Ravensbourne School (Bromley)
|Headteacher||Mr P Murphy|
|Location||Hayes Lane (B265)
|DfE URN||101679 Tables|
|Former name||Bromley Grammar School|
The Ravensbourne School is a secondary academy school in the London Borough of Bromley. It stands on a 22-acre (89,000 m2) site in Hayes Lane, to the south of Bromley, and in the parish of Bromley St Mark. It is named after the River Ravensbourne, which runs nearby.
Grammar school 
The school was opened in 1911 as the Bromley County Grammar Schools for Boys and Girls, on two sites: Hayes Lane (boys) and Nightingale Lane (girls). The Hayes Lane site was officially opened on 18 October 1911. They were later renamed Bromley Grammar Schools. The buildings in Hayes Lane were considerably extended in 1933, using the original architect and keeping to the original neo-Georgian design. The new buildings comprised the Great Hall (connected to the original building by an open cloister) the science block, and the dining hall and gymnasium on either side of the hall. The new buildings were officially opened on 30 November 1934. Many of the School's early buildings are recognised as being of historic interest and are Grade II listed. The schools were controlled by Kent Education Committee until 1965. The girls' school had around 700 girls in the mid-1960s.
In the late 1960s, following the then government's drive to phase out selective education, the Bromley Grammar Schools were merged with the nearby Raglan Road secondary modern school, to form the new Ravensbourne Schools, still on the two separate sites for boys and girls.
Closure of boys only school 
In 1988 the Education Authority decided that the two separate single sex schools should close and a new co-educational comprehensive school be opened at Hayes Lane. A programme of building works was embarked upon in order to make the school suitable for its new co-educational role.
In 1995 governors failed to properly check the CV of the school bursar who claimed to be a qualified accountant. In 2005 "massive deficits" in the schools' accounts were discovered and the bursar was found to have stolen money from the school using blank cheques signed by the headteacher.
New sixth form building 
In 2003, with over subscription in Years 7 to 11 and an expanding sixth form, yet more building work was undertaken. A new dedicated sixth form block was created, the drama studios expanded and the War Memorial Library refurbished in the original style. A new Lower School Library was installed in what was, in 1911, the dining hall for the original 79 boys.
New Farm 
In 2011 the school opened a farm with a small selection of animals including pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, and a variety of reptiles.
Admissions controversy 
In October 2009 the school was found to have "significant faults" with its appeals procedures when a government ombudsman found that members of its admissions panel were not properly trained and the clerks recording of the appeal was "inadequate."
On 1 April 2011, Ravensbourne School gained academy status. This allows the school to manage its own finances and despite being bottom in the borough for students achieving five good GCSE's it has confirmed it rewards its teaching staff with an average salary of nearly £50,000 each. (£49,700). This is above all other state schools in the borough and over £10,000 per teacher (over a million pounds a year) more than high achieving schools in the area such as Bullers Wood, Darrick Wood and Ravenswood Schools. A large proportion of this expenditure is on management positions and the school recently created an additional two Deputy Head positions bringing the total number of deputies to four. The Headteacher's ongoing commitment to equal opportunities has seen him appoint his own son, daughter and the son of the Chair of Governors who were appointed on their own outstanding candidature.
Academic performance 
Ravensbourne gets GCSEs a lot below the England average each year, and A levels well under the England average. GCSE examination results including English and Maths fell every year from 47% in 2006 to 37% in 2009.
The results left the school the second lowest performing in the borough of Bromley.
In 2010 the school's results seemed to show improvement but closer analysis revaled that this was achieved largely through the its use of 'equivalent' qualifications and without these the school stayed second bottom of the borough with 35% A*-C grades, only Kelsey Park achieving lower.
Results for the English Baccalaurate were also low with only 8% of students achieving the necessary results to earn the qualification.
In March 2011 the school featured in a BBC article entitled 'Gaming' the school league tables?' in a list of 200 schools with the greatest dependence on equivalent qualifications and whose performance most dramatically dropped when these were removed from their results.
In 2011 the school was joint bottom of the borough in the measurement for students achieving five good A*-C GCSE's with less than half (44%) achieving the necessary measurement. Results for the English Baccalaureate also fell to 7%. With vocational qualifications included it achieved 57%.
In 2012 the school the school revealed that only 28% of students achieved 3 A levels at A*-E. There was little improvement in GCSE or EBacc which stood at 60% and 8% respectively.
Ofsted Inspections 
The school received an 'outstanding' from Ofsted in 2006-2007. This was downgraded to 'good' in 2009-2010. The inspector commented in a letter to the students, "We judged the school to be good. You achieve average standards in your GCSEs, though mathematics and English standards are not as high as in many other subjects."
The school's best results come from internally assessed vocational qualifications but it struggles to produce the same high standards in more academic examined subjects. OFSTED commented, "Students make the best progress in many applied A level subjects. Leaders recognise that progress is not as rapid in some A-level subjects and are taking action to improve this."
See also 
Ravensbourne School 
- Montell Douglas, sprinter
- Keeley Hazell, topless model
- Gary O'Neil, West Ham United F.C. footballer, former England U21 captain
Ravensbourne School for Boys 
- Billy Idol, rock musician
- Martin Uden, Ambassador to South Korea since 2008
- Sean Matthews (Mags), Musical Director, London School of Samba (2000–07) from 1974–79
- Nicholas Cornwell, Sculptor
Bromley Grammar School for Boys 
- Rt Rev Michael Baughen, Bishop of Chester from 1982–96
- Sir Edward Britton CBE, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers from 1970-5
- Prof John Cole, Professor of Human and Regional Geography at the University of Nottingham from 1975–94
- Nigel Finch, BBC documentary director for Arena
- Billy Jenkins, guitarist
- Sir George Martin CBE, music producer
- Sir Michael Neubert, Conservative MP for Romford from 1974–97
- Air Vice-Marshal John Pilkington CB CBE, Station Commander of RAF Waddington from 1979–81
- Charles Sandbank, electronics engineer who was influential in the development at the BBC of NICAM sound compression and also in 1976 with STL for the first fibre-optic transmission
- Air Vice-Marshal Peter Scott CB, Station Commander of RAF St Athan from 1995-7
- Ken Wood, inventor who produced the Kenwood Chef and formed Kenwood Limited (now owned since 2001 by the Italian company DeLonghi)
- Michael York, actor
Peter Frampton, rock guitarist
- Bromley Times (12 December 2007). "School bursar £60,000 fraud". Bromley Times. Retrieved 2010-01-30.
- Local Government Ombudsman
- "Secondary school league tables in Bromley". BBC News. 21 March 2012.
- Nigel Finch