Beths Grammar School
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|Type||Grammar School; Academy|
Christopher MaximRichard Blyghton (Acting)
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Beths Grammar School, commonly known as Beths, is an all-boys grammar school with academy status in Bexley, south east London, England. Pupils are admitted from the age of 11, with girls joining the sixth form in Year 12. Since becoming a grammar school in 1976, it has consistently performed well within the borough, typically attaining more than 95% A*-C grades at GCSE.
The school was founded in 1945 as Erith Technical School, Holly Hill Road: Principal E. Alec Wolf. Specialising in technical subjects such as Mechanical Engineering, Building Construction and Academic. The buildings (Opposite the Seamans Home) were shared with the then Erith Grammar School. To facilitate the school's expansion in 1960-61, it was moved to its current site near Bexley village, and its name was changed to Bexley/Erith Technical School to reflect its new location. A few years later, this was expanded to Bexley/Erith Technical High School for Boys; the name it maintained for several decades and giving rise to the school's common name, BETHS or B.E.T.H.S. The school was later granted grammar school status, and became known as BETHS Grammar School for Boys until the most recent change to Beths Grammar School, in which all pupils were notified through an assembly.
In 1995, the school was awarded DfES Technology College specialist status, which provided extra funds for Design and Technology, ICT, Science and Mathematics. In 1998 the school won the School Sports Award, recognising the achievement of the school in Rugby and Football, the two main school sports, and others.
The former headmaster, James Skinner joined the school in 2002 and has overseen the school's most rapid period of expansion and development. In 2006, the school gained an additional specialism as a Modern Foreign Languages College. He retired from his position at the end of the 2014/15 academic year.
Christopher Maxim became the new headteacher as of September 2015. He was signed off on sick leave as of March 2017 and will not return in September 2017. Deputy Headteacher, Richard Blyghton, was appointed acting headteacher until a new permanent head teacher could be sourced. It is likely that one will not take the role in time for the start of the year in September.
Notable former pupils
- Steve Backley – Former Olympic athlete – javelin
- Alexander Cobb – Actor; known for Indian Summers (2015), National Theatre Live: The Magistrate (2012), Mr Selfridge (2013)
- Bradley Dack – Footballer playing for Gillingham F.C.
- Graham Kersey – Former county cricketer
- Rob Knox – Actor (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
- Neal Lawson – Political commentator and Chairman of Compass
- Jake Davies - Actor; known for The Missing and X+Y
- "League Tables - Beths Grammar School". BBC News. 2006-01-19.
- OFSTED (2002). "OFSTED Inspection Report" (PDF). Retrieved 2006-09-08.[dead link]
- "Beths Celebrates Triple Success". Bexley Council. 2006-01-31. Archived from the original on 2006-10-17. Retrieved 2006-09-09.
- Edwards, Richard (4 March 2009). "Harry Potter actor Rob Knox: profile". Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 November 2016.