Henry Mellish School and Specialist Sports College

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The Henry Mellish School & Sports College
Motto Tenax Propositi (Firm of purpose)
Established 1929
Closed 6 June 2009 (6 years ago: to become The new Bulwell Academy)
Type Secondary
Headteacher Tony Bond (acting)
Chair R. Ogier
Location Highbury Road
Bulwell, Nottingham
52°59′36″N 1°11′18″W / 52.9934°N 1.1882°W / 52.9934; -1.1882Coordinates: 52°59′36″N 1°11′18″W / 52.9934°N 1.1882°W / 52.9934; -1.1882
Local authority City of Nottingham
DfE URN 122878 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 539
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours Black and gold
Publication Mellish Mercury

Henry Mellish School and Specialist Sports College was a small, non-denominational secondary school in Bulwell, Nottingham, England, situated in an area of high social deprivation.


Early history[edit]

The school was founded as a boys' grammar school in 1929 - the Henry Mellish Grammar School, and named after Eton-educated Henry Mellish, a British Army colonel and local councilor, who died two years prior to the opening. The school was sited near the Highbury Vale tram stop and opposite the Highbury Hospital on Highbury Road (B682).

School specifics[edit]

Towards the end of its lifespan the subjects taught at the school were:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Geography
  • Textiles
  • Art
  • ICT
  • PE
  • Workshop

Closure in 2009[edit]

The school was closed on 6 June 2009 in preparation for the opening of The Bulwell Academy. This merged the school with the other major educational institute in the local area, River Leen (formerly Alderman Derbyshire). Originally the merge of these two school was deemed unthinkable by local residents due to the overwhelming rivalry between the two schools.

Former Head Teacher, Mr. Graham Roberts has notably gone on to also be the head of the merged Bulwell Academy.

The close of the school came a shock to many current and former students, being one of the fastest improving schools in the city. Improvements such as the relatively new refurbished community sports college in which lessons would often take place.

During the transition into the new Academy building, both of the yet unclosed school took temporary new names. Henry Mellish being chiefly renamed "Bulwell Academy Highbury".

Academic performance[edit]

Henry Mellish School was judged to require special measures in 2005, but had since vastly improved - the school gained its specialist sports college status with information and communication technology (ICT) as a second specialism in March 2005. The schools GCSE results had improved dramatically over the previous six years, going from 13% of students achieving 5 A*-C grades in 2003 up to 65% in 2008 which made the school the 5th highest achieving secondary school in the city of Nottingham at the time.


As Henry Mellish Grammar School[edit]

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