Canons High School

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Canons High School
Established 1952
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Bartle
Location Shaldon Road
Queensbury, Edgware
Greater London
DfE number 310/4022
DfE URN 137199 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 771 (Jan 2010)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Former name Downer Grammar School
Website School website

Canons High School (CHS) is an academy school situated in Edgware in the eastern part of the London Borough of Harrow.


The school currently teaches pupils aged 11 to 18 across six year groups. The school is currently preparing for admission of Year 7 pupils. The current Headteacher is Mr Bartle. The main feeder schools are Stag Lane, Glebe, Little Stanmore and Aylward. The school is oversubscribed.

It is situated just east of the A4140, 300 metres north of the boundary between Harrow and Brent. Queensbury tube station is close to the south (which is on the Harrow/Brent boundary), and the Jubilee line passes close to the west. Edgware Road (A5) is about a half-mile to the east. It lies in the parish of All Saints', Queensbury.


Grammar school[edit]

It was formerly known as Downer Grammar School. It was built in 1952 and was the first grammar school to have been built in Harrow after World War II. It was named after Thomas Downer, a magistrate from Harrow, who died in 1502. It was officially opened by the Bishop of Stepney, the Right Rev Joost de Blank in 1955.


In 1974 it merged with Camrose Secondary Modern School. At this time the headmaster was Mr Becker. The Camrose site became a middle school. The Camrose school had opened in 1932.

The school achieved Technology College status in 2002 and then gained a second vocational specialism.

For many years Canons High School consisted of four year groups, with the first year group being Year 8. However, in September 2008, the school established a sixth form, adding two more years (Year 12 and 13) to the school. A new Sixth Form Centre opened in September 2009. In 2010/2011 the school changed its status from a Technology college to a Science college and changed its intake years to have Year 7's in attendance.


On 1 August 2011, Canons High School officially gained academy status.

Examination Performance[edit]

GCSE Examination Performance[edit]

School A*-C Pass Rate
A*-C Pass Rate
A*-C Pass Rate
English Baccalaureate Pass Rate
Canons High School 49% 46% 54% 12%
Average for London Borough of Harrow 57.7% 60.8% 60.7% 22.6%
Average for England 47.6% 50.7% 60.7% 15.1%
  • The table above shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, including English and Maths
  • The rightmost column shows the percentage of students gaining five A* to C grades, in five core subjects - maths; English; two science qualifications; a foreign language and either history or geography.
  • Source: Department for Education[2]
  • Full GCSE results for the London Borough of Harrow

Notable former pupils[edit]

Downer Grammar School[edit]


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