Sanders Draper School
|Motto||Positive achievement for all|
|Local authority||London Borough of Havering|
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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.
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.
In 2009 52% of pupils achieved at least 5 GCSE's at grades A* to C including English and Maths.
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
- Paul Parker, footballer
- Freddie Sears, footballer
- Jessie Williams, actress from Tracy Beaker Returns
- Ofsted School information Official UK schools body information pages
- British History online, excerpt from "A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7"
- A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7
- Sanders Draper School Official Website
- School history from the "Schools Online project" (Some information incorrect - written by students)
- Havering GCSE League Table 2009
- 2007 Ofsted Report