Sanders Draper School

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sanders Draper School
Motto Positive achievement for all
Established 1937 (actual)
1938 (official)
Type Foundation school
Headteacher John McEachern
Founder Lady Simon
Location Hornchurch
Greater London
England Coordinates: 51°33′00″N 0°12′54″E / 51.5500°N 0.2149°E / 51.5500; 0.2149
Local authority London Borough of Havering
DfE URN 102341 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 954[1]
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–16

The Sanders Draper School is a mixed-gender secondary school for students aged between 11 and 16 located in Hornchurch, London Borough of Havering, UK. It was a specialist science school until recently and it shares its grounds with Sutton's Junior & Infant school, just off Suttons Lane. It consists of four main buildings and a large sports field and playground.


The school was opened as Suttons Modern Secondary School in 1937 but was only officially opened on 2 June 1938 by Lady Simon. It was built to provide educational facilities for between 950 and 1,100 students. It originally housed boys and girls in different departments with the boys on the southern edge, eventually running as two separate school establishments (one for boys and the other for girls) in 1945. The two "establishments" were amalgamated as one mixed school in 1953.[2]

On 24 March 1943, an American volunteer with the RAF, Flying Officer Raimund Sanders Draper deliberately crashed his Spitfire to avoiding hitting the school, after engine failure on take-off from RAF Hornchurch. In 1973 the school was renamed in his honour.[3]

Exam Results[edit]

In 2009 52% of pupils achieved at least 5 GCSE's at grades A* to C including English and Maths.

Ofsted Inspections[edit]

The school was last inspected by Ofsted in 2012. Note that schools are graded as 1 - Outstanding, 2 - Good, 3 - Satisfactory or 4 - Inadequate. The school was graded as 2 - Good.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Ofsted School information Official UK schools body information pages
  2. ^ British History online, excerpt from "A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7"
  3. ^ A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7

External links[edit]