Sir George Monoux College
|Type||Sixth Form College|
|Local authority||Waltham Forest|
Sir George Monoux, the founder of the Grammar School (later College), was born in or before 1465. In 1506 he was a Warden of the Drapers Company, in 1509 he became the Sheriff of London and later in 1514 he became Lord Mayor. Sir George Monoux was elected to Parliament as a Burgess for the City in 1523. He was a wealthy man who spent much of his time in Walthamstow.
George Monoux (alderman of London and local worthy) erected the Almshouses, associated school and feast ball for the poor of Walthamstow on a former parcel of St. Mary's Churchyard in 1527 in Walthamstow Village.
The Monoux School operated there for 353 years until moving firstly to West Avenue then to High Street, and finally to Chingford Road in 1927. The western end was rebuilt in 1955 following bombing in October 1940.
From 1527 to 1999 the school underwent many changes. From 1659 to 1968 it operated as a grammar school for boys. From 1968 to 1986 the school was a comprehensive, and in the late 1960s, it was ranked as the 11th best state school in the country. In 1986 the school became a sixth form college and girls were admitted for the first time. In 1993, Monoux became an Incorporated College, which it remains today.
Sir George Monoux Grammar School 1885-1968
The school was re-established following a scheme made under the Endowed Schools Act in 1885 in a different part of Walthamstow, temporary premises in West Avenue, and then a purpose-built site in High Street. It moved to the present premises in July 1927. There have been many additions to the buildings since then. In 1961, 1977, 1990, 2002 and 2004. The school remained independent, but came increasingly to depend on local authority grants. From the death of the headmaster, William Spivey, in 1916, it can be regarded as effectively a local authority grammar school. The school was a selective boys grammar school until 1968 catering for boys aged 11–18.
Following reorganisation of secondary education by Waltham Forest council (devised by a Labour council but instituted under a Conservative one), during the years 1968 - 72 it gradually became a comprehensive Senior High School for boys aged 14–18 admitting most of its pupils from the Junior High Schools Chapel End, William Fitt, Warwick Boys School and Aveling Park. The last entry of boys to the main Monoux building was in 1987 who were taught separately to the sixth form but within the same building in Chingford Road. The last entry of boys however was in 1988 who were not taught in the main building but in an "annexe" located in Brookscroft Rd in the old Chapel End Junior High School. This was closed in 1990.
Sir George Monoux Sixth Form College 1986-
In 1986 the school became a co educational sixth form college for students aged 16–19 and fully co educational from 1989. It was funded and administered by the London Borough of Waltham Forest from 1986 to 1993 when under the provisions of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992 it was incorporated becoming in effect an independent body funded by the newly formed Further Education Funding Council for England (FEFC) In 2001 the FEFC was replaced with the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) The college driven by government growth targets increased in size from 600 students in 1986 to approximately 2000 students in 2006. The college offers A level and vocational courses.  The college draws students from a wide geographical area of north and east London and from a very wide range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds. At present over 80% of the students are from minority ethnic communities.
Since 1986 the Principals of the college have been:
Mrs Corine Moffett 1986-1993
She was appointed as Principal of the new college, having previously been the Headteacher of Walthamstow School for Girls. Towards the end of her time as Principal the college was Incorporated and no longer controlled by the London Borough of Waltham Forest but by an independent governing body or "corporation". Incorporation took effect on 1 April 1993. The first chairman of the new Corporation was Brian Tierney. The first Clerk to the Corporation was Robin Jones. At the end of August 1993 Mrs Moffett retired.
Arthur Harvey 1993-1996 After incorporation in 1993 the college entered a period of instability. Prior to becoming Principal, Arthur Harvey was Vice Principal of Sir George Monoux College from 1986-1993. He had previously been a deputy headteacher at Leyton Boys School. He was initially appointed Acting Principal for a period of up to two years which was later extended for a further year. The Chair of the Corporation and the Clerk to the Corporation held the same posts on the newly formed Waltham Forest college corporation and it was at one point proposed that the corporations of both colleges should move towards common membership. This proposal was rejected by the governing body of Sir George Monoux College. Although Tierney and Jones acted with the utmost honesty and integrity there was some concern about potential conflicts of interest given the fact that the colleges had a financial relationship. As a result of these concerns both the chair and clerk left office in 1993. At the end of the same year the college saw the departure of the finance director, Peter Ward. The first inspection under the new Further Education Funding Council Arrangements proved disappointing with many areas being awarded only a satisfactory grade. Arthur Harvey retired in 1996.
Stephen Grix 1996-2000
He was appointed Principal having previously been Vice Principal at Barking College. Relatively youthful at the time of his appointment (39) and unashamedly proletarian in origin and demeanour (he had started his career as a bricklayer at the age of 15) he brought a modern managerial style to the college for the first time. His background had been entirely in the Further Education sector and he brought none of the experience or sentiment of the traditional school teacher. He used his builder's instincts to improve the fabric of the building to enormous effect, significantly enhancing the scope and quality of the accommodation. He also initiated a programme of management restructuring. Two of the senior managers left the college and all posts of responsibility were re-advertised internally. His interventionist management style reaped great rewards in the subsequent inspection. The general view of his Principalship is that he had "turned the college around" He left the college at the end of March 2000 to become the Head of Post Compulsory inspection at Ofsted.
John McMinn Acting Principal April-September 2000 He had worked at the college from 1986. He was initially the director of the foundation course before being promoted to a senior post in 1993. In 1996 under the Grix reorganisation he became Deputy Principal.
Richard Chambers 2000-2006
He came from Lewisham College where he had been a Vice Principal for nine years. He presented himself as a "thinker" and innovator and attempted to develop links with Higher Education institutuions, making formal associations with Middlesex University and Queen Mary College. He initiated and oversaw the construction of the Drapers building. It was also during his time as Principal that the Brockman building, a project initiated by Stephen Grix was completed. He left at the end of October 2005 to take up the post of Principal of Lambeth College.
John McMinn Acting Principal November-March 2006
Almost immediately after the departure of Richard Chambers the college was subject to an inspection under the new Ofsted inspection procedures. The outcome of the inspection was considered generally less favourable than recent FEFC inspections. The college being awarded a satisfactory grading in most categories where previously it had been considered good.
Kim Clifford 2006-2010
She was Director of Sixth at Exeter College before being appointed Principal in March 2006. Unlike her two immediate predecessors she came from an academic background and with relatively recent teaching experience, having taught Sociology. During her time as Principal the college underwent of inspection by Ofsted in December 2009. Kim Clifford left the college at the end of 2010 to take up the post of Principal of Cirencester College.
Paolo Ramella 2010- Ramella had been appointed to the post of Vice Principal in 2009. A native Italian he had spent a considerable period working in schools and FE Colleges in London before joining the staff of Sir George Monoux College.
Chairs since 1993. Brian Tierney, Peter Brierley, Derek Harris, Peter Leighton, James Hedges Alan Wells OBE
Clerks to the Corporation since 1993. Robin Jones,1993 David Ranger,1993-1995 1996-2009 Roy Smith,1995-1996 Charles Bond 2009-10 Robert Smith 2011-
Notable former students
- Redzz Rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and actor
- June Sarpong, TV presenter
- Hamza Jeetooa, actor
- Patrick Young, Poster-Boy
Sir George Monoux Grammar School
- Robert Barltrop, prolific local writer, attended Monoux from 1933 to 1938.
- Prof George Barnard, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Essex from 1966-75, and President of the Royal Statistical Society from 1971-2, the Operational Research Society from 1962-4 and the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications from 1970-1
- Prof John Bastin, Professor of Physics at Queen Mary, University of London from 1971-84
- Prof Ian Booth, Director of the Institute of Child Health since 1993, the Sir Leonard Parsons Professor of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Birmingham since 1996, and the President of the British Society of Paediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition from 1995-8
- Keith Bridge CBE, Chief Executive of Humberside County Council from 1978-83, and President of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) from 1982-3
- Sir Jack Cater CBE, Chief Secretary of Hong Kong from 1978-81
- Thomas George Cowling, Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Leeds from 1948-70, and President of the Royal Astronomical Society from 1965-7
- Johnny Dankworth, jazz musician, attended Monoux from 1937 to 1944. Records at Monoux refer to his "perverted but genuine interest in swing music". Dankworth officially opened the new Student Centre in April 1990, when he said "Coming back to one's old school and walking around the building makes me feel like an archaeologist dating finds."
- Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Executive since 2003
- Prof Sir Alan Fersht, Herchel Smith Professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and is famous in his field for pioneering a new chemical approach to protein engineering. He was elected in 2012 to become the Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.
- John Garrett, Labour MP for Norwich South from 1974-83 and 1987-97
- Professor Norman Gowar Professor of Mathematics at the Open University and Principal of Royal Holloway College, University of London
- Prof Frank Hay, attended Monoux 1956 to 1963. Professor of Immunology and Vice Principal, St George's Hospital Medical School,
- John Horner, Labour MP for Oldbury and Halesowen from 1964-70
- Doug Insole, who played for England's cricket team, attended Monoux from 1937 to 1944. During his time at Monoux, Doug was captain of Monoux cricket and football teams. Records at the college praise his captaining and suggest that he was in a class of his own, being described as "outstandingly brilliant... His batting was attractive, his fielding was faultless and he did not tire easily". Not only was he Vice-Captain of tennis and table tennis, but also Assistant Editor of "Monovian", the school newspaper.
- Sir Barry Jackson, surgeon, and President of the Royal Society of Medicine from 2002-4, the Royal College of Surgeons of England from 1998-2001, and of the British Academy of Forensic Science from 2005-7
- Jim Lewis, footballer
- Air Vice-Marshal Charles Maughan CB CBE, former Station Commander of RAF Waddington and RAF Honington
- Thomas Milner, artist
- Rear-Adm Anthony Murphy, commander of HMS Eagle from 1965-7
- Prof Donald Northcote, Professor of Plant Biochemistry at the University of Cambridge from 1972-89, who first discovered the preprophase band in 1966
- Michael Nyman, composer and musicologist.
- Dr Christopher Page, writer on medieval music
- Norman Pannell, Conservative MP for Liverpool Kirkdale from 1955-64
- John Percival MBE, dance writer for The Independent
- Dr Chris Pond OBE (1949-), founding head of the House of Commons Information Office and another prolific local author and historian, wrote the history of the school in 1977 and updated it in 2002.
- Sir Fred Pontin, founder and managing director of Pontins holiday camps, attended Monoux between 1918 and 1922.
- Sir John Pritchard CBE, conductor, Chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra from 1982-9
- Prof Geoffrey Ribbans, Kenan University Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University from 1978-99 and President of the Anglo-Catalan Society from 1976-8
- Kenneth Robinson CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hong Kong from 1965-72, and President of the Royal African Society from 1989-96
- Barry Rose OBE, conductor and organist of Guildford Cathedral from 1960-74
- Air Vice-Marshal Roy Scoggins CBE, Director of RAF Dental Services from 1958-64
- Jamie Shea, NATO spokesman, much in the news during the Kosovo crisis, attended Monoux from 1965 to 1972.
- Frederick Silvester, Conservative MP for Walthamstow West from 1967-70 and Manchester Withington from 1974-87
- John Smith, is an award winning avant–garde filmmaker noted for his use of humour, attended Monoux from 1963 to 1968.
- David Thomson, Master of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge from 1957-70
- Prof David Tucker, Professor of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Birmingham from 1955-73
- Prof Peter Twin OBE, Professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Liverpool from 1987-2001
- Prof Herman Waldmann, Professor of Pathology at the University of Oxford since 1994
Sir George Monoux Senior High School
- Jason Burt, soldier, attended Monoux from 1979 to 1981. He signed up for the Parachute Regiment straight after leaving school, aged only 16. He was killed in action in the Falklands War on 12 June 1982, still a boy at the age of 17. Jason is one of the youngest soldiers to have died for his country.
- Teddy Sherringham, former star of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur Football Club, attended Monoux in the 1970s, leaving in 1982.
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- "Ofsted report". Ofsted.gov.uk. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
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- "The South Atlantic Medal Association 82". Sama82.org. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- Sir George Monoux College website
- Sir George Monoux VLE
- School history
- Old Monovians
- Monovian extracts
- BBC stats page