : Yorkshire and The Humber Local Authorities : Kingston upon Hull, City of : Malet Lambert School Language College". Department of Education. [dead link]
  7. ^ Sources:
  8. ^ a b "Malet Lambert project timeline". Esteem. Retrieved 6 March 2013. 
  9. ^ Heard about Hull's Euro champ, Hull Daily Mail 14 February 2009

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