Dyson Perrins Church of England Academy

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Dyson Perrins CofE Academy
Motto To Love To Learn
Established founded October 27, 1956 (1956-10-27), opened 1959 (1959)
Type Voluntary aided Academy[1]
Religion Church of England

Stuart Wetson

Chair Paul Charman[1]
Founder Charles William Dyson Perrins
Location Yates Hay Road
WR14 1WD
United Kingdom
52°07′58″N 2°19′45″W / 52.132856°N 2.32908°W / 52.132856; -2.32908Coordinates: 52°07′58″N 2°19′45″W / 52.132856°N 2.32908°W / 52.132856; -2.32908
Local authority Worcestershire County Council
DfE number 885/4801
DfE URN 137186 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 657 as of January 2015 [1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Website www.dysonperrins.worcs.sch.uk

Dyson Perrins CofE Academy, (formerly Dyson Perrins CofE Sports College, and previously, Dyson Perrins High School) is a co-educational secondary school with academy status in Malvern, Worcestershire, England. It is named after its benefactor Charles William Dyson Perrins, heir to the Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce company. The school was awarded Specialist Sports College status in 2008. It is located near Malvern Link, a northern suburb of the town of Malvern, Worcestershire.

The Learning Centre is a purpose built unit where the school provides specialist individual and group support by fully trained staff for students at any time in their school career. Among its many buildings and facilities, the school campus includes a dedicated Sixth Form private study and conference room, three Music Practice Rooms provide facilities for learning to play instruments, including a state-of-the-art drum booth, four IT rooms equipped with modern computers with LCD monitor technology, a sports hall and extensive sports fields.

Dyson Perrins C of E Academy, Malvern, Worcestershire


The Church of England, under the Director of Education at the Diocese of Worcester, Canon Rees-Jones, had a plan to build a secondary school in the North of Malvern. This was frustrated by the raising of the school leaving age. The increased pupil numbers required a larger school, which exceeded the amount allotted by the Diocese. Canon Bamber, of Holy Trinity Church, approached C W Dyson Perrins, who agreed to finance the actual building costs,[2] a sum of £10,000.[3]

He was present for the laying of the foundation stone in 1956, but had died before its opening. His wife, Frieda Dyson Perrins, continued her family association with the school, helping to build future extensions.[2]

The Church of England Dyson Perrins Secondary School, as it was named, was finally opened in 1959, at the time being the only secondary school in the county with a chapel incorporated into its design.[4] The first headmaster of the school was Mr Sydney Bormond. [2]


After an inspection in January 2009 by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), the school was placed in special measures.[5] Special Measures is the term applied following an Ofsted inspection when a school is failing to provide an acceptable standard of education and those in charge are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the improvements needed in the school.

According to the Ofsted report published on 12 June 2009[6] it was given an overall grade of 4 out of grades 1 - 4. In 2008, Year 11 students' inadequate progress from their starting points in Year 7 resulted in below average standards in GCSE examinations. In a significant number of examination courses, students' progress was below expectation although students made satisfactory progress in music, religious education and geography,[6] and that Underachievement results from inadequate teaching and poor leadership and management.[6] Standards have fallen since the previous inspection and many students are making inadequate progress as they move up through the school.[6] Students enter the school with standards which are average.[6] The report continues by stating that the sixth form provision is satisfactory (Grade 3).[6] and its standards have been at the national average for a period of years. Achievement of the 6th form has also been satisfactory since the previous inspection, while in some of its Advanced level 2 subjects, achievement has been good.[6]

An inspection in January 2015[7] by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), found the school to be 'Good'. The full report found the headteacher to have created a strong team of academy leaders. It found the curriculum to meet the needs and interests of pupils and to contribute strongly to their moral, social and spiritual understanding. Students were found to be well behaved, and to feel safe and valued. A positive climate for learning was found to be enriched by the courteous and respectful relationships between staff and students.Teaching was found to be good, and lessons well structured, with a very positive working atmosphere in classrooms. Standards were found to have improved strongly in the previous 12 months. Students were found to say that they wanted to be in school to learn, improving attendance considerably. [1]


The school is split into four buildings or 'blocks' in which different subjects are taught. The first block (referred to as 'A block') is the oldest block in the school. This block is split into two parts: one containing some technology classrooms and workshops, and the other containing a variety of rooms including the main hall, reception, learning support centre, library and some generic classrooms. 'A block' also houses the Able Autism Base, a section of the school dedicated to supporting and including students with Asperger's Syndrome and High Functioning Autism, and two dedicated ICT rooms, each equipped with a Smartboard, around 32 computers.

'B block' houses Mathematics and Science. There are 13 science laboratories B block, however two of them have been converted to be used as additional music rooms and as such are no longer used as laboratories.

'C block' is designated as the Performing Arts block, and as such the music, dance and drama rooms are housed here. There are also three small recording studios which can feed sound through to the main music room. This block also houses the sixth form centre and Geography.

'D block' holds the citizenship, PE, RE, PSHE, and languages classrooms. This is one of the older blocks and as such does not have the same modern equipment as the other blocks in the school, (some don't have smartboards but all have projectors). However in 2014 D block and B block had massive refurbishments done, providing every room with a smart board, new lighting, floors and roof; this block is rather small, the rooms are generally used for more than one subject.


  • Sydney Bormond 1959 to 1977[8]
  • William 'Bill' Lucas 1977 to 1993[8]
  • Peter Buchanan 1993 to 2005[9]
  • David Griffin 2005 to 2014[9]
  • Stuart Wetson 2014 - [10]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Other Malvern area secondary schools[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Dyson Perrins CofE High School, Office for Standards in Education.
  2. ^ a b c Holy Trinity Malvern: The Story of a Parish. The Parish of the Holy Trinity, Great Malvern. 1988. p. 42. 
  3. ^ Smith, Brian (1964). A History of Malvern. Alan Sutton & The Malvern Bookshop. p. 254. ISBN 0-904387-31-3. 
  4. ^ Smith, Brian (1964). A History of Malvern. Alan Sutton & The Malvern Bookshop. p. 261. ISBN 0-904387-31-3. 
  5. ^ a b "Jacqui Smith's school placed into special measures". The Daily Telegraph. 2009-01-30. Retrieved 2009-03-26. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Ofsted report 116995-326514
  7. ^ Ofsted report 137186-453417
  8. ^ a b "Worcester News". malverngazette.co.uk. Newsquest. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  9. ^ a b "Malvern Gazette". malverngazette.co.uk. Newsquest. 29 April 2005. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  10. ^ "Malvern Gazette". malverngazette.co.uk. Newsquest. 29 January 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  11. ^ Minister visits high school Archived June 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine., This is Worcestershire, 8 June 2001. Retrieved on 2008-06-13.
  12. ^ [1].

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