Coombe Boys' School

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Coombe Boys' School
Motto "Preparing you for a World of Opportunities"
Established 1931
Type Academy
Religion Multi-faith
Executive Headteacher Deborah Walls[1]
Headteacher David Smith
Chair Marion Webb
Location College Gardens
Blake's Lane

New Malden
51°23′39″N 0°14′57″W / 51.394258°N 0.249096°W / 51.394258; -0.249096Coordinates: 51°23′39″N 0°14′57″W / 51.394258°N 0.249096°W / 51.394258; -0.249096
DfE URN 137859 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff approx. 50
Students 754[1]
Gender Male
Ages 11–16 (Up to 18 in sixth-Form)
Houses Stephenson, Shaftesbury, Faraday, Burns, Wilberforce, Brunel
Publication The Coombe Chronicle

Coombe Boys' School is a secondary school located in the New Malden area of the Royal Borough of Kingston, England. It was known as 'Beverley Boys' until federating with Coombe Girls' School.

The executive headteacher is Deborah Walls.[2] The headteacher since September 2015 is David Smith.

Coombe Boys' School celebrated its 80th anniversary in the 2010–11 school year.

The school underwent a £7m improvement programme around 2008/9, including a new arts and technology building and a new assembly hall and canteen.[3]

Coombe Boys has a standard intake of 180 students per year.

The school has links with King's College School, a local independent school, through a leading edge partnership. [4]

An old boy of the school, Pilot Off Cyril Barton, was awarded the Victoria Cross after completing a fatal bombing mission, despite his plane being severely crippled and ablaze following an attack by a German fighter. He made it back across the channel, but Plt Off Barton died after being forced to crash land - although his selfless actions had saved the remaining members of his crew.[1]

Coombe Federation[edit]

The school federated with Coombe Girls’ School in 2006 to form the Coombe Secondary Schools Federation. The schools have the same governing body and executive headteacher and converted to academy status in February 2012.[4]

The Coombe Boys’ School sixth form is a joint sixth form with Coombe Girls’ School.


The school was inspected by OFSTED in December 2013. The overall inspection rating for Coombe Boys’ School was ‘Good’.  More specifically, it was rated ‘Outstanding’ for Leadership and Management and ‘Good’ in ‘Achievement of Pupils’, the ‘Quality of Teaching’ and the ‘Behaviour and Safety of Pupils’.[5]


In 2015 Tatler magazine gave the school a strong recommendation in its article "The Tatler State Schools Guide 2015: Secondary Schools".[6]

Attendance record[edit]

Two of the four top-achievers, in terms of attendance, in Kingston upon Thames, attend Coombe Boys' School; Ryan Arnold, and Alex Mackie, having received the Kingston upon Thames 100% Attendance Mayor's Award six years in a row.[7][8]

House system[edit]

Since September 2016, 1 house was removed from the house system for unknown reasons. There has not been any official document speaking about the reasoning behind this, although it is suggested that houses were removed to help sort out pupils easier.;

House House Colour

In January 2012, Coombe Boys' School changed its house system and now has 6 houses. The names chosen from a contest ran by the school, the winner of the recent house competition was Zachary Wolff. House names are originated by famous historians from United Kingdom. The houses are;

House House Colour

However, for the 80 years ended January 2012, there were 4 houses:

House House Colour

From 5 September 2012, Tutor groups' names were changed from the Tutors' initials to the House names Including the school year.


  1. ^ a b "Coombe Boys' School – Inspection Report". Ofsted. 25 November 2008. Retrieved 2009-11-30. 
  2. ^ DW letter Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Coombe Boys' School honours VC holder and ex-pupil". Your Local Guardian. Retrieved 2016-10-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Coombe Boys' School review | School Guide". Retrieved 2016-10-29. 
  5. ^ "Coombe Boys School Website". 
  6. ^ "The Tatler State Schools Guide 2015: Secondary schools". Tatler. Retrieved 2016-10-29. 
  7. ^ News Archive Archived 18 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine.
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