The Grange School, Aylesbury

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The Grange School
Wendover Way

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HP21 7NH

Coordinates51°48′33″N 0°47′57″W / 51.80916°N 0.79910°W / 51.80916; -0.79910Coordinates: 51°48′33″N 0°47′57″W / 51.80916°N 0.79910°W / 51.80916; -0.79910
TypeFoundation secondary school
Local authorityBuckinghamshire
Department for Education URN110488 Tables
HeadteacherVincent Thomas Murray
Age11 to 18

The Grange School is a co-educational secondary school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.

It is a foundation school, which takes children from the age of 11 through to the age of 18. The school has approximately 1250 pupils.[3]

In 1959 the school was visited by the Duchess of Kent in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Mother's Clubs in Buckinghamshire.[4] The school is also notable as the location where the jury retired to consider their verdict in the Great Train Robbery case in 1963. They used the room that is now the main office of the youth centre on the school site.[5]

Notable former pupils include Ellen White,[6] Brendan Carr,[7] John Otway,[8] Iain Rogerson,[citation needed] Matt Phillips,[9] and Robert Hall.[10][11]

A more notorious former pupil is Samantha Louise Lewthwaite, also known as Sherafiyah Lewthwaite or the White Widow, who has been implicated in terrorist activity, linked to Somali Islamist group al-Shabab and currently wanted by Interpol.[12]

The Grange is a member of the Aylesbury Vale Leading Edge Partnership which also includes Aylesbury Vale Academy and Waddesdon Church of England School.[13]

The uniform at Grange for KS3 is a black blazer with the school logo, sky blue button up shirt with no logo, smart black trousers or knee length quilt skirt and smart black shoes. They also wear yellow and black striped ties.[14]

KS4 students wear a quilt skirt or black trousers with a white button up shirt and black blazer with a tie.

Sixth form students wear clothing suitable for office wear - suits for boys and smart clothing for girls.

Before the current headmaster Vince Murray was appointed, the school underwent several years of temporary headmasters/mistresses due to the leaving of the school's long serving headmaster, Alan Silver, who had to leave his position due to deterioration of health.

As of 2008 the Grange achieved healthy school status as the canteen within the school serves a wide variety of healthy and nutritious foods and drinks.

The school has extensive facilities including a Mathematics Department, English Department, Science Department, ICT suites, Technology Department, Performing Arts Department, Humanities Department (Religious Studies, Geography and History), Practical Arts Department, Fitness Suite, Sports Hall, Main Hall, canteen, Sixth Form common rooms, all-weather pitch, Language Department, Business Department, Support for Learning Department, Health & Social Department, physical education classrooms and a Music Department with practise rooms.

In early 2009 the Grange was awarded Business and Enterprise status and underwent refurbishment in areas of the school, funded by the Business & Enterprise grant.


  1. ^ Lambert, Tim. "A Brief History of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire". Local Histories. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  2. ^ "URN 110488 The Grange School". Edubase/DfE. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  3. ^ "The Grange School". The Good Schools Guide. Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2010.
  4. ^ The Bucks Herald (2001) Memory Lane Aylesbury: The Post-War Years. Derby: Breedon Books
  5. ^ Hodson, Tom (3 May 2007). "The crime of the century". The Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser.
  6. ^ "Ellen scores an England success". The Bucks Herald. Johnston Publishing. 10 November 2005. Retrieved 12 May 2012.
  7. ^ "Interview with Brendan Carr". Retrieved 4 August 2008.
  8. ^ Chalmers, Robert (20 August 2006). "John Otway: The world is not enough". The Independent on Sunday.
  9. ^ "Phillips tipped to be next £50m superstar". The Bucks Herald. Retrieved 20 May 2011.
  10. ^ "Grange pupil Hall gets another England call". The Bucks Herald. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 4 February 2012.
  11. ^ "Hazel Blacher musician extraordinaire on Soundcloud".
  12. ^ Profile: Samantha Lewthwaite - BBC News
  13. ^ "The Standards Site: What is the Leading Edge Partnership programme?". DfES. Archived from the original on 18 July 2006. Retrieved 29 September 2006.
  14. ^ "School Uniform". The Grange School. Archived from the original on 30 December 2009. Retrieved 1 August 2010.

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