Sir William Ramsay School

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Sir William Ramsay School
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Established 1976
Type Academy
Headteacher Mark Mayne
Location Rose Avenue
High Wycombe
HP15 7UB
England Coordinates: 51°38′50″N 0°42′43″W / 51.64709°N 0.71187°W / 51.64709; -0.71187
DfE URN 137256 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1100
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Sir William Ramsay School is a co-educational secondary school in Hazlemere, Buckinghamshire. It is takes children from the age of 11 through to the age of 18 with a total of approximately 1,000 pupils attending.[1] The school shares a common catchment area with the nearby Holmer Green Senior School.


The school was founded in 1976, and named after Nobel Prize winning scientist Sir William Ramsay, who lived in Hazlemere until his death in 1916. Each year has six forms William Ramsay has three houses. Blake, Nash and Hepworth. Each house has its own colour with Blake being blue, Nash, red and Hepworth green. Each form is an individual house. The houses all compete against each other on occasions like sports day. In September 2012 Mr Mark Mayne took over from Miss Gaynor Comber as head teacher.

It was awarded specialist school status as a Visual Arts College by the Department for Education and Skills in September 2000.[2]

In 2007, the school opened a multi-million pound performing arts centre. The first performance given by students was of the musical Grease.[3]

In August 2011 the school became an Academy.[4]


On 9 January 2004, a fifteen-year-old student stabbed a fellow pupil after she intervened when he threatened his ex-girlfriend with a seven inch steak knife.[5]

On the morning of 27 January 2007, two men entered the school, and were regarded as suspicious. Students were held in classrooms and the school was placed on lockdown while a police helicopter and canine team searched the surrounding area. Two men were later arrested.[6]


All students wear a blue and aqua striped tie with a white shirt, navy jumper(optional) and a navy blazer with the school crest on the left pocket. Girls can either wear a box pleat mid grey skirt or mid grey tailored trousers. Boys wear mid grey tailored trousers. For p.e, boys can either wear the aqua school p.e shirt or the school rugby navy and aqua shirt. They can wear this with shorts or a tracksuit. Girls also wear the school p.e top with either shorts, a skirt or a tracksuit.


William Ramsay has a recently built drama building containing media and music classrooms and private practising rooms. It also has a lift for anyone with a disability, the school assembly hall and classrooms for languages. The science building has 7 classrooms for science and philosophy and also has a lift. The rest of the school is one level. There is also a building each for maths, ICT, art technologies and humanities, 2 buildings for English, a sports hall, fitness studio and tennis courts for p.e. There is also a canteen, a drama theatre, two pastoral buildings, a hearing impaired unit, a disabled unit and a playing field. The school also uses Hazlemere youth building for dance and p.e lessons.


On starting at the school, year sevens get a choice of Spanish and French. All lessons are one hour long and follow a two week timetable, with essential lessons, e.g., maths, English, featuring the most. GCSE's are chosen in year 9 with maths, science, English and R.S and PHSE combined compulsory . The school offers four techs, textiles, woodwork, metal tech and food tech. The school also offers many extra curriculum clubs.

Disabled, special needs and hearing impaired students[edit]

The school has a unit for deaf students, known as the HARP and a unit for disabled and special needs students known as the SEN. The majority of the school is on one level and has many ramps making it helpful for disabled students. The students enrolled in the SEN and HARP are often merged into an ordinary classroom with an LSA, so are also registered on the normal register, though they may go back to SEN occasionally instead of doing a lesson. SEN students may also sometimes do private lessons in subjects with only a few other students who are also struggling with that lesson. Those students aren't necessarily always SEN.

Notable students[edit]


  1. ^ "Schools Directory". Buckinghamshire County Council. Retrieved 3 August 2006. 
  2. ^ "Specialist Schools Home". DfES. July 2006. Retrieved 28 July 2006. 
  3. ^ "Lights, camera, action at Ramsay". Bucks Free Press. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 27 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Open academies map and schools submitting applications". Department for Education. Retrieved 15 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Teenager detained after stabbing", BBC News. URL last accessed 10 March 2007
  6. ^ "Village news", URL last accessed 10 March 2007
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