John O'Gaunt School

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John O'Gaunt School
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School Logo used since 2012
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Photo of school showing Kennet Block and Entrance/Offices
Established January 1963
Type Comprehensive
Headteacher Mr Alan Henderson
Chair of Governors Mr John Adey
Location Priory Road
RG17 0AN
England England
51°24′17″N 1°30′52″W / 51.4048°N 1.5144°W / 51.4048; -1.5144Coordinates: 51°24′17″N 1°30′52″W / 51.4048°N 1.5144°W / 51.4048; -1.5144
Local authority West Berkshire
DfE URN 110050 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 395[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Avery Hall, Brunel Hall and Columbus Hall
Colours Navy, Yellow and White
Website School homepage

John O'Gaunt School is a mixed comprehensive school in Hungerford, Berkshire for students aged 11 to 18. It was Berkshire's first community school.


Opened in January 1963, the school is a fusion of 1960s decor and 1990s pre-fabricated buildings.[2] The school gained Technology College status in 2003, and was renamed John O'Gaunt Community Technology College,[2] before becoming John O'Gaunt School in 2012.

Sixth Form[edit]

In the first half of 2014, the school suspended their upcoming sixth form intake for September 2014 due to dwindling student numbers, and intended to suspend the 2015 intake and beyond. For changes to intakes of 3 or more years, West Berkshire Council were required to hold a statutory consultation, which resulted in the Sixth Form being closed from August 2016 onwards. West Berkshire Council have indicated that should demand increase for a sixth form at the school in the future, that consideration would be given to reopening the sixth form.[3]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

John O'Gaunt offers mainly sports and arts events. Students who apply for a course at Newbury College are taken by bus[citation needed].

Hungerford massacre[edit]

On 19 August 1987, the school gained notoriety as the site of the denouement of the Hungerford massacre. Michael Robert Ryan made the then-empty school the site of his final stand and suicide, having killed 16 people and injured 15 others.

Ofsted and academic performance[edit]

In its 2012 Ofsted inspection the school was judged to be "Satisfactory", although many areas required improvement.

Former Headteachers[edit]

  • Sarah Brinkley (2012–2015)[4]
  • Neil Spurdell (2009–2012)
  • Lin Bartlett (1998–2008)
  • Marcia Twelftree (1993–1997)
  • Jeff Dawkins (1990–1993)
  • Monica Darroch (1990)
  • David Lee (1986–1989)
  • Keith McClellan (1985–1986)
  • David Lee (1975–1985)
  • Norman Fox (1975)
  • Rex Chesney (1963–1974)

Notable Former Students[edit]


  1. ^ "EduBase - John O'Gaunt School". Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Dr Hugh Pihlens. "Hungerford Virtual Museum". Archived from the original on 2013-07-26. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "West Berkshire Council - [ARCHIVED] Closure of the Sixth Form at John O'Gaunt School, Hungerford (31 August 2016) - Information". Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "New John O'Gaunt School head is announced - News - Newbury Weekly News". Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  5. ^ "Call that heralded an unexpected journey for Hungerford actor - News - Newbury Weekly News". Retrieved 7 August 2016.