King Solomon Academy

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King Solomon Academy
Penfold Street


Coordinates51°31′19″N 0°10′08″W / 51.521922°N 0.168829°W / 51.521922; -0.168829Coordinates: 51°31′19″N 0°10′08″W / 51.521922°N 0.168829°W / 51.521922; -0.168829
Local authorityWestminster
Department for Education URN135242 Tables
ChairRon Beller
HeadteacherMax Haimendorf (Primary and Secondary)
Age3 to 18

King Solomon Academy is a non-selective, non-denominational, mixed all-through school within the English academy programme, located in Marylebone, London. It occupies the site of the former Rutherford School.

The Rutherford School was built from 1958 to 1960, designed by the architect Leonard Manasseh, and is a Grade II* listed building.[2]

The primary school opened in September 2007 and the secondary school opened in September 2009. The school is an all-through school with pupils from 3–18 years with the primary school feeding directly into the secondary. It has sixty pupils in each year. The school is partly modelled on the successful KIPP program which originated in the US.

The curriculum focuses on depth before breadth with a strong emphasis on English and Mathematics.[3]

In December 2008 Ofsted conducted a monitoring visit and rated the Academy as 'outstanding'.[4]

In December 2009 Ofsted conducted a full inspection and rated the school outstanding.[citation needed]

The school is funded by the Department for Education but is operated by Ark schools, a registered charity under English law,[5] and sponsored by parent charity Ark.[6]

The current headmaster of the secondary school is Max Haimendorf, a graduate of St Hugh's College, Oxford who was amongst the first cohort of the Teach First programme.[7]

In 2015, the school was rated as the best non-selective secondary school in England according to the Department for Education GCSE league tables.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About King Solomon Academy". Archived from the original on 2009-07-31. Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  2. ^ Historic England. "Marylebone Lower House North Westminster Community School (1119735)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Secondary Curriculum". Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  4. ^ "King Solomon Academy – Ofsted". Retrieved 2009-07-12.
  5. ^ Charity Commission. Ark Schools, registered charity no. 1111608.
  6. ^ Charity Commission. Ark, registered charity no. 1095322.
  7. ^ Moorhead, Joanna (29 March 2010). "The youngest headteacher in the country". Retrieved 7 June 2016.
  8. ^ "King Solomon Academy rated as best school in the country – Ark". Retrieved 7 June 2016.

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