Raynes Park High School
|Mottoes||To each his need, from each his power (Traditional) Inspiring learning; achieving excellence (Modern)|
|Type||Comprehensive community school|
|Deputy Head||Agnes Bailey & Paul Castle|
|Chair of Governors||Michael Ross|
|DfE URN||102674 Tables|
|Houses||Miltons, Gibbs, Halliwells and Newsoms|
|Colours||White, Red, Yellow and Purple|
Raynes Park High School is situated at the junction of the Kingston bypass (A3) and Bushey Road (A298). To the east, it is bounded by West Barnes Lane (B282), and just east of the boundary between the boroughs of Kingston upon Thames (New Malden) and Merton, and just north of the Shannon Corner junction of the A3/B282.
The school first came into being as a boys only grammar school in 1935. It remained as such for the next 34 years until 1969 when it became a 13–18 boys' comprehensive. In September 1990, when as along with the rest of the borough's schools, it became a 12-16 mixed comprehensive. Finally in September 2010 like all other high schools in the borough, the school's sixth form was re-instated. The school is now an official mixed 11-19.
Following the conversion of Merton's education system to a two tier structure in the 1990s, the school's sixth form was closed. Students wishing to take A-levels enrolled at various colleges or sixth forms in the area. Subsequently sixth form centres were re-introduced for all Merton High Schools and in September 2010 the purpose built sixth form block opened its doors to Year 12 students.
The Head Teacher is Phillip Wheatley and the Chair of Governors is Margaret Tulloch. The school last had an Ofsted inspection in October 2013
There have been eight Headteachers:
- John Garrett,
- Charles Wrinch
- T. Henry Porter
- G. David N. Giles
- Brian Butler
- John D. Massey
- Ian Newman
- Phillip Wheatley
W.H. Auden composed the words for the school song.
Raynes Park has four Houses: Miltons, Gibbs, Halliwells and Newsoms. The Houses are all identified by distinctive ties (Miltons:white, Gibbs:red, Halliwells:yellow and Newsoms:purple). These names were taken from four of the first five teachers. The fifth, Cobb, also had a House but (Cobbs:green) and the name remained in use for some buildings until December 2002
- FA Charter Standard Development School Award for outstanding contribution to Football
- Sport England Sports Mark Award for delivery of national PE
Guinness world record
Notable former pupils
Raynes Park County Grammar School
- Gordon Cook, tropical disease expert, medical historian, and President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from 1993-5
- Derek Cooper OBE, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster of the Food Programme, and President from 1988-95 of the Guild of Food Writers
- Sir Howard Dalton, Professor of Microbiology from 1983-2008 at the University of Warwick, and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) from 2002-7
- Jon Davey, Director General of the Cable Authority from 1985–90
- Charles Higham, archaeologist
- John Hopkins, TV writer
- Maj-Gen Anthony Jeapes CB OBE MC, Commander of Land Forces Northern Ireland from 1985-7, and Commander of 22 Regiment SAS from 1974-7 and 5 Airborne Brigade from 1982-5
- Prof Peter J. Parsons, Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford from 1989–2003
- Robert Robinson, TV quiz presenter, and radio presenter of Brain of Britain until 2005
- Prof Tony Tanner, Professor of English and American Literature from 1989-98 at the University of Cambridge
- Sir David Christopher Veness, CBE, QPM, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police 1994–2005, leaving to serve as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security.
Raynes Park High School
- Chris Powell, Professional footballer who was capped five times for England.
- Mike Lindup, Keyboard player for the band Level 42.
- Paul Trussell, Actor who appeared in the Sharpe TV series and Oscar winning movie The King's Speech.
- Raynes Park High School - Our History:School Song
- Raynes Park High School - Our History
- "Raynes Park High School - Inspection report", Ofsted, 4 June 2008.
- "Pupils scramble to crack world record", Europe Intelligence Wire, 1 November 2003
- "Egg and spoon race smashes record ", BBC News, 24 October 2003