Lambeth Academy

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Lambeth Academy
Lambeth Academy Logo.png
Motto The best in everyone
Established 2004
Type Academy
Headteacher Carol Shepherd
Location Elms Road
51°27′28″N 0°08′24″W / 51.4577°N 0.1400°W / 51.4577; -0.1400Coordinates: 51°27′28″N 0°08′24″W / 51.4577°N 0.1400°W / 51.4577; -0.1400
Local authority Lambeth
DfE URN 134815 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 900
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–19
Houses Gamma, Delta, Omega, Sigma
Colours black      and light blue     
Sponsor United Learning
Website Lambeth Academy

Lambeth Academy is a mixed secondary academy in the London borough of Lambeth. Its sponsor is United Learning.


Lambeth Academy is owned and run by United Learning,[1] a subsidiary of the United Church Schools Trust.[2] In Summer 2011 the first group of students who had arrived in 2004 completed their A-levels and achieved excellent results. They have established an ex-alumni society called Lambeth Academicals, to maintain contact through sporting social and other activities. 2011 saw results rising to 58% of GCSE students obtaining 5A*-C grades, including English and Maths.[3] This represented a 22% increase, making the Academy one of the most improved schools in London and placing it above the national average in this respect.

Lambeth Academy specialises in English with Business & Enterprise.[4] There are around 180 in sixth form. It is situated on Elms Road just east of Clapham Common, off the A24, north of the junction with the South Circular Road (A205). Next door is the sixth-form centre of Lambeth College. It lies in the parish of Holy Spirit, Clapham.


Lambeth Academy was formally opened by Queen Elizabeth II in 2004. The first Principal was Ms Pat Millichamp, who retired after two years. The second principal was Mr Stephen Potter who retired during the Christmas break of 2011 to be replaced by Ms Shadick. The chair of governors is Chioma Oganya[5].

Henry Thornton School[edit]

The Academy is built on the site of the Henry Thornton School (HTS). This school opened in 1929 as a boys' grammar school. It had around 450 boys. It was well known in national lacrosse competitions. It became a comprehensive in 1968 with around 1,500 boys, then merged with the Hydeburn School to become the Chestnut Grove School in Balham in 1986, and the site became the Henry Thornton Centre of Clapham and Balham Adult Education Institute. In 2003 the former grammar school was demolished to make way for the Academy.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Henry Thornton School[edit]


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