Nicholas Chamberlaine School
|Headteacher||Mrs Alison Ramsay|
|DfE URN||139936 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Drake, Livingstone, Cook & Kingsley|
Nicholas Chamberlaine School is a coeducational secondary school with academy status, located in the town of Bedworth, Warwickshire, England. With approximately 1,700 boys and girls between the ages of 11 and 18, it is one of the largest schools in Warwickshire. The current Head Teacher is Alison Ramsay, who took over in February 2015.
It is named after Nicholas Chamberlaine (1632–1715) who was a local benefactor and a prominent figure in the history of Bedworth. The school officially opened in 1953. The Headteacher was Mr. Skinner. At that time it was a comprehensive school.
The school became a specialist technology college before converting to academy status in September 2013, when it became affiliated with the Griffin Schools Trust. The school had been classified as "failing" and placed under special measures in late 1999, but thereafter began a turnaround. In 2015 the school received a "good school" rating from Ofsted, its first such rating in 60 years.
Notable former students
The one and only Ashley Cain as well as Connor Horrigan attended Nicholas Chamberlaine School.
David Ison, a well known theatre and musical touring sound engineer, who has worked in venues across the UK and Europe and previously worked as a producer at BBC Radio 1 was a resident of Bedworth and attended Nicholas Chamberlaine School.
Car boot sales
To raise extra funds the school's Parent-Teacher Association organises car boot sales, which are held in the grounds, approximately once per month, on Sundays from April to October—providing the playing fields are not too muddy.
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- "School Has Turned Failure on Its Head", Coventry Evening Telegraph, 5 February 2003 – via HighBeam Research (subscription required).
- "Bedworth's 'Nico' is rated officially good by the government", Nuneaton News, 16 July 2015.
- Jacqueline Doherty (2014). Pete Doherty: My Prodigal Son. Headline. p. 87. ISBN 978-1-4722-2067-7.
- "Graham Joyce,international award-winning writer", Derbyshire Life, 26 January 2011.
- Mike Malyon, "Former Bedworth sports teacher dies, aged 81", Coventry Telegraph, 10 December 2014.