Harris Academy St John's Wood
|Harris Academy St John's Wood|
|Motto||Dedication, Determination and Destiny|
|Established||1969 (community school)|
2017 (Harris Academy, new name)
|Department for Education URN||137646 Tables|
|Regional Secondary Director||Dr Chris Tomlinson|
|Age||11 to 18|
Harris Academy St John's Wood (formerly Quintin Kynaston) is a secondary school in St John's Wood, North London, England, established in this name in 2017. Its predecessor Quintin Kynaston was founded in 1969 by the merger of Quintin Grammar School and Kynaston School. The earlier schools, which were built on the same site, opened in September 1956. It has been an academy school since November 2011. The school had previously been rated as "Outstanding" in 2008 and 2011 by Ofsted, the English schools' inspectorate; however, in 2014 it was rated "Requires Improvement", and in April 2017 it was rated "Inadequate" and as a consequence was placed in special measures. It joined the Harris Federation Multi-Academy Trust in September 2017.
- 1 History
- 2 Academic performance
- 3 Headteachers
- 4 Notable former pupils
- 5 References
- 6 External links
Quintin School was founded in 1886 by Quintin Hogg (grandfather of the mid-20th century politician of the same name) as the Polytechnic Secondary School, part of Regent Street Polytechnic. Named the Polytechnic Boys' Day School from 1886 to 1919, it was a voluntary aided school. Prior to 1956, in a different location, Kynaston had been known as Paddington Secondary Technical School.
Grammar and comprehensive schools
Quintin became a grammar school in 1944, and in 1946 was renamed the Quintin School after Quintin Hogg, who founded the Polytechnic at Regent Street in 1882 building on the legacy of the Royal Polytechnic Institution. It was a voluntary controlled school. A new building was built in 1956 in St John's Wood. It had around 550 boys.
Also in September 1956, Quintin's next-door neighbour, Kynaston School, opened as a county comprehensive, named after Sir Kynaston Studd OBE, a former president of the Royal Polytechnic at Regent Street, and Lord Mayor of London in 1928. Kynaston School was among the small number of early comprehensive schools in the UK, which combined a non-restrictive admissions policy with, in essence, three kinds of education in one—roughly matching that found in grammar, secondary modern and technical schools (Kynaston was equipped with extensive technical laboratories, in part financed by corporate donations).
This approach allowed children from all social classes and income levels to attend a new kind of school with equal opportunity, something that had often been denied them by more elite traditional grammar schools. Depending on their aptitudes and preferences and work, students could find their own levels. They could advance to university or some other kind of college, or leave school earlier and enter business or become an apprentice. The aim was that whichever path they took, they would be well prepared. This philosophy of education would go a long way to providing opportunities and removing class divisions and lack of life chances in general, and it became the basis of the merged Quintin-Kynaston School of 1969.
Quintin and Kynaston merged in 1969 as a single new comprehensive school, renamed Quintin Kynaston School, and became co-educational in 1976. During the 1990s the school had issues usually associated with problem schools in inner city areas. This was gradually rectified by new head teacher Nick Kemp. It became a Specialist Technology College in 2001, a Foundation School in 2008, and an Academy in November 2011, keeping its name throughout as Quintin Kynaston School until 2015, when the school renamed itself Quintin Kynaston.
Quintin Kynaston School website
A new website was launched in 2017, covering the period from 1956 to 1975. There is an annual Kynaston / Quintin Kynaston school reunion, held in St John's Wood, and attended by ex- pupils and teachers.
In 2002, Joanna Shuter was appointed head teacher. The then prime minister, Tony Blair, launched the "Extended Schools" scheme at Quintin Kynaston in September 2003. In May 2005, the school featured in a 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 the film broke its rules on objectivity. Blair visited the school again in 2006.
After being named Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School in 2007, 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. After an appeal the decision was revised in November 2014 to allow Shuter to challenge the prohibition order after two years. Early in 2017 the ban was overturned, leaving Shuter free to return to teaching.
A 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 Quintin Kynaston 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.
Requires improvement to special measures
The school lost its "outstanding" rating during the Ofsted inspection in September 2014. The school was judged as "requires improvement" because standards were not consistently in line with or above the national average in all subjects. The majority of the individual judgements were "good", including leadership and management, behaviour and safety and sixth form.
In January 2017 Quintin Kynaston was inspected by Ofsted; the report published in April 2017 showed the school to be "Inadequate" in all areas apart from the Sixth Form which was deemed to be "Good". As a consequence of the failings Her Majesty's Chief Inspector was of the opinion that the school needed to be placed in special measures, stating in the report:
In accordance with section 44(1) of the Education Act 2005, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector is of the opinion that this school requires special measures, because it is failing to give its pupils an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing or governing the school are not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvement in the school.— Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Ofsted Inspection Report January 2017
Having been placed in special measures it became part of the Harris Federation chain of academies which took over as sponsor from September 2017; the Quintin Kynaston name is no longer used.
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".
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.
|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 School|
|G. H. Harmer||1959–1969||Kynaston 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||2014–2017||Quintin Kynaston Academy|
|Liam McGillicuddy & Dr Chris Tomlinson ||2017–||Quintin Kynaston Academy / Harris Academy St John's Wood|
Notable former pupils
- Shola Ama, singer
- Architechs, band
- Tommy Baldwin, footballer Chelsea
- Jak Beula entrepreneur and founder of Nubian Jak
- Richard Causton, composer
- Tulisa Contostavlos, from MOBO award-winning act N-Dubz, former The X Factor judge
- Mohammed Emwazi portrayed in the media as Jihadi John, an ISIL killer
- Fred Housego, taxi driver who went on to win Mastermind in 1980
- Ashley McKenzie Judo Olympian and Celebrity Big Brother contestant
- Steve New, guitarist
- Michael Page, professional boxer and mixed martial artist
- Dean Parrett, footballer
- Murad Qureshi, member of the London Assembly
- Suggs (Graham McPherson), musician Madness
- Elkan Allan, television producer and journalist
- Prof. Brian Butterworth, Professor of Cognitive Neuropsychology since 1992 at University College London
- Sir George Cox, Chairman from 2004 to 2007 of the Design Council, Director General from 1999 to 2004 of the Institute of Directors, and President since 2008 of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists
- Ian Davies, flamenco guitarist
- Randolph Fields, helped to found Virgin Atlantic Airways
- Prof. Andy Hopper CBE, serial entrepreneur, Professor of Computer Technology and Head of Department, Computer Laboratory since 2004 at the University of Cambridge, Professor of Communications from 1997 to 2004, and Research Director from 1979 to 1984 of Acorn Computers
- Prof. Martin Kilduff, currently Professor of Organizational Behaviour at UCL formerly Diageo Professor of Management Studies at the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, 2008–12.
- John Leckie, record producer
- Harry Zvi Tabor, Israeli physicist and solar energy pioneer
Polytechnic Secondary School
- William Frankel, journalist
- David Gascoyne, poet
- Oswald Groenings, athlete
- Michael Ivens CBE (1924–2001), poet and rightwing/libertarian activist
- Gerald Kersh, novelist
- Jack Parker (cricketer)
- Sir Isidore Salmon CBE, Conservative MP from 1924 to 1941 for Harrow
- L. C. B. Seaman, historian, published works include From Vienna to Versailles, Post Victorian Britain, and The Quintin School 1886–1956, A Brief History (published 1957). Scholar from 1923 to 1930, history teacher at the Quintin School, 1950–58
- Rt Rev. Albert John Trillo, Bishop of Chelmsford, 1971–85
- Sir Richard Way CB CBE, Principal from 1975 to 1980 of King's College London
- "School History". Quintin Kynaston School. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
- "More schools get specialist status". The BBC. 21 June 2001. Retrieved 28 November 2009.
- "History of the School | Quintin Kynaston". www.qk.org.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
- "EduBase - Quintin Kynaston". www.education.gov.uk. Retrieved 2015-11-16.
- "Kynaston School, St Johns Wood London Archive & Alumni". kynastonschool.com.
- "Kynaston School - Quintin Kynaston School ex Pupil & Teacher Reunions - Kynaston School". www.kynastonschool.com.
- Teaching Awards Archived 8 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- Alleyne, Richard (27 April 2005). "BBC drops film on 'inspirational teacher' – made by her sister". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
- Arnot, Chris (7 March 2006). "Superhead to the rescue (the director's cut)". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 December 2010.
- "The Royal Air Force Award for Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School". Teaching Awards. Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014.
- "Head teacher Jo Shuter banned for life over personal expenses". BBC News. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Prohibition Order – Ms Joanna Shuter" (PDF). National College for Teaching and Leadership. 28 November 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
- "'Superhead' Jo Shuter has teaching ban overturned". 3 February 2017.
- "Quintin Kynaston Academy | School Inspection Report (December 2011)" (PDF). reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Ofsted. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- Randeep Ramesh. "Pictured – Mohammed Emwazi before he became Isis killer". the Guardian.
- "Quintin Kynaston Academy | School Inspection Report (September 2014)" (PDF). reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Ofsted. 18 September 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- "Quintin Kynaston Academy | School Inspection Report (January 2017)" (PDF). reports.ofsted.gov.uk. Ofsted. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- "Quintin Kynaston put in 'special measures' after Ofsted inspectors say it is inadequate". Camden New Journal. Retrieved 2017-04-28.
- Kazmi, Asyia (10 December 2008). "Quintin Kynaston School Inspection Report". Ofsted. Archived from the original on 28 May 2009. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
- "Head Teachers". Quintin Kynaston School. Retrieved 12 June 2011.
- "What happened next?". The Guardian.
- "Michael Page". Super Fight League.
- "Fearless – Michael 'Venom' Page mini documentary". #WHOATV.
- "Suggs reveals how he fell out with The Clash". Mail Online.
- "Ian Davies". 15 October 2003 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
- [permanent dead link]
- Cowe, Roger. "Obituary: Michael Ivens". The Guardian. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- "Michael Ivens". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 March 2015.
- contributor personal experience
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 March 2012. Retrieved 21 August 2010.
- L. C. B. Seaman, The Quintin School 1886-1956, A Brief History.