Howard of Effingham School

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Howard of Effingham School
Howard of Effingham School.jpg
Lower Road

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KT24 5JR

Coordinates51°16′24″N 0°23′43″W / 51.2732°N 0.3953°W / 51.2732; -0.3953Coordinates: 51°16′24″N 0°23′43″W / 51.2732°N 0.3953°W / 51.2732; -0.3953
MottoBringing Out The Best
Local authoritySurrey
Department for Education URN136833 Tables
Chair of GovernorsMark Swyny
Head of schoolHelen Pennington
Executive HeadRhona Barnfield
Age11 to 18
HousesCromwell     , Howard     , Raleigh     , Sheridan     
Colour(s)Black      & White     

The Howard of Effingham School is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status. It is located in the village of Effingham, Surrey, to the west of Little Bookham. The school is part of the Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) a Multi-Academy Trust which includes four secondary and five primary schools.

The school is named after Charles Howard the second Baron Howard of Effingham of the Howard Family who was commander of the English forces during the battles against the Spanish Armada in 1588 and was chiefly responsible after Francis Drake for the victory that saved England from invasion by the Spanish Empire.

The Howard Partnership Trust is currently led by Rhona Barnfield CBE and the school's head teacher is Helen Pennington. The school is currently judged to be Outstanding by Ofsted.


The school first opened in 1940 and over the years has expanded to include: a community sports centre, a purpose-built sixth form block and new specialist science facilities which were built after the school was designated as a science college. The school was originally built for 240 pupils but this has now increased to around 1500.

The school converted to Academy status in 2012 and is now part of the Howard Partnership Trust (THPT). The trust includes three other Surrey secondary schools; Thomas Knyvett College, Oxted School, and Three Rivers Academy and four primary schools; Kenyngton Manor Primary School, Cuddington Community Primary School, Eastwick Infant and Eastwick Junior Schools, St Lawrence Primary School and The Howard Nursery School [1]

Curriculum and academic performance[edit]

The school curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and the school has achieved notable academic success.[2][3] In 2015 the school was the 30th most successful comprehensive school in the country for GSCE results according to The Daily Telegraph.[4] The school's most recent Ofsted inspection in 2009 found that the school was 'Outstanding' overall with the following breakdown;

  • Overall effectiveness - Outstanding
  • Achievement and standards - Outstanding
  • Personal development and well-being - Outstanding
  • The quality of provision - Outstanding for 16-19. Good for whole school
  • Leadership & management - Outstanding [5][6]

House system[edit]

There is a well established House system. All students are allocated to one of the four houses when they start at the school.

The houses are all named after historical figures with local links;


The school has a long history of sporting activity and has achieved some notable successes particularly in Rugby Union and, unusually for a school in Surrey, in Rugby league

On 5 May 2012, Howard of Effingham's year 8 boys Rugby Union team won the Daily Telegraph Emerging Schools National Tournament. They played at the half time interval between the Army and Navy at Twickenham Rugby Stadium where they ran out easy winners and claimed the best year 8 schools rugby team 2012.[9]

In August 2012, Howard of Effingham's Year 7 boys Rugby League team made history by becoming the first team from the south of England to win the Carnegie Champion Schools competition. They beat Castleford Academy 24-22.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Schools". The Howard Partnership Trust.
  2. ^ "A level results: Schools in Guildford and Waverley delighted with 'ambitious and determined' students". Get Surrey. 19 August 2016.
  3. ^ "GCSE results by school: Outstanding grades celebrated in Guildford, Godalming, Cranleigh and Mole Valley". Get Surrey. 25 August 2016.
  4. ^ "GCSE results 2015: state school results". The Daily Telegraph.
  5. ^ "Howard of Effingham School : URN 136883". Ofsted.
  6. ^ "Howard Ofsted report 2009" (PDF). Howard of Effingham School.
  7. ^ "Two churches, one delicate question: Who has the head of Sir Walter Raleigh?". The Baltimore Sun. 3 April 1993.
  8. ^ "Polesden Lacey". About Britain.
  9. ^ Howard of Effingham rugby players win young sports team of the year award | This is Surrey
  10. ^ Howard of Effingham break Rugby League barrier - Get Surrey
  11. ^ Tom Felton on IMDb

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