The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy

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The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy
Motto Learning Changes Lives
Established 1931
Type Academy
Principal Michael del Río
Location Mitcham Road
England Coordinates: 51°23′28″N 0°07′49″W / 51.3911°N 0.1304°W / 51.3911; -0.1304
Local authority Croydon
DfE number 306/4003
DfE URN 141210 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1052 (2009)
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Houses North, East, South, West
Website The Archbishop Lanfranc Coloma Academy

The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy is a coeducational secondary school located in the Thornton Heath area of Croydon, South London, named after Lanfranc, Archbishop of Canterbury from 1070 to 1089.


The school was originally founded in 1931 as a boys' school in Thornton Road, Thornton Heath, near the junction with Mitcham Road and is close to Mitcham Common. In 1953 work began on a new school nearby in Mitcham Road, being opened in 1956 by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Geoffrey Fisher.

Previously a foundation school administered by Croydon London Borough Council, The Archbishop Lanfranc School converted to academy status in September 2014 and was renamed The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy. However the school contunies to coordinate with Croydon London Borough Council for admissions.


The last OFSTED report[1] of June 2009 states that the school: is a specialist sports college serving a part of Croydon of considerable ethnic and cultural diversity. The school is average in size and has a significantly higher proportion of boys than girls. The proportion of pupils who have learning difficulties and/or disabilities, including those with a statement of special educational need, is above average. The school holds several national and local awards including the National Association for Able Children in Education (NACE) Award and the Investors in People standard. There is a Nursery overseen by the governing body, and judgements about its effectiveness were included in this report. The privately run Lanfranc Pre-school was inspected and reported on separately. The report stated that the quality of education provided by the school was at least satisfactory in all respects with some key aspects as good and others outstanding.

Television documentary[edit]

In 2014 the school was featured in the BBC Three documentary series, Tough Young Teachers.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  • David Clark (1985 - 2014)
  • Michael del Río (2014 - Present)

See also[edit]

  • Accident at Stavanger Airport, Sola on 9 August 1961 which killed 34 boys and 2 members of staff from the school. The 50th anniversary was marked by a book published in summer 2011, The Lanfranc Boys by Rosalind Jones sister of Quentin Green, one of the victims.


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