Grange School, Aylesbury

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The Grange School
Established 1954[1]
Type Foundation secondary school
Headteacher Mr Vincent Thomas Murray
Location Wendover Way
HP21 7NH
51°48′33″N 0°47′57″W / 51.80916°N 0.79910°W / 51.80916; -0.79910Coordinates: 51°48′33″N 0°47′57″W / 51.80916°N 0.79910°W / 51.80916; -0.79910
Local authority Buckinghamshire
DfE URN 110488 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1323[2]
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

The Grange School is a co-educational secondary school in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England.

It is a foundation school, which takes children from the age of 11 through to the age of 18. The school has approximately 1250 pupils.[3]

In 1959 the school was visited by the Duchess of Kent in celebration of the 10th anniversary of Mother's Clubs in Buckinghamshire.[4] The school is also notable as the location where the jury retired to consider their verdict in the Great Train Robbery case in 1963. Specifically the jury used the room that is now the main office of the youth centre on the school site.[5]

Notable former pupils include Ellen White, (England Ladies Footballer),[6] Brendan Carr,[7] John Otway,[8] Iain Rogerson,[citation needed] Matt Phillips,[9] Robert Hall.[10][11]

A more notorious former pupil is Samantha Louise Lewthwaite, also known as Sherafiyah Lewthwaite or the White Widow, who has been implicated in terrorist activity, linked to Somali Islamist group al-Shabab and currently wanted by Interpol.

The Grange is a member of the Aylesbury Vale Leading Edge Partnership which also includes Aylesbury Vale Academy and Waddesdon Church of England School.[12]

The uniform at Grange for KS3 is a navy blue jumper with the school logo, sky blue polo shirt with logo, smart black trousers or knee length black skirt and smart shoes.[13]

KS4 students wear a black skirt or trousers with a blue shirt and blazer with optional tie and a blazer.

Sixth form students wear clothing suitable for office wear - suits for boys and smart clothing for girls.

Prior to the recent changes, the uniform was more traditional with black V-neck jumpers, white shirts and a tie.

Before the current headmaster Mr. Vince Murray was appointed, the school underwent several years of temporary headmasters/mistresses due to the leaving of the school's long serving headmaster, Mr Alan Silver, who had to leave his position due to deterioration of health.

As of 2008 The Grange achieved healthy school status as the canteen within the school serves a wide variety of healthy and nutritious foods and drinks.

The school has extensive facilities including a Mathematics department, English department, Science department, ICT suites, Technology department, Performing Arts department, Humanities department (Religious Studies, Geography & History), Practical Arts department, Fitness Suite, Sports Hall, Main Hall, Canteen, Sixth Form Common Rooms, All-Weather Pitch, Language department, Business department, Support for Learning department, Health & Social department, Physical Education classrooms and a Music department with practise rooms.

In early 2009 The Grange was awarded Business and Enterprise status and underwent refurbishment in areas of the school, funded by the Business & Enterprise grant.


  1. ^ Lambert, Tim. "A Brief History of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire". Local Histories. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  2. ^ "URN 110488 The Grange School". Edubase/DfE. Retrieved 25 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "The Grange School". The Good Schools Guide. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 
  4. ^ The Bucks Herald (2001) Memory Lane Aylesbury: The Post-War Years. Derby: Breedon Books
  5. ^ Hodson, Tom (3 May 2007). "The crime of the century". The Buckingham and Winslow Advertiser. 
  6. ^ "Ellen scores an England success". The Bucks Herald. Johnston Publishing. 2005-11-10. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  7. ^ "Interview with Brendan Carr". Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  8. ^ Chalmers, Robert (20 August 2006). "John Otway: The world is not enough". The Independent on Sunday. 
  9. ^ "Phillips tipped to be next £50m superstar". The Bucks Herald. Retrieved 2011-05-20. 
  10. ^ "Grange pupil Hall gets another England call". The Bucks Herald. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 2012-02-04. 
  11. ^ "Hazel Blacher musician extraordinaire on Soundcloud". 
  12. ^ "The Standards Site: What is the Leading Edge Partnership programme?". DfES. Retrieved 2006-09-29. 
  13. ^ "School Uniform". The Grange School. Retrieved 2010-08-01. 

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