Acton High School

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Acton High School & Centre For Media Arts
Acton High School, logo, UK.gif
Motto Achieving for all
Established 1906
Type Comprehensive community school
Headteacher Dr Andy sivewright PhD[1]
Location Gunnersbury Lane

W3 8EY
Coordinates: 51°30′19″N 0°16′52″W / 51.5054°N 0.2810°W / 51.5054; -0.2810
Local authority Ealing
DfE number 307/4035
DfE URN 101932 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1157
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Black, red and blue[2]
Former name Acton County Grammar School
Former pupils Old Actonians
Website AHS

Acton High School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form located in the Acton area of the London Borough of Ealing, England.


It has students between the ages of 11 to 18 and the headteacher is currently Dr Andrew Sievewright. In September 2012, the school will offer places in a newly established sixth form. This initially will involve around 100 students in Year 12, to be expanded to around 200 students by the second year in September 2013. Ofsted has labelled the school as "outstanding" (2006–2007). Ofsted then commented

"Acton High School & Centre for Media Arts - a centre of excellence..."

It is on Gunnersbury Lane (A4000) just north of Acton Town tube station.


Grammar school[edit]

It was known as Acton County Grammar School, which opened in 1906 for 200 boys. It was the first purpose-built county grammar school in Middlesex. In 1958, it began admitting girls, becoming fully co-educational in 1966. In 1965, the school's administration moved from Middlesex County Council to the London Borough of Ealing. When proposals for going comprehensive appeared in 1966, parents took the LEA to court and lost.


It became a comprehensive in 1970, when Ealing borough adopted the three tier system, and was known as Reynolds High School, named after local politician Gerry Reynolds. The 18-year-old "graduation" year of 1976 produced 4 university students out of an intake of 180 in 1969. School colours were brown and cream, with a badge showing a ring of oak leaves around a portcullis with the school name superimposed. The school roll in 1979 amounted to 1040 pupils and until its final years, consisted of 8 forms per year. During the mid 1970s, the neighbouring (opened 1962) Ealing Mead County school off Popes Lane, was found to have serious structural problems. After only 8 years of use, Ealing Mead had to be closed and demolished. As a result, the pupils of the school were scattered around the local schools and Reynolds High School absorbed a significant proportion of them. Reynolds High School closed in July 1984 primarily due to falling school roll and re-opened in September the same year as Acton High School on the merger with the Faraday High School, formerly based at Bromyard Avenue. The old brick buildings, dating from 1939 were demolished in 2005 and a new school building built on the same site.

Opening ceremony of the new school[edit]

Acton High School held an opening ceremony on 28 June 2006. The guest of honour was George Alagiah, journalist and broadcaster. He was interviewed on stage by Andy Tran and Fazheelah Mir after an introduction in the form of an "outside broadcast" by Thomas Edwards and Stella Weyama.

The front of the main building


Reynolds Sports Centre[edit]

Reynolds Sports Centre is a sport and leisure centre building adjoined with Acton High School's main building. The sports and leisure centre is managed by the council’s Active Ealing team.[3] The facility is available for students and for public use after school hours. It includes a sports hall, fitness gym, dance studio and two multi use outdoor games areas. Each facility is available for hire.[4]


Uniform consists of the following mandatory items:[5]

  • White shirt
  • School tie (with six stripes. KS3 red/black stripe; KS4 red/black or gold stripe)
  • Black Jumper (with school logo)
  • Black trousers or black skirt
  • Black shoes (plain)

Sixth form dress code:[6]

  • Shirt with collar or polo shirts
  • Skirt, tailored trousers or dress.
  • Blouse, shirt or tailored top
  • Trousers (tailored)
  • Shoes (any colour)
  • Smart jacket
  • Jumper or cardigan
  • Suit or smart jacket

Sports kit consists of:

  • Green shirt (with school logo)
  • Black shorts or track suits (plain)
  • Black trainers or plimsolls (any colour)

Notable former pupils[edit]

Acton County Grammar School[edit]

Reynolds High School[edit]

Acton High School[edit]


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