Netherhall School

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The Netherhall School
Established 1871
Type Academy
Principal Chris Tooley
Chair of Governors Albena Madej
Location Queen Edith's Way
52°10′51″N 0°09′52″E / 52.18072°N 0.16439°E / 52.18072; 0.16439Coordinates: 52°10′51″N 0°09′52″E / 52.18072°N 0.16439°E / 52.18072; 0.16439
Local authority Cambridgeshire
DfE number 873/4011
DfE URN 142035 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,078 as of January 2016
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

Black, sky blue and navy

Website Official website

The Netherhall School and Sixth Form Centre is a mixed secondary school and sixth form located in the Queen Edith ward of Cambridge, England.[1] Its logo is a modified version of the crest of Cambridge. It is one of the largest schools in the area in terms of capacity. Feeder primary schools include Queen Edith, Cherry Hinton Juniors, Fawcett, The Spinney, Morley Memorial, and Colville. It serves the south and east of Cambridge as well as villages which have become considered suburbs such as Cherry Hinton, Teversham, Fulbourn, Great Shelford, Little Shelford and Trumpington.

The school[edit]

Netherhall School is divided into the Sixth Form Centre (Years 12–13), Upper School (Years 10–11) and Lower School (Years 7–9). The Upper school site was previously separate from the Lower School site, however after several years of planning they have now been amalgamated on the previous Upper School site.


Secondary modern school[edit]

It was established as Netherhall Secondary Modern School.


It took students at the Cambridge Grammar School for Boys to become Netherhall School; a comprehensive school in 1974. Cambridge Grammar School for Girls became Parkside Community College.

Academic record[edit]

In 2014, 90% of pupils gained at least 5 GCSEs graded A*- C including English and Maths,[2] a drop from the 2013 results of 73%.[3] These results for 2013 and 2014 are well above the national average and represent improvement on previous years. The 2014 national average on this benchmark was 53.4% and the local authority average was 55.9%. The 2013 national average was 59.2% and the local authority average was 61% [4]

2014 A-level results were slightly below the national average at the higher grades, with 41.3% of grades being A*-B (compared to 52.4% nationally) and 72.5% A*-C (76.7% nationally). The A*-E rate pass rate was slightly above average, at 99.2%, compared to 98.0% nationally. However, all these results were an improvement on the previous 3 years.[5][6]

Ofsted Inspections[edit]

Ofsted's most recent full inspection of Netherhall School in June 2014 found that the school "requires improvement" although the behaviour and safety judgement improved to "good" from the previous inspection. There was an HMI Ofsted monitoring follow-up visit in November 2014.[7][8] Ofsted has deemed the school to "require improvement" since November 2012. Its last inspection producing a "good" rating was in April 2008.[9][10]


Extracurricular sport includes rugby, football, netball, trampolining, table tennis, triathlon, rounders, hockey, tennis, badminton and athletics.

The Netherhall Sports Centre offers many of the school's indoor and outdoor sports and training facilities to local sports clubs and adult fitness classes.

Academy status[edit]

Previously a foundation school administered by Cambridgeshire County Council, The Netherhall School converted to academy status in February 2016. The school is now part of Bottisham Multi-Academy Trust[11] (which includes Bottisham Village College), but continues to coordinate with Cambridgeshire County Council for admissions. On 1st September 2016 the Bottisham Multi-Academy Trust formed Anglian Learning, a trust formed through the joining of Bottisham Village College, The Netherhall School and Sixth Form Centre, Sawston Village College and Bassingbourn Village College.


Cambridge Grammar School for Boys[edit]


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