Icknield High School

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Icknield High School
Type Academy
Headteacher Chris Dean
Location Riddy Lane
Coordinates: 51°54′28″N 0°25′40″W / 51.90785°N 0.42791°W / 51.90785; -0.42791
DfE number 821/5407
DfE URN 137679 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 125
Students 1458
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website www.icknield.beds.sch.uk

Icknield High School is a state funded, non-denominational secondary academy school catering for pupils aged between 11 and 16 in Luton, Bedfordshire. Located near the A6 on Riddy Lane, the school is considered to be one of the best in Luton, with top results in KS3 and GCSE.[1] The headteacher is Mr Chris Dean.


The school has a specialism in Art . There are 19 courses on offer at GCSE level with seven different art qualifications. These are:

  • 3D Sculpture
  • Digital Imaging [Photography]
  • Textiles
  • General Art & Design
  • Graphic Design [Graphic Communication]
  • Applied Art
  • Film [Fine art]

School Days[edit]

During 1998, Icknield High School was the subject of an ITV documentary titled School Days. The six-part series took in day-to-day activities around the school, in addition to focusing on a handful of pupils threatened with expulsion from the school.

Academy Status[edit]

It was announced in late March 2011 that the governing body at the school have taken the contentious decision to fully investigate and explore the possibility of Icknield High School converting to an academy, after much objection from parents and external bodies who felt that the school would operate better under its then current structure. The school formally gained academy status on 1 December 2011.


The five years are each represented in the school's uniform by coloured bands on the ties, as of May 2015, these are: Yellow(year 7), blue (year 8), Red (year 9), Green (Year 10) and Silver (Year 11) for years 7 through 11 respectively. The uniform also includes a blazer with an additional jumper, which is not compulsory. Prefects are given ties which include all five of these colours. The senior prefects are in turn given a band of a certain year, to whom they have to help; the bands are then sewed on to the cuffs of the blazer, ie a senior prefect selected to govern the year 8s would be given blue bands. The Head of Student Voice (school council) receives multicolour stitchings to the cuffs of the blazer, showing each year colour that belongs to the school.

Hijab controversy[edit]

In 2004, the school's policy on uniforms, which banned hijabs, came up for review by the school governors after Luton Borough Council pointed out that the ban might breach the Race Relations Act. The issue was quickly resolved and a black Hijab is now an optional item of school uniform.[2]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "BBC News, School league tables 2006, Icknield High School". BBC News. 2007-01-11. Retrieved 2010-05-05. 
  2. ^ "School reviews headscarf ban". BBC News. 2004-01-28. 

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