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|Motto||"Committed to Excellence"|
|Department for Education URN||137005 Tables|
|Chair of the Governors||Dr J. Oppenheimer|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||St. John's, Rosa Bassett, Ensham, Furzedown, Battersea|
|Colour(s)||Black, gold and blue|
|Heads of House||St John's - Mr P McCrudden Furzedown - Ms J Howe Browne Rosa Bassett - Mr J Kearney Ensham - Mr A Shackleton Battersea - Ms R Fisher|
Graveney School is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status in the Furzedown area of Tooting, southwest London, England. The school has a partially selective admissions policy. At the beginning of 2015 Graveney was assessed in an Ofsted inspection report as outstanding.
Whilst Graveney School can trace its origins back to a school founded in the late 1660s by Sir Walter St John, 3rd Baronet, in Battersea, the modern Graveney was established in 1986 as an amalgamation of Ensham School (for girls) and Furzedown Secondary School (mixed). Furzedown was itself formed in 1977 as an amalgamation of Battersea Grammar School (for boys) and Rosa Bassett School (for girls).
Created as a standard comprehensive school under the control of the local education authority (initially the ILEA, later Wandsworth), a significant change occurred in 1991 when Graveney became a grant-maintained school, giving far greater control to the school governors. Following the changes resulting from the School Standards and Framework Act 1998, which abolished grant-maintained status, the school preserved a degree of independence by electing to become a foundation school.
The school achieved Technology College status in 1995 and also moved to a partially selective admissions policy in September of that year. From the introduction of selection the school was permitted to choose up to 50% of pupils by ability, however this was reduced to 25% in 2000, increased to 30% in 2001 and reduced back to 25% in 2004, where it remains in 2008. Graveney School converted to become an academy on 1 August 2011.
Years 7 to 11
When students begin their life at Graveney in Year 7, they are placed into sets depending on their Year 6 SATs. Students can either be put into Extension (3 classes), Upper (3 classes), Middle (2 classes), or Support (1 class). Students are often moved across sets depending on their ability. The workload is slightly higher in Upper than in Middle and higher still in extension. Students in the Support class receive personal mentoring by the school, with their tutor often being a member of the special needs department.
Years 7 to 9
Upper, Extension and middle study one Modern Foreign Language. These could either be French or Spanish. From Year 8 onwards, there is an opportunity to do twilight classes, which means on top of the language you already do, if you'd like to, you can choose another language e.g. German, or French and Spanish (if you do not already do these).
Years 10 to 11
After Christmas of year 9, usually February or March, students pick their GCSE options. English Language and Literature, Maths, Science, PE, and a Modern Foreign Language are compulsory for the two years. Up to three additional subjects are usually chosen, with the option to do 'Twilight' Drama, or Astronomy as an extra out of school GCSE.
With regards to Science, the majority of students do the Triple Science award - a GCSE for Biology, Chemistry and Physics, whereas some do the combined science award. There are a number of students who instead do BTEC Science.
The results of the Year 9 exams determine what sets the students will be in.
The Sixth Form
Graveney School also has a large sixth form college (the largest single site in the country), offering a wide range of subjects to study at A-level. The sixth form is open for application to both internal students (students that studied at Graveney School), and external candidates (students that received their secondary education elsewhere).
The sixth form offers a range of subjects that were not available to take at GCSE level, such as Archaeology, Critical Thinking, Film Studies, Government & Politics, Further Mathematics, Philosophy, Photography and Psychology, though some of these subjects will only run if a substantial number of students apply to it. Students can also retake GCSEs, or follow Open University enrichment courses. The sixth form has minimum entry requirements of 5 A*-Cs at GCSE level for internal students, and 7 A*-Cs for external applicants. For a student to graduate from year 12 to year 13, they must have attained minimum grades of two Es at AS level.
The sixth form does not have a uniform policy, however students must wear their ID card visibly at all times.
Site and buildings
Graveney initially operated on both the former Furzedown and Ensham sites, however the Ensham building was soon closed and the school now occupies what was Furzedown Secondary School on either side of Welham Road in Tooting, south west London.
The part of the site on the southern side of Welham Road is the former Rosa Bassett School, the main building of which was opened in 1913. The larger area to the north of the road is the former Furzedown Training College (a teacher training college), which was opened in 1915. The buildings surround a tree-lined campus and include Furzedown House, a Grade II-listed Georgian house, built in 1794.
The other buildings include: Red House, College House, Lower School, Upper Science, Lower Science, Atkins Technology Centre, the Tech block, an independent study centre, a sports hall and a multigym.
Each building is dedicated to two or more subjects.
- Red House - English, Economics and Business Studies, Media Studies, Film Studies, and Drama
- Furzedown House - Art, Music, Drama and English
- Theatre - Drama and English
- College House - Maths, Geography, IT, Sports Studies, Citizenship and PSHE
- Lower School - Languages, History, Religious Studies, IT, Sociology, Archaeology, Critical Thinking, Philosophy, PSHE, Citizenship and Government & Politics
- Lower Science - Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Upper Science - Biology, Chemistry and Physics
- Atkins Technology Centre - Electronics, Resistant Materials and Graphics
- Technology Block - Food, Textiles and Media Studies
- Sixth Form Study Centre - Study area for Sixth Form students only which doubles as an assembly hall
- Bradford House - Psychology, Sociology, Maths for Sixth Form students only
- Sports Hall - Sports Studies and PE
- Multigym - Sports Studies and PE
On the north side of Welham Road, there is also a recreation area which is owned by Wandsworth Council but used by Graveney during school hours for Sports Studies and PE lessons. The area consists of a small running track, an astro turf pitch, 2 tennis courts which can be converted into another pitch and a cricket area.
Headteachers and principals
- 1986–1989 John A. Phillips, BA (Oxon)
- 1989– Graham Stapleton, MA (Cantab) (now principal)
John Phillips had been headmaster of both Battersea Grammar and Furzedown Secondary Schools prior to his appointment at Graveney.
Graveney now has a separate principal and headteacher (first vice-principal); the most recent headteacher was Keith Barbrook, who left in 2017.
Graveney's traditional three houses wre St. John's, Rosa Basset and Ensham. However, after the Summer of 2018, two new houses have been added: Furzedown and Battersea.
- St. John's (pronounced "Sinjun's") – named after Sir Walter St John, 3rd Baronet, who founded the school that became Battersea Grammar School; the house emblem, a gold falcon, is derived from the crest on Sir Walter's coat of arms. Motto: Gloria Brevis, Honor Longus.
- Rosa Bassett – named after Rosa Bassett, the first headmistress of County Secondary School Streatham, which became Rosa Bassett School. The house's motto, Honesta Obtinete, and the scarlet pimpernel emblem are both taken from those of Rosa Bassett School.
- Ensham – named after Ensham school. Motto: Per Ardua Ad Alta.
Years 7 to 9 consist of ten forms, whilst years 10 and 11 consist of nine forms. The forms break down into: 3/4 extension band forms, 3 upper band forms, 2 middle band forms and 1 support form.
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