The Chafford School

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The Chafford School, A Specialist Business and Enterprise College
The Chafford School Logo.png
Motto Achievement for all through the pursuit of excellence
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Gary Pratt
Location Lambs Lane South
Greater London
DfE number 311/4011
DfE URN 140300 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 945
Ages 11–16

The Chafford School is a mixed secondary school with academy status located in the London Borough of Havering in Rainham, London, England.

The school specialises in Business & Enterprise, and has a dedicated business studies wing. As of 2011 approximately 1000 pupils in the 11- to 16-year-old age range attended The Chafford.

The school is partnered with five local primary schools: Rainham Village Primary School, Parsonage Farm Primary School, Brady Primary School (with whom The Chafford shares a border), Beam Primary School, and Purfleet Primary School.

The Chafford also offers a Saturday Academy, which is originally aimed at Year 11 students for revision classes and coursework catch up.

A series of events are held annually for school leavers, including a prom at Ye Olde Plough House (Essex), and a leaver’s lunch at the end of the term.


The school was opened in 1934 by Essex County Council as Rainham Senior, later Secondary Modern, School, Upminster Road, for 360 boys and girls. It moved in 1950 to new buildings in Lambs Lane for 450 children. It was enlarged in 1962 and 1971 and was renamed in 1973. In 1967 control of the school passed from Essex County Council to the London Borough of Havering. In April 2008 the school became self-governing with Foundation status.

In a 2009 Ofsted report[1] the school was described as a good and improving school and many areas of its work were judged to be outstanding. As a result, it is oversubscribed on an annual basis and Ofsted noted that its popularity is growing. The school’s mission statement is ‘Achievement for all through the pursuit of excellence’.

At the start of the academic year 2013 the foundation school successfully converted and gained academy status. The academy has now put in plans to expand and refurbish the schools buildings and completely rebuild the academy sports complex.


The current headteacher is Gary Pratt who took up the post in April 2012. The previous headteacher was Cheryl Hassell, who was appointed in 1994 and retired after 18 years service. She succeeded David Spurdle who was appointed in 1989. Previous to that the Headteacher was Allan Grantham.

Examination results[edit]

Examination results have been steadily improving for many years and in the most recent examinations in 2010, 82% of pupils gained at least 5 passes between grades A* to C at GCSE and 65% obtained at least 5 passes at A* to C including English and Mathematics. These figures are well above national and local averages. However, the schools 2013 pass rates significantly dropped to well below the national average, and similar results were attained in 2014. It is not unusual for high achieving pupils to obtain 10-12 passes at grades A* to C.[2]


The Chafford adopts the British tradition of school uniform. The Chafford uniform consists of a black blazer with the school badge, a white shirt or blouse, a red and black tie (or plain red for prefects) and black trousers or a skirt for girls.



  1. ^ "Find an inspection report". Ofsted. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  2. ^ "GCSE league tables 2010: Greater London". Telegraph. 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  3. ^ "SSAT | inquire inspire innovate impact". Retrieved 2013-10-22. 
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