Raynes Park High School

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Raynes Park High School
Mottoes To each his need, from each his power (Traditional) Inspiring learning; achieving excellence (Modern)
Established 1935
Type Comprehensive community school
Headteacher Kirsten Heard
Chair of Governors Michael Ross
Location Bushey Road
Raynes Park
Greater London
SW20 0JL
51°24′12″N 0°14′21″W / 51.4033°N 0.2391°W / 51.4033; -0.2391Coordinates: 51°24′12″N 0°14′21″W / 51.4033°N 0.2391°W / 51.4033; -0.2391
Local authority Merton
DfE URN 102674 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1020
Ages 11–19
Houses Miltons, Gibbs, Halliwells and Newsoms
Colours White, Red, Yellow and Purple
Website RPHS

Raynes Park High School is a co-educational comprehensive school which educates around 2500 students aged 11 to 19. It is located in Raynes Park, England, coming under the London Borough of Merton[1]


Raynes Park High School is situated at the junction of the Kingston bypass (A3) and Bushey Road (A298). To the east, it is bounded by West Barnes Lane (B282), and just east of the boundary between the boroughs of Kingston upon Thames (New Malden) and Merton, and just north of the Shannon Corner junction of the A3/B282.


The school first came into being as a boys only grammar school in 1935. It remained as such for the next 34 years until 1969 when it became a 13–18 boys' comprehensive. In September 1990, when as along with the rest of the borough's schools, it became a 12-16 mixed comprehensive. Finally in September 2010 like all other high schools in the borough, the school's sixth form was re-instated. The school is now an official mixed 11-19.[2]

Sixth form[edit]

Following the conversion of Merton's education system to a two tier structure in the 1990s, the school's sixth form was closed. Students wishing to take A-levels enrolled at various colleges or sixth forms in the area. Subsequently, sixth form centres were re-introduced for all Merton High Schools and in September 2010 the purpose built sixth form block opened its doors to Year 12 students.

School organisation[edit]

The Head Teacher is Kirsten Heard and the Chair of Governors is Michael Ross. The school last had an Ofsted inspection in October 2015, when it was graded Good.

There have been eight Headteachers:

  • John Garrett,
  • Charles Wrinch
  • T. Henry Porter
  • G. David N. Giles
  • Brian Butler
  • John D. Massey
  • Ian Newman
  • Phillip Wheatley
  • Kirsten Heard


W.H. Auden composed the words for the school song.[3]

Raynes Park has four Houses: Miltons, Gibbs, Halliwells and Newsoms. The Houses are all identified by distinctive ties (Miltons:white, Gibbs:red, Halliwells:yellow and Newsoms:purple). These names were taken from four of the first five teachers. The fifth, Cobb, also had a House but (Cobbs:green) and the name remained in use for some buildings until December 2002[4]


  • FA Charter Standard Development School Award for outstanding contribution to Football[5]
  • Sport England Sports Mark Award for delivery of national PE[6]

Guinness world record[edit]

The Guinness world record for the largest egg and spoon race was broken by 859 pupils, from Raynes Park High School, in October 2003.[7][8]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Raynes Park County Grammar School[edit]

Raynes Park High School[edit]


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