Chessington School

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Chessington School
Garrison Lane


Coordinates51°21′25″N 0°18′32″W / 51.357°N 0.309°W / 51.357; -0.309Coordinates: 51°21′25″N 0°18′32″W / 51.357°N 0.309°W / 51.357; -0.309
TypeComprehensive School Community school
Local authorityKingston upon Thames
Department for Education URN102599 Tables
Head teacherMr Ash Ali
Age11 to 16

Chessington School (previously known as Chessington Community College) is a co-educational 11–16 inclusive / comprehensive school[1] with a sports centre in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Greater London.


Pre-Chessington Community College[edit]

In 1939, the Garrison Lane site of Chessington Community College was opened as RAF Chessington and was used as a barrage balloon centre in the defence of London in World War II. After a brief period of operation as a US Air Force base most of the land was sold off for housing; however some of the land was still under military ownership as recent as the mid 1990s.[2]

Before 1953, there was only one secondary school in the Chessington area, Moor Lane secondary mixed school, which was opened in 1936. After World War II, large areas of Chessington, east and west of the Leatherhead Road, were scheduled for building development to serve as overspill areas for Surbiton, Kingston and Malden. This meant that new schools had to be provided and it was decided by the then county council to build a new secondary boys' school in Garrison Lane and to retain Moor Lane as a secondary girls' school.

In September 1953, Fleetwood County Secondary boys' school was opened as a three-form entry school with 324 boys on the role. There were the usual problems connected with establishing a new school and others due to the following reason:

As house building in the area progressed, boys of all ages were continually being admitted to the school making a stable organisation almost impossible, and in some cases resulting in boys of different age groups being taught in the same classes.

The school very soon became overcrowded and this problem was accentuated because all the rooms had been built for classes of 30.

Some forms had more than 40 on roll and it was only just possible to get them into the rooms. This situation was relieved in 1958 by the addition of two classrooms and a library.

The number of boys from Chessington families was quite small with many boys travelling in from a distance. For the majority there was, as yet, no community tradition and the first settling down period of two or three years was difficult.

Time and the natural course of events solved most of these early problems; building slowed down and the annual intakes were reduced to the normal three-form entry. Casual admissions during the year became normal and forms were reduced in size so that no form was of more than 35, most being just below 30.

A healthy community spirit began to develop in the school with the increasing growth of extra-curricular activities, societies and other activities which had a noticeable effect on the attitude and behaviour of boys in general.

As a boys' school, Fleetwood was inspected by Her Majesty's Inspectors from the Ministry of Education in July 1962, just prior to the admission of girls. The inspection concluded that Fleetwood County Secondary School for Boys was a good school which made a most valuable contribution to the community it served.

Under the Surrey Development Plan for Secondary Education, girls were admitted to what was renamed Fleetwood County Secondary School, the first girls being admitted in September 1962 when 38 girls joined the existing 383 boys. In the following years, numbers began to rise as more girls joined the school.

During the 1980s, during a period of falling rolls and partly due to the geographical location of the school, numbers began to fall. Consideration was given by Kingston Local Education Authority to close the school. This angered many of the parents and residents in the Chessington and Hook areas who felt that local amenities were being taken away from the south of the borough to its detriment. Following a great deal of political debate locally, Kingston’s Education Committee decided to keep the secondary school in the south of the borough but given the complaints about lack of recreational facilities decided that a new educational establishment was needed in the borough which would also serve the community needs of the Chessington and Hook area.

Chessington Community College[edit]

In September 1989, Chessington Community College was established with Mr. J. P. Hayes as its first headteacher.[3]

In 1992, the College opened its £2 million sports centre which was built not only to provide indoor sporting facilities for the pupils of Chessington Community College but also to serve the sporting needs of the local community in the evenings and at weekends.[3]

The College progressed well under the headship of Hayes with the percentage of Year 11 pupils gaining 5 A* -C GCSEs rising from 19% in summer 1990 to nearly 50% in summer 1995.

Ofsted Report[edit]

Chessington Community College was most recently inspected by Ofsted on the 6 and 7 November 2014, in this report the school was given an overall rating of "Good" in comparison to a previous rating "Requires Improvement" from an inspection on the 12 and 13 December 2012.[4]

Inspection Dates Ofsted Overall Effectiveness
6/7 November 2014 2 – Good[5]
12/13 December 2012 3 – Requires Improvement[6]
10/11 February 2011 3 – Satisfactory[7]
16/17 January 2008 3 – Satisfactory[8]
9/12 February 2004 N/A[9]

Academic performance[edit]

Chessington Community College has been given a Secondary (key stage 4) performance rating of 0.36 for 2016, this put the school in the top 25% of English schools in terms of academic progress for pupils between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 4.[10]

Key data from 2016 performance for Chessington Community College[10]
Metric School England Average Score
Attainment 8 score 51.1 48.5
Pupils achieving Grade C or better in English and maths GCSEs 67% 59.3%
Pupils entering for the English Baccalaureate 40% 36.8%

GCSE results 2016[edit]

In 2016 Chessington Community College achieved their best ever GCSE results,[11] with 67% of children achieving Grade C or better,[10] 7.7% above the England average.[10]

GCSE results 2015[edit]

In 2015 Chessington Community College achieved the following GCSE results

  • 50% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grade C or above including maths and English[12]
  • 94.93% of students achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A-G (91.3% incl EM)[12]
  • 97.83% of students achieved 1 or more GCSEs at grades A-G[12]

GCSE results 2014[edit]

In 2014 63 per cent of Chessington Community College pupils had achieved five A*-C grades.[13]



In September 2015 Mr Ash Ali was appointed to the role of Headteacher promising to continue growth of community pride.[14]

  • September 2015 to present – Mr Ash Ali
  • September 2009[3] to September 2015[14] – Mr Rob Niedermaier-Reed
  • September 2002 to September 2009 – Mr. D. Kemp[3]
  • 1997 to September 2002 – Mr. J.P. Allen[3]
  • September 1989 to 1997 – Mr. J. P. Hayes[3]


The school has achieved sports college status which means the college is a benchmark for the provision sports teaching in the borough, the school often leads and hosts sporting event from Football competition to Netball competitions, the status also means the school gets more fundings for their sports facilities.

The college is part of the Socrates Comenius Project, Comenius seeks to develop knowledge and understanding among young people and educational staff of the diversity of European cultures, languages and values. It helps young people acquire the basic life skills and competences necessary for their personal development, for future employment and for active citizenship.

The building[edit]

Chessington Community College – New Building post 2009
Chessington Community College – New Building post 2009

In 2006, Chessington Community College became a Building Schools for the Future Pathfinder School and received a £27m grant for a complete rebuild of the school.[3] The new building was designed by IID Architects[15] and was designed with energy efficiency in mind and includes MVHR (Mechanical Ventilation with Heat Recovery),[15] a biomass boiler,[15] photovoltaic panels[16] and rain water harvesting.[16] The building won the prestigious Community Benefit Award at the 2010 RICS Awards London. The construction of the school was project managed by Tuffin Ferraby Taylor.[16]

The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating due to the energy efficient design.[16]

Due to the architectural significance and design of Chessington Community College the building features in the Getty Image library.[17] [1]

The building was officially opened in September 2009.[18]

Chessington Community College Pre 2009
Chessington Community College Pre 2009

Chessington Sports Centre[edit]

Chessington Sports Centre has a large multi purpose sports hall which can be used for badminton, volleyball, 5-aside football (floodlit astro-turf), basketball, netball (floodlit), cricket, martial arts, trampolining, gymnastics, climbing etc.


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