Enfield County School

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Enfield County School
Enfield County School 03.JPG
Motto Learning: it's at the heart of everything we do
Established 1909
Type Community school
Headteacher Pamela Rutherford
Chair of Governors Romany Joseph
Location Holly Walk
51°39′15″N 0°05′01″W / 51.654167°N 0.083611°W / 51.654167; -0.083611Coordinates: 51°39′15″N 0°05′01″W / 51.654167°N 0.083611°W / 51.654167; -0.083611
Local authority Enfield
DfE URN 102048 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1099
Gender Girls
Ages 11–18
Colours Bottle Green
Former name Enfield Chace School
Website ECS

Enfield County School is a girls' comprehensive school which was originally created as Enfield Chace School in 1967, following the amalgamation of Enfield County School, which had been a girls' grammar school, with Chace Girls School, a secondary modern school. The amalgamated school readopted the name Enfield County School in 1987.


It is situated directly in the middle of Enfield, slightly to the north of the town centre, equidistant between the two railway stations, near St Andrew's Enfield.


Former schools[edit]

The original Enfield County School had been opened in 1909, becoming Enfield County Grammar School for Girls, which had around 850 girls. It was administered by Middlesex County Council Education Committee (Borough of Enfield). Chace Girls School had been formed in 1962 as a girls' secondary modern school from the senior girls department at Lavender School. Both were well-established girls' schools, each with a long tradition of high achievement and academic excellence, according to the current Headteacher, Ms. P. Rutherford.[1]


It became the comprehensive girls' Enfield Chace School in 1967, changing to its current name in 1987. In 2005 the school was designated a specialist school for languages.

Former teachers[edit]

  • Jill Paton Walsh (nee Bliss) CBE, author (taught English from 1959-62 at the grammar school)


The buildings are a blend of solid Edwardian, post war and 1990s "design-build". The lower school in Rosemary Avenue, which was the former Chace Girls School, houses years 7, 8 and 9; at fourteen years of age students transfer to the upper school in Holly Walk (former grammar school), about a mile away in the centre of the old town of Enfield, London. After Enfield Court in Baker Street was purchased to accommodate the lower school of Enfield Grammar School in 1942, the first year pupils of the previous girls' grammar school, Enfield County School, shared it with the first year pupils of Enfield Grammar for a few years.


At first, the school motto, which was incorporated in the school badge, was Onward Ever, which had previously been the motto of the grammar school in the amalgamation. This was later changed to Learning: it's at the heart of everything we do.

Academic performance[edit]

It gets similar good GCSE results to Enfield Grammar School, the analogous boys' school. However it gets better results (above-average) at A-level, the best for comprehensive schools in the borough of Enfield.[citation needed]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Enfield County School[edit]

Enfield County Grammar School for Girls[edit]

See also[edit]

  • Chace Community School, coeducational (former boys' - Chace School) school in Enfield on Churchbury Lane
  • Enfield Grammar School, a boys' school that became comprehensive at the same time, briefly merging with Chace Boys' School


Further reading[edit]

  • Onward ever: the story of Enfield County School for Girls, 1909-1967 by Joan Hinchcliffe Hart, 1999

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