Theale Green School
|Deputy Heads||Sophie Cheston
|Chair of Theale Green Trust||Dudley Fishburn|
|DfE URN||139938 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Benyon, Hunt, Piper and Scott|
The school has 1,256 pupils on roll, including 210 in the sixth form.
The school was founded as Theale Grammar School in 1963 by Ken J V Shield, a graduate of Northampton Grammar School and the University of Cambridge. He had previously taught at Leeds Modern School and Hulme Grammar School, and been deputy head at Thomas Bennett Community College in Crawley.
Upon opening, the school was designed to provide education for 870 pupils. It was extensively expanded throughout the following decade, with the addition of the gymnasium, music department, the sixth form area, and numerous classrooms. A 1971 estimate predicted that the school roll would rise to 1,250 by the middle of the decade. In the early 1970s, the school became a comprehensive and was renamed Theale Green.
In 1985 Chris Gittins was appointed as headteacher. A graduate of Leighton Park School and Cambridge University, he had previously taught at Swanley School, Thomas Bennett School and Longsands Academy in Cambridgeshire. The school pioneered Local Management of Schools prior to the Education Reform Act 1988 with the appointment of the first Bursar in Berkshire, Richard Smith and, in 1987 was renamed Theale Green Community School, becoming the first Community School in the county by strengthening the House System, opening a Sports Centre, and amalgamating the Youth and Adult Education Provision with daytime schooling. The school grew to 1350 students with an expanded sixth form.
In 1992 the school designed and developed the first Learning Support Unit (LSU) in England; The TGCS Student Support Unit became a model for more than 3,500 LSUs that subsequently opened around the country, providing additional support to include and reintegrate pupils whose learning behaviour has deteriorated to a point where exclusion from school is otherwise likely.
In 1993 TGCS won a national competition to achieve funding under the governments Technology Schools Initiative (the precursor to Specialist Schools) and one year later, when the Specialist schools programme began, the school was designated as an Arts college, one of the first four in England, developing an outstanding reputation for technology and arts education recognised in subsequent OFSTED Reports.
In 2002 Chris Gittins became the Government's lead advisor on improving behaviour and attendance in schools and Sue Marshall was appointed Headteacher, moving from the neighbouring Clere School in Hampshire which she had revitalised as Headteacher following a critical OFSTED report in 1996.
In 2010, a planning application was submitted to West Berkshire Council seeking permission to rebuild the sixth form complex. Building work began in late 2010 and the new Sixth Form Centre was opened in November 2011, comprising classrooms, computer facilities, study rooms and a new common room.
In October 2011 the school was given a Notice to Improve by Ofsted. The report stated: "The proportion gaining five or more A* to C grades at GCSE including English and mathematics has now fallen to below the national average and progress for average ability students across the school, particularly in mathematics and science, was inadequate." The follow-up visit, made in October 2012 and published in December 2012, found that the school had not made sufficient improvement on the previous report. As a result of this, the school was placed in special measures, and the head—Sue Marshall—announced her resignation to coincide with the Christmas holiday. She was succeeded by David Bromfield, former principal of Manchester Academy and one-time presenter of Tomorrow's World. In September 2013, the school converted to academy status and was renamed, dropping the word "community" from its name, returning to "Theale Green School".
The school operates a house system. There are four houses, which each have a Head of House, Pastoral Mentor, and a team of tutors. House prefects are appointed by the Head of House. The four houses are:
Piper house is named after John Piper (1903–1992) who donated a number of his prints to the school. Piper was introduced to the school by Geoffrey Eastop, whose wife was the head of the art department. The house's mascot is a dragon named Spike.
There are many competitions between these four houses, including rugby, football, netball and hockey tournaments, as well as the annual sports day.
- Ofsted (2012)
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- Dunford, Bennett & Fawcett (2000, p. 118)
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- West Berkshire Council (2010)
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- Theale Green Community School
- Theale Green School Year of 1978 (leaving 1983/5) Reunions November 2003 & July 2010