Seven Kings School

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Seven Kings School
SevenKings logo.jpg
Motto Friendship, excellence and opportunity
Established 1931
Type Community School
Executive Headteacher Ms T. Smith
Secondary Headteacher Ms J. Waters
Primary Headteacher Ms K. Beaumont
Location Ley Street
Greater London
England, UK
Coordinates: 51°34′07″N 0°05′09″E / 51.5685°N 0.0859°E / 51.5685; 0.0859
Local authority Redbridge
DfE URN 102856 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1,429
Gender Coeducational
Ages 4–18
Colours Blue, Yellow
Website Seven Kings School

Seven Kings School (formerly known as Seven Kings High School) is a coeducational comprehensive primary and secondary school in the Ilford area of the London Borough of Redbridge, England. Catering for ages 4–18, Seven Kings School has a separate Primary and Secondary block in a short walking distance from one another. The school has also participated and won awards which are notable around the UK, such as, The Jack Petchey Award and has been a National Teaching School. Seven Kings has also pioneered work to include pupils with special needs and disabilities.[1]


The school was first opened in 1931, as Beal Grammar School, a coeducational grammar school.[2] In 1957, the boys' wing of the school moved to a separate site, and today exists as a coeducational comprehensive secondary school under the name Beal High School. The remaining school became Beal Grammar School for Girls, a selective grammar school for girls.[2] In 1974, the school was renamed Seven Kings High School, merged with Downshall Secondary School, and became a coeducational comprehensive secondary school.[3]

In 2015, Seven Kings Primary School, a four-form entry school, with 120 Reception children was opened. Because local authorities are forbidden under current legislation from opening new schools, the new primary school had to be opened as part of an existing school, so Seven Kings High School was merged with the newly opened primary school, to become Seven Kings School. As these children move up through the school, an additional 120 children will start each year. The primary school will reach full capacity by September 2021, when the original Reception intake becomes Year 6. These first children will be the founding year groups of the school and see the school grow as they move up through it. All children who attend Seven Kings Primary will automatically be entitled to move on to Seven Kings High School.[4]


Seven Kings uniform for lower and upper school consists of a navy blazer, blue shirt, navy trousers or skirt and a school tie, consisting of the Seven Kings logo of crowns.[5]

The Sixth Form students must wear formal suits (blazers) and ties. From September 2012, male students entering the sixth form must wear black suits and the Seven Kings sixth form tie. Female students are to wear formal suits/clothes, presumably black and white.[6]


A 2007, the school was inspected by Ofsted, who rated it as 'outstanding'.[1] In 2009 Ofsted highlighted Seven Kings High School as one of 12 outstanding schools serving disadvantaged communities.[7]

Notable former staff[edit]

Peter Hyman, former speechwriter to ex-Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as former Head of Communications at 10 Downing Street, taught Politics and History at the school during the 2006-2007 academic school year.

Margaret Blacklock Evans, the headteacher of the school during its transition from Beal Grammar School for Girls to Seven Kings High School, was awarded an OBE in 1985.[3]

Sir Alan Steer, a former headteacher was the Labour Government's education tsar, completing a report of behavioural policies in educational establishments. This is often referred to as 'the Steer report' [8]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ofsted (2010-11-05). "Ofsted Reports - Seven Kings School". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  2. ^ a b "The borough of Ilford | British History Online". Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  3. ^ a b Fisher, Meg (2015-01-18). "Margaret Blacklock Evans obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2017-01-05. 
  4. ^ "Welcome from the Headteacher - Seven Kings School". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  5. ^ "Secondary uniform - Seven Kings School". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  6. ^ "Dress Code - Seven Kings School". Retrieved 2016-12-01. 
  7. ^ Twelve outstanding secondary schools - Excelling against the odds, Ofsted, 24 February 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2011.
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  9. ^ "Arsenal Reserve Players". Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  10. ^ Sahin, by Sukran. "Disabled Ilford teenager to carry the London 2012 Olympic flame". Ilford Recorder. Retrieved 2016-12-01. 

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