Mandeville Upper School

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For the school with the similar name in Mandeville, Louisiana, USA, see Mandeville High School.
The Mandeville School Specialist Sports College
Type Community school
Executive Headteacher Mrs Geralyn Wilson
Location Ellen Road
HP21 8ES
England Coordinates: 51°47′57″N 0°48′51″W / 51.79911°N 0.81429°W / 51.79911; -0.81429
Local authority Buckinghamshire
DfE number 825/4067
DfE URN 110497 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,030
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Hartwell, Windsor, Rothschild, Verney, Cheques
Colours Black and Red

Mandeville Upper School is a secondary school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, built in the 1960s. There are approximately 1000 students currently attending Mandeville, aged between 11 and 18 years.

As recently as 2000 the school had a reputation as a failing school. It failed OFSTED inspections and was forced to close to students for one day each week because of a lack of available teachers. However this was rectified very quickly only resulting in a single 4-day week.

However in 1996 a new headteacher with a reputation for turning failing schools around took over and the school saw significant changes. The level of students being excluded (either temporarily or permanently) from the school dropped and exam passes increased. In July 2004 the school was awarded specialist school status as a Sports College, an accolade reserved for the more successful schools in England. However because of its recent history the school still retains some of its old reputation, particularly in the local and national media.

The school works with UNESCO in aiming to stop child labour and has a group of students set up who are interested in doing so. These students are also partnered with a school in Lebanon.

The schools 6th Form Challengers are also raising money to fund their volunteer trip to Kenya in 2009 where they will visit an AIDS orphanage.

Mobile phone masts[edit]

Mandeville Upper School is one of several Buckinghamshire schools which host mobile phone masts. Contracts between Buckinghamshire County Council and various mobile phone operators generate an income of £145,000 per annum, of which about £59,000 comes from contracts for masts that are installed in schools. [1] [2]


  1. ^ "Questions and Answers for County Council Meeting" (PDF). Buckinghamshire County Council. 22 January 2004. Retrieved 2007-04-16. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Is there a mast near you?". News of the World. Retrieved 2007-04-16. 

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