Stationers' Crown Woods Academy

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Stationers' Crown Woods Academy
Stationers' Crown Woods Academy.svg
145 Bexley Road

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Coordinates51°27′08″N 0°04′34″E / 51.45219°N 0.07619°E / 51.45219; 0.07619Coordinates: 51°27′08″N 0°04′34″E / 51.45219°N 0.07619°E / 51.45219; 0.07619
MottoAspire, Strive, Thrive
Relentlessly pursuing excellence...[1]
Department for Education URN141309 Tables
PrincipalDavid Millar
Age11 to 18

Stationers' Crown Woods Academy is a coeducational secondary school and sixth form with academy status, located in the Eltham area of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in London, England. The school is built upon the land that was formerly King Henry VIII's hunting grounds (hence 'Crown Woods'). As well as holding pupils from Eltham, the school also attracts pupils from nearby Falconwood.

First known as Crown Woods School, the school in 1958. It was reopened in new £50million buildings designed by Nicholas Hare Architects in 2011 and was renamed Crown Woods College.[2]


At one point Crown Woods was the largest comprehensive school in London with 2600 pupils. There was a boarding section for 120 called the lodge, that housed mainly children of serving army personnel.[3]

Crown Woods was critical of the cursory inspections that Ofsted used, and challenged a negative judgment in court. Ofsted lost, Chris Woodhead resigned and Mike Tomlinson became chief inspector.[4]


It is structured into four 'home schools', each in separate buildings.[2] The scheme received a RIBA London Award in 2012 and was commended at the Civic Trust Awards the same year. Three of the schools are for pupils aged 11 to 16 and pupils are allocated to the schools based on ability, skills and interests.[5] The fourth school is a dedicated sixth form centre for 16- to 18-year-old students.[6]

Previously a community school governed by Greenwich London Borough Council, Crown Woods College converted to academy status on 1 September 2014 and was renamed Stationers' Crown Woods Academy. The school is part of the Leigh Academies Trust[7] and is sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers.[8]


Stationers' Crown Woods Academy offers GCSEs, BTECs and vocational courses as programmes of study for pupils, while students in the sixth form have the option of studying from a range of A Levels as well as further BTECs, SPASTCs, GNVQs, and other vocational courses.


  • Peter Wells
  • Linda Neal
  • Michael Murphy [2]
  • David Miller

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Crown Life Issue 3" (PDF). Stationers' Crown Woods Academy. February 2017. Retrieved 4 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Davis, Rowenna (25 July 2011). "School colour-codes pupils by ability". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  3. ^ "The Lodge, Crown Woods School". Army Rumour Service. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  4. ^ Wragg, Ted (28 November 2000). "The end of an Ofsted era". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  5. ^ Loveys, Kate (27 July 2011). "Colour-coded children: School puts bright children in different uniforms". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers Ltd. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  6. ^ Muffett, Tim (14 January 2013). "Inside the three parts of Crown Woods College". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  7. ^ "Stationers' Crown Woods Academy". Leigh Academies Trust. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  8. ^ Stuart-Turner, Richard (29 September 2014). "Stationers' Company sponsors first UK digital academy". PrintWeek. MA Business Limited. Retrieved 15 December 2016.

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