The Bishop Wand Church of England School

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The Bishop Wand Church of England School
Bishop Wand emblem.png
Motto Realising God-given potential
Established c. 1969
Type Voluntary aided academy
Religion Church of England
Headteacher Mr. D. Aldridge
Deputy Headteachers Miss. E. Yandell, Miss Y. Hunt
Location Laytons Lane
TW16 6LT
Coordinates: 51°24′37″N 0°25′34″W / 51.4102°N 0.4260°W / 51.4102; -0.4260
Local authority Surrey County Council
DfE number 936/4763
DfE URN 138491 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students approx. 1,100
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Chichester, Kensington, Lancaster, Salisbury, Winchester and York

Crimson & gold          
House colours:

Publication The Read

The Bishop Wand Church of England School is a voluntary-aided[1] secondary school with academy status in Sunbury-on-Thames, England.[2] The school has been co-educational since its founding and caters for students in the 11–18 age range in that it has its own sixth form. The school has six houses, named after relevant Anglican dioceses to the life of its namesake, Bishop Wand, which compete in sports and other activities.


The Bishop Wand Church of England School was founded in 1969 to serve, alongside non-Anglican schools and a few fellow Anglican-ethos schools, the Borough of Spelthorne and the London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Hounslow.

The prominent Anglican cleric for whom the school is named is Bishop William Wand who served 22 years as a Bishop then resigned in 1956 to serve as Canon and Treasurer of St Paul's Cathedral in London. His first position was Archbishop of Brisbane and he finished in post as Bishop of London. He ministered to many people over his lifetime (1885 – 1977) and worked in many cities and towns. Bishop Wand School decided to choose some of the places where the Bishop visited and ministered as its House names.[3]

A small minority of the parish land has long belonged to St Paul's in return for annual funding and the right to appoint the vicar: in 1222 the right to appoint the vicar of Sunbury-on-Thames was transferred along with the manor from Westminster Abbey to the body representing the cathedral, the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's. By the agreement which gave effect to this St. Paul's were to appropriate the church, ordaining a perpetual and well-endowed vicarage. St Paul's at the direction of its Diocese of London gave up much of its remaining land to endow the school.[4]


The facilities at the Bishop Wand Church of England School include a three-floor main building and buildings for:

  • Languages
  • Mathematics
  • The sciences
  • Lunch hall
  • Various subjects studied (the Bishop's Building)
  • Sports block

Other sports and fitness facilities include:

  • AstroTurf courts
  • Designated fields for outdoor sports.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "FAQ - Governors and Friends Fund". website. see section "Where does the money go?": Copyright © 2014 Bishop Wand School. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "School Overview - Bishop Want School". Department for Education. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  3. ^ House System Bishop Wand School - retrieved 2014-10-30.
  4. ^ Susan Reynolds (Editor) (1962). "Sunbury: Churches". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 30 October 2014. 
  5. ^ "Adam London". CricketArchive. Retrieved 9 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "Questions & Answers". Glenn Fabry. Retrieved 3 December 2014. 

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