Prince Henry's High School

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Prince Henry's High School
Prince Henry's High School Crest - small.png
Victoria Avenue

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WR11 4QH

Coordinates52°05′56″N 1°56′29″W / 52.09889°N 1.94137°W / 52.09889; -1.94137Coordinates: 52°05′56″N 1°56′29″W / 52.09889°N 1.94137°W / 52.09889; -1.94137
MottoParva Magna Crescunt (Great things from small things grow)
Establishedc. 1376
Local authorityWorcestershire
Department for Education URN136469 Tables
ChairSteve Butcher
HeadteacherDr A A L Evans
Age13 to 18

Prince Henry's High School, formerly Prince Henry's Grammar School is a secondary school with academy status in Evesham, Worcestershire, England. It is a co-educational high school, in which there are about 1280 students enrolled, aged between 13 and 18.[1] It is situated in the north of Evesham off the A4184, near the junction with the B4624, adjacent to the north of the railway, and serves the town of Evesham and surrounding villages. A 2013 Ofsted report accorded the school a Grade 1 (outstanding)[2]


The school is over 600 years old [3] and was originally established as a school for the poor that was attached to Evesham's Benedictine Abbey. The original school was located by the side of what is now the road from Merstow Green to the High Street in Evesham. The present site of the school was established in the late 19th Century and is about one kilometre approximately North North-East of the original site. The school is named after Prince Henry, the brother of King Charles I. Dr Lewis Bayley had previously taught at and secured an endowment for the school from the town of Evesham through a new town charter[citation needed], which identifies the school as a "Free Grammar School of Prince Henry in Evesham". As Prince Henry's Grammar School, the school had around 500 boys and girls.

In 1973 it was renamed Prince Henry's High School, a comprehensive school. In 1993 it became a grant-maintained school then in 1999 it became a foundation school. It is now a secondary school with the specialist designation of Language College.[2] In 2010, plans were announced to change the school into an academy in a move to improve funding, and provide more opportunities for the pupils in the school.[4]

The House System[edit]

When students join the school, they become a member of one of the five houses. These are, Burlingham, Deacle, Holland, Lichfield and Workman. House Points are awarded for good work and attitude to learning in the classroom. They can also be awarded to a student who is going ‘above and beyond’ in an area of school life. Houses compete in different activities such as cooking, sport, music and board games. [5]

Burlingham House[edit]

Richard Burlingham was educated at Prince Henry's Grammar School and started his career as a soldier, becoming an officer in the Worcestershire Regiment as a young man in the 1930s. During the Second World War he worked for the Deputy Quartermaster General organising supplies for the troops and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel by the end of the war.

Lieutenant Colonel Burlingham was a governor of Prince Henry's High School for almost 50 years from 1949 until the late 1990s. From 1963 he was the Chair of Governors for 25 years finally stepping down from the governing body in 1997/1998. He also served on both Evesham Council and the County Council, becoming Chair of each. He became an Alderman of Evesham and was later appointed Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County.

Deacle House[edit]

John Deacle was born on 10 June 1660 in Bengeworth. He made his fortune in the woollen trade and became an Alderman of London. On his death in September 1709, John Deacle’s will left provision for £2,000 to be spent on building a charity school, with a further £300 per year for the ongoing running of that school. The new school, which became known as Deacle Charity Free School, was to offer 30 boys from the poorest of backgrounds of the parish the chance of an education, the right to which was normally only for the privileged few at this time.

The Deacle School was built in Port Street in 1729 and was only closed in 1905. The old school building still stands, and although it now has shop fronts obstructing the view, it can be found on the right-hand side as you head up Port Street from the Workman Bridge.

In 1906 the Deacle Charity Free School and Prince Henry's Grammar School merged under the control of Worcestershire County Council, and the Deacle School pupils joined the Prince Henry's students at Lanesfield on Greenhill.

Holland House[edit]

Revd Holland was a key figure in saving the school by working hard to raise funds as well as using his own money. In 1879 Prince Henry's Grammar School was moved from Merstow Green to Lanesfield on Greenhill.

Lanesfield remained the location of the school until 1910, when the recently merged Prince Henry's Grammar School and Deacle School moved into new buildings at the school's current site on Victoria Avenue.

Lichfield House[edit]

Clement Lichfield became what was to be the last Abbot of Evesham Abbey in 1514. He was responsible for the final building works undertaken on the Abbey complex prior to its dissolution by Henry VIII, including the St Clements Chantry, off All Saints church. He also built a new school building in Merstow Green. The fact that the school was sited away from the main Abbey saved it when the majority of the complex was dismantled in 1540.

That school building (which continued in use as a school until 1879), together with the Bell Tower and Chantry Chapel (now known as the Lichfield Chapel) are the main significant surviving structures from Evesham Abbey which, at its peak, was the third largest Abbey Church in England.

Workman House[edit]

Henry Workman was Mayor of Evesham from 1851-1855 and built the Workman Bridge in 1856. The river below the site of the bridge was a maze of shallows and treacherous currents, so Henry Workman had it dredged into one channel and used the sediment from the river to create the Workman Gardens and public park.

He financially contributed to the school move from Merstow Green to its new site on Greenhill, which took place in 1879.

National Teaching School Status[edit]

In April 2014, Prince Henry's High School was selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school[6] – an important role in raising standards. Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools. Prince Henry's High School was one of only 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest designation round.


Prince Henry's High School[edit]

  • Alex Gregory MBE, Team GB Rower and Olympic Gold Medallist. Left the sixth form in 2002.

Prince Henry's Grammar School[edit]

Former teachers[edit]


  1. ^ "Department for Education". DfE GIAS. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b 2013 Ofsted Report. Retrieved 3 April 2019
  3. ^ "Latest Prospectus". Prince Henry's High School. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  4. ^ "The New Academies?". Retrieved 1 May 2012.
  5. ^ "The School House System". Prince Henry's High School. Prince Henry's High School. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  6. ^ Teaching School Retrieved 5 September 2014]
  7. ^ "Peter Reynolds - obituary". The Telegraph. 20 October 2001. Retrieved 7 January 2011.

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