Quintin Kynaston Community Academy

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Quintin Kynaston
Type Academy
Headteacher Alex Atherton
Location Marlborough Hill
St John's Wood
Greater London
Coordinates: 51°32′16″N 0°10′37″W / 51.5378°N 0.1770°W / 51.5378; -0.1770
DfE number 213/4295
DfE URN 137646 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1312
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Pale blue
Website Quintin Kynaston

Quintin Kynaston (QK) is a secondary school in the St John's Wood area of north London, England. It became a Specialist Technology College in 2001,[1] a Foundation School in 2008[2] and became an academy in November 2011, keeping its name as Quintin Kynaston School. In 2015 Quintin Kynaston School renamed itself to Quintin Kynaston.[3] Quintin Kynaston was rated 'outstanding' by Ofsted in two previous inspections, in 2008 and December 2011, but lost its 'outstanding' rating during the most recent Ofsted visit in September 2014. The school was judged as 'requires improvement' because standards are not consistently in line with or above the national average in all subjects. The majority of the individual judgements are ‘good’, including leadership and management, behaviour and safety and sixth form.

Its new building opened to students on 12 January 2015 and was designed by van Heyningen and Haward Architects. The building is situated on Marlborough Hill next to the west side of the A41 in the north of the borough of Westminster in St John's Wood, close to the boundary with the Borough of Camden, and just south of South Hampstead railway station and the junction with the B509.

In March 2015 QK received unwelcome publicity with the revelation that Mohammed Emwazi, the ISIL killer who was portrayed in the media as "Jihadi John", had been a student at the school, leaving it in 2006.[4]


The school was founded in 1886 by Quintin Hogg[5] (grandfather of the mid-20th-century politician of the same name) as the Polytechnic Secondary School, part of Regent Street Polytechnic. It was named the Polytechnic Boys' Day School from 1886–1919. It was a voluntary aided school.

Grammar school[edit]

The Quintin School,1956

In 1944 the school became a grammar school, and in 1946 was renamed the Quintin School after Quintin Hogg, who founded Regent Street Polytechnic in 1882. It was a voluntary controlled school. A new building was built in 1956 in St John's Wood. It had around 550 boys.


The school was renamed Quintin Kynaston School in 1969 after Sir Kynaston Studd OBE, a former president of the Regent Street Polytechnic, and Lord Mayor of London in 1928. It was a boys' comprehensive school when the school merged with the next-door Kynaston Technical School, known as the Paddington Secondary Technical School before 1956. It became co-educational in 1976.

During the period of 1990s – 2001, the school had issues usually associated with problem schools in inner city areas. This was gradually rectified by new head teacher Nick Kemp.[citation needed]

In 2002 Joanna Shuter was appointed head teacher. In September 2003 the prime minister, Tony Blair, launched the 'Extended Schools' scheme at Quintin Kynaston.[6] In May 2005, the school featured in the 30-minute BBC documentary Head on the Block, made by the headteacher's sister, Debbie Shuter. It was not broadcast as planned because the BBC decided that it broke their rules on objectivity.[7][8] Blair visited the school again in 2006.

After being named Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School in 2007,[9] and receiving a CBE in 2010, Shuter resigned in May 2013 and was replaced by Alex Atherton. In May 2014 Shuter was banned for life from the classroom by the National College for Teaching and Leadership after admitting the misuse of public funds on various personal expenses during her tenure.[10] After an appeal the decision was revised in November 2014 to allow Shuter to challenge the prohibition order after two years.[11]

Academic performance[edit]

The school has successfully created many 'school systems' that are now being used in other schools. In September 2004 the school received an excellent OFSTED report. The Section 5 Ofsted inspection of 10 December 2008 characterised QK as "an outstanding school and exceptionally well led by its inspirational headteacher".[12] Following the most recent Ofsted inspection in September 2014, the school has been downgraded to 'requires improvement' because standards are not consistently in line with or above the national average in all subjects.

It gets the third best GCSE results in Westminster LEA with above average results. Results at A level are weaker – below the national average, however the school performs strongly in measures of contextual value added.


Headteachers[13] Era School
Dr V Butler-Smith 1886–1892 Polytechnic Day School for Boys
Charles Mitchell and David Woodhall 1892–c.1918 Polytechnic Commercial School and Polytechnic Technical School respectively
Percy Abbott 1919–1934 Polytechnic Secondary School
Frederick Wilkinson 1934–1937 Polytechnic Secondary School
Dr Bernard Worsnop 1937–1958 Polytechnic Secondary School and The Quintin School
A J Holt 1958–1969 The Quintin School
T G Jones 1956–1959 Kynaston Technical School
G H Harmer 1959–1969 Kynaston Technical School
A J Holt 1969–1972 Quintin Kynaston School
Peter Mitchell 1972–1983 Quintin Kynaston School
Laurie Goodhand 1983–1986 Quintin Kynaston School
Sheila Madgwick 1987–1994 Quintin Kynaston School
Nicholas Elliott-Kemp 1994–2001 Quintin Kynaston School
Jo Shuter 2002–2013 Quintin Kynaston School / Community Academy
Alex Atherton 2014– Quintin Kynaston Academy

Notable former pupils[edit]

Quintin School[edit]

Polytechnic Secondary School[edit]


  1. ^ "More schools get specialist status". The BBC. 21 June 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 
  2. ^ "History of the School | Quintin Kynaston". www.qk.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  3. ^ "EduBase - Quintin Kynaston". www.education.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  4. ^ a b Randeep Ramesh. "Pictured – Mohammed Emwazi before he became Isis killer". the Guardian. 
  5. ^ "School History". Quintin Kynaston School. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  6. ^ Teaching Awards
  7. ^ Alleyne, Richard (27 April 2005). "BBC drops film on 'inspirational teacher' – made by her sister". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  8. ^ Arnot, Chris (7 March 2006). "Superhead to the rescue (the director's cut)". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 15 December 2010. 
  9. ^ "The Royal Air Force Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School". Teaching Awards. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Head teacher Jo Shuter banned for life over personal expenses". BBC News. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  11. ^ "Prohibition Order – Ms Joanna Shuter" (PDF). National College for Teaching and Leadership. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Kazmi, Asyia (10 December 2008). "Quintin Kynaston School Inspection Report". Ofsted. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  13. ^ "Head Teachers". Quintin Kynaston School. Retrieved 12 June 2011. 
  14. ^ "What happened next?". the Guardian. 
  15. ^ "Michael Page". Super Fight League. 
  16. ^ "Fearless – Michael ‘Venom’ Page mini documentary". #WHOATV. 
  17. ^ "Suggs reveals how he fell out with The Clash". Mail Online. 
  18. ^ Cowe, Roger. "Obituary: Michael Ivens". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  19. ^ "Michael Ivens". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 March 2015. 
  20. ^ contributor personal experience
  21. ^ http://www.polyboys.org.uk/X08_RSP/X08B_QSH/X08B_QSH_000.htm

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