Elmgreen School

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Elmgreen School
Motto We look after ourselves, We look after each other, We look after our school, We look after our community.
Established 2007
Type Voluntary controlled school

Dominic Bergin

Founder Parent Promoters Foundation
Location Elmcourt Road
Tulse Hill/West Norwood
SE27 9BZ
51°26′20″N 0°06′10″W / 51.4388°N 0.1028°W / 51.4388; -0.1028Coordinates: 51°26′20″N 0°06′10″W / 51.4388°N 0.1028°W / 51.4388; -0.1028
Local authority Lambeth
DfE URN 129649 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1200
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Szabo, Besant, James, Wilberforce
Colours Green
Website www.the-elmgreen-school.org.uk

The Elmgreen School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form located in the West Norwood area of the London Borough of Lambeth, England. It was the first Parent Promoted secondary school to be created in the UK under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.


The school was created to address a major shortfall in the number of secondary school places in the London Borough of Lambeth. Following a public consultation in October 2003, a group of 40 parents formed The Parent Promoters Foundation (PPF). Working in partnership with Lambeth Local Authority, the PPF successfully campaigned to raise the necessary £25 million funding via the Building Schools for the Future programme.

The PPF worked with DfES ministers, educationalist's and the local authority to write the formal proposals and design the ethos for the school. Formal approval by the Schools Organisation Committee was given in July 2005 to establish a mixed non-denominational school for 1100 students to open in September 2007.

A unique Governing Body which has a parental majority was formed in October 2005, and they appointed Asma Mansuri as the first headteacher of The Elmgreen School in February 2006. The first year intake of 180 students spent two years in an Ellis Williams Architects-redesigned Victorian primary school in Gipsy Road, West Norwood which was originally built for the 1875 establishment of a London School Board school[2] known as Gipsy Road School. The buildings on Gipsy Road were originally designed to hold a large number of pupils (up to 1000).[2] However, this was pushed to the limits when in 1958 Norwood School for Girls was established as a secondary school for girls aged between 11 and 16 by the London County Council[3] and housed on the same site. Norwood School for Girls began moving to a new site in 1971,[4] and the site was eventually completely taken over by a school for younger pupils once again, which would for many years be known as Norwood Park Primary School. This school was closed in 2002 due to falling numbers and the site was then used as the temporary home for Crown Lane Primary School whilst that school's buildings were rebuilt. When Crown Lane Primary School moved back to Crown Lane the buildings became vacant, ready for the redevelopment to prepare them for The Elmgreen School's occupancy. With the relocation of The Elmgreen School to its permanent site in 2009, Gipsy Road became part of the Kingswood School Foundation.

The Elmgreen School is now in its eighth year of opening, and has its full cohort of 1100 pupils. In 2012 the school's first set of GCSE results showed 58% 5 A*–C, in 2013 67% 5 A*–C, and in 2014 experienced a surprising drop in results to 41% 5 A*–C. In Feb 2014 the school was rated by Ofsted as 'Good with Outstanding Features'.

In July 2010 former Elmgreen Deputy Head John Wilkinson was appointed as Headteacher. To mark the immense contribution first Headteacher Ms Mansuri made to the formation of the school, the library and learning resource centre was renamed 'The Mansuri Library' in her honour. John Wilkinson left the school in April 2014 to take over at Teddington School, and Dominic Bergin (formerly the Deputy Headteacher at Chestnut Grove School) was appointed as Headteacher.


Working with local community, primary school children and The Sorrell Foundation, the PPF carried out extensive consultation on the architectural brief for the new school, and following a closed competition the architects Scott Brownrigg and David Adjaye Associates were selected to design the school. Construction began in February 2008 by Carillion and was completed in September 2009. The location is on Elmcourt Road in West Norwood on a site formerly occupied by the Elm Court School, a school for Special Educational Needs.

Elm Court School moved to the redeveloped Strand Centre (the buildings of the former Strand School) on Elm Park in Tulse Hill. Thus, Elmgreen School is located on Elmcourt Road whilst Elm Court School is located on Elm Park.[5]


  1. ^ http://www.the-elmgreen-school.org.uk
  2. ^ a b 1895 Kelly's London County Suburbs Directory (Southern Suburbs)
  3. ^ London County Council, (1962), Secondary Schools in Bermondsey, Lambeth and Southwark, Division 8, page 13
  4. ^ Jean Lawrence, Margaret Tucker, Mary Scott, George Varnava, (1988), Norwood Was a Difficult School: A Case Study of Education Change, page 114, Nelson Thornes (Publishers) Ltd
  5. ^ Lambeth Planning Applications Committee, Case 06/02778/RG3 The Strand Centre, (2006), (Lambeth Planning)

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