Ark Putney Academy
2012 as ARK Putney Academy
Putney Heath, Putney
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It was first established as Southfields School in 1904 on Merton Road. The school was renamed Elliott School in 1911, and in 1956 it amalgamated with Huntingfield Secondary Modern School on a new site in Pullman Gardens, to become Elliott Comprehensive School. Many famous icons such as Pierce Brosman went to this school and the school appears in the film Love Actually. In 2012 the school converted to academy status and was renamed ARK Putney Academy.
The main part of school is a Grade II listed building designed in the early 1950s by G A Trevett of the London County Council architects' department. It was among the early work of John Bancroft who worked as an assistant on the project. English Heritage have described it as "perhaps the finest of the large comprehensive schools built by the London County Council architects". However, in 2012, much of the school's open space was under threat of sale to pay for refurbishment of the main school buildings which had fallen into disrepair.
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