Humphry Davy School
Humphry Davy School Logo
|Headteacher||Mr W. Marshall|
|Chair of Governors||Mrs K. Uren|
|Local authority||Cornwall Council|
|DfE URN||112067 Tables|
|Houses||Grenville, Trevithick, Trelawny and Godolphin|
|Colours||(in corresponding order) Green, Blue, Yellow, Red|
Humphry Davy School is a comprehensive school in Penzance, Cornwall, England. The school teaches 11- to 16-year-olds. Humphry Davy school is located just outside Penzance town centre on Coombe Road, and backs onto Penwith College. Whom they share a 3G sports pitch with.
The oldest part of the main school building was completed in 1909. It was originally called the Penzance County School and opened with an enrolment of 130 boys on 24 January 1910. It later became known as the Humphry Davy Grammar School for Boys until 1980 when it became a co-educational comprehensive school with the name Humphry Davy School.
Much of the beauty of the original building has been preserved and, in the summer of 2013, the school received funding worth over £300,000 which was invested in renovations that saw each of the sash windows replaced with handmade modern versions that have sympathetically enhanced the historic building and increased its energy efficiency.
Princess Anne visited the school on 22 January 1999 to open the 'Chynoweth' block and took time to tour the newly built maths rooms, science labs, drama hall and specially designed art studios.
In 2006 a group of students from the school became one of the first of their age group to cycle from Land's End to John O'Groats. Students from the school also won an MTV award when a video they created was shown on MTV accompanying musician Tom Baxter's hit song 'Better'.
In the Summer Olympics of 2012 Humphry Davy School celebrated the rowing victory of alumna Helen Glover MBE. A victory parade was organised to mark the occasion and many local people attended.
In 2013 the school received paints and brushes from Dulux as part of their Let's Colour initiative which saw students and staff volunteer their time to help paint colourful panels and a mural by local artist Mat McIvor on to the Citizenship and Personal Development building. In the same year, The Science Club won £3000 worth of Lego engineering equipment for the school by entering a short stop-motion film and application letter.
Notable former pupils
- Helen Glover (rower), Olympic gold medal and World Champion rower 
- Thandie Newton, BAFTA award winning actress, model
- Sam Palladio, actor, musician
- Tom Welham, lead guitarist of Thirteen Senses
- Kevin Stanton, Technical engineer
Humphry Davy Grammar School for Boys
- Francis Foster Barham, religious writer known as the 'Alist'
- David Collins CBE, Chief Executive since 2009 of the Learning and Skills Improvement Service, and president from 2008–09 of the Association of Colleges
- Michael Grandage, theatre director, Tony Award winner
- Mike Lake CBE, Director General of the English-Speaking Union, 2009–11, chief executive of Help the Aged
- Colin Lyne, President from 1994–95 of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply, and Chairman from 2000–02 of the European Council of Purchasing and Supply
- Richard Pentreath, Research Professor, Environmental Systems Science Centre from 2000–07 at the University of Reading, and Chief Scientist from 1995–2000 at the Environment Agency and from 1989–95 at the National Rivers Authority
- John Pollard, former student, former Deputy Head and now Councillor for Hayle North and leader of Cornwall Council
- Quinton Quayle, Ambassador to Thailand since 2007, and to Romania from 2002–06
- Rick Rescorla, whose bravery during the 9/11 attack saved hundreds of lives at the cost of his own
- Jack Richards, Surrey and England cricketer
- Ernest Trevor Spashett ARIBA, architect of Church Army Chapel, Blackheath; also designed St Ives Town Hall under supervision, when an apprentice at the age of 16 years. For the Ministry of Works circa 1947, he restored Clarence House as royal residence, Osterley House as RAF convalescent home, and the great rose window of Alexandra Palace following air-raid damage.
- Batten, Ben; James, Lawrence, Three Score Years and Ten - A History of The Penzance County School and The Humphry Davy Grammar School 1910-1980
- "Olympic gold rower Helen Glover's 'phenomenal talent'". BBC. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
- "Issue 11 (2006)". Oldpenwithians.co.uk. 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
- Mike Lake
- "Issue 9 (2004)". Oldpenwithians.co.uk. 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2013-01-12.
- "Lyne raises the bar with civil service promotion | Official CIPS Magazine – Supply Management". Supplymanagement.com. 2003-01-08. Retrieved 2013-01-12.