Wanstead High School
|Motto||"Abeunt Studia in Mores"|
|Headteacher||Mr Christiaan Van Hammer|
|Location||Redbridge Lane West
|DfE URN||102851 Tables|
It specialises in the performing arts and has 1490 pupils aged 11 to 19. Its local education authority is Redbridge. It is situated just west of the A12 junction with the North Circular Road (A406).
Its motto is "Abeunt Studia in Mores" which translates literally as "studies become habits" or "practices zealously pursued pass into habits". It can be taken to mean "Studies build one's character".
During the Second World War the school was evacuated to Newent. On 15 February 1957, over 150 pupils suffered food poisoning. Until 1965 it was administered by the Essex Education Committee. In the 1960s, the school had around 800 boys and girls, with 250 in the sixth form.
Performing arts facilities
Performing Arts facilities at the school include a theatre, drama and dance studios and music technology suites. In addition to allowing pupils to study these areas specifically, performance elements are also being introduced into other areas of the wider curriculum. Mr Ian Sweet and Mr Mark Whitehead are the current heads of performing arts at the school.
The Inclusion Department
The Inclusion Department (Known as Learning Zone) is a department at WHS that helps children with learning difficulties learn and cope with school. The Inclusion Department has a specialist dyslexia teacher to support dyslexic students at WHS. Website for the inclusion department: Inclusion@Wanstead High
Notable former pupils
- Geraldine Bedell, journalist and writer
- Nick Berry Television actor and musician.
- Sarah Holland, writer
- Gillian Merron, Former Labour MP and Junior Minister
- Ronnie O'Sullivan, snooker player
- Matthew Porter, CEO and Director of Leyton Orient Football Club.
- Carly Cole, wife of footballer Joe Cole
- Richard Wisker, star of CBBC's hit children's comedy drama Tracy Beaker Returns.
- Chris Jericho WWE Wrestler
Wanstead County High School
- Rt Rev Robert Atwell, Anglican bishop
- Gilbert Blackman CBE, the last Chairman of the Central Electricity Generating Board (in 1990)
- Dr Lionel Blackman, Director General from 1964-71 of the British Coal Utilisation Research Association, and younger brother of Gilbert
- Prof Patrick Boyde, Serena Professor of Italian from 1981-2002 at the University of Cambridge
- Prof Philip Burke CBE, Professor of Mathematical Physics from 1967-98 at Queen's University Belfast
- Arthur Butler, journalist, political correspondent of the Daily Express from 1963-9
- (Dr.) Gerry Carr. Olympic discus thrower, (Melbourne,1956).  Author, university professor (retd) (UVic, B.C., Canada) 
- Geoff Elliott, Olympic pole-vaulter and decathlete (Helsinki,1952)
- Keith Ovenden, writer
- Dr Geoffrey Pardoe OBE, aerodynamicist and rocket scientist, Director from 1993-6 of the International Academy of Science, Project Manager from 1956-60 of Blue Streak (missile), President from 1984-5 of the Royal Aeronautical Society, and advocate of the British space programme
- David Rappaport , Musician, stage, screen and TV actor (Time Bandits, The Wizard).
- Tony Robinson, presenter of Time Team since 1994, and of course Baldrick in the Blackadder TV comedy
- Rupert Davies, Film, TV, and stage actor, best known as Maigret in the 1960s TV series.
- Maj-Gen Michael Sexton CB OBE, Director of Military Survey from 1977–80
- Michael J Smith. 1948-c1956. Organist, Llandaff Cathedral 1974-2000. Asst. Organist, Salisbury Cathedral, 1967-1974.
- Group Captain Tony Trumble, OBE Battle of Britain pilot, Stalag Luft III POW.
- Prof Maurice Tucker, Professor of Geological Sciences since 1993 at Durham University and Master since 1998 of University College, Durham
- Prof Peter Vanezis OBE, Regius Professor of Forensic Medicine, Glasgow from 1993–2003, Chief Forensic Medical Officer from 2003-6 at the Forensic Science Service, and President from 1996-7 of the British Academy of Forensic Science and from 2001-3 of the British Association For Human Identification
- Angela Watkinson, Conservative MP since 2001 for Upminster
- Sir John Wilton KCVO KCMG MC, Major (Royal Ulster Rifles), Ambassador to Kuwait from 1970-4, and to Saudi Arabia from 1976-9
Notable former teachers
- Ron Pickering (left in 1961 when he became athletics coach for Wales and the West of England)
- Martin Underwood (Physical Education teacher in the mid 60s. Played Rugby on the wing for England 5 times)
- Wilf Paish (Physical Education teacher in the 60s. Coach of many athletes, including Olympic gold medal winner Tessa Sanderson)
- The Times, 12 January 1996
- Wanstead: Education and charities, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973) pp. 336-337. Date accessed: 25 January 2009.
- DirectGov School Profile
- Ofsted listing
- Headteacher's Welcome
- Redbridge Education and Learning
- Online: abeunt studia in mores
- Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary: abeunt studia in mores
- Mulgrave School
- London's Heronry. The Carroll Herald. July 9th 1895
- Old Heronians
- Wanstead History
- Redbridge School Information
- The Guardian: Obituary - Mary Shute
- Wanstead: Religious history, A History of the County of Essex: Volume 6 (1973) pp. 332-336. Date accessed: 25 January 2009
- Papers of Sir John Wilton