The Nobel School

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The Nobel School
The Nobel School Logo.jpg
Established 1961
Type Mixed Comprehensive
Head Teacher Martyn Henson
Chair of Governors Richard Aggus
Location Mobbsbury Way
Coordinates: 51°54′41″N 0°10′06″W / 51.911339°N 0.168270°W / 51.911339; -0.168270
Local authority Hertfordshire
DfE URN 117530 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1500
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Curie, Eliot, Mandela, Teresa
Colours Blue, Green, Red, Yellow
Website Nobel | Excellence in Everything

The Nobel School is a co-educational secondary school and sixth form located in Stevenage in the English county of Hertfordshire.


The Nobel School was founded in 1961 as a Technical Grammar School and shared a site with The Girls Grammar School on Six Hills Way, Stevenage. In 1962, the Technical Grammar School moved from Six Hills Way to Telford Avenue and with permission from The Nobel Institute, the School subsequently adopted ‘Nobel’ to become The Nobel Grammar School. In 1970, the School changed its name for the third and final time to The Nobel School.[1] Subsequently, in 1983, the School moved to the former Chells School site and the Telford Avenue buildings were demolished.

In Summer 2010, a new build programme commenced to replace the then School buildings as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme.[2] Building work continued through 2011 and 2012 and the School was officially reopened in September 2013.[3] The existing Headteacher, Martyn Henson took up post in September 2013[4] and in 2014, The Nobel School received a 'good school' rating from Ofsted.[5]

Notable students[edit]

  • Patrick Younge, former Chief Creative Officer, BBC.[6]  
  • Oliver James MBE, triple World Champion and Paralympic athlete (cox to the mixed cox four adaptive rowing team).[7]  
  • As at October 2015, Nobelian Ethan Walsh was the country’s U13 national table tennis champion, ranked No.1 in the country at both U14 and U15 level.[8]   Ethan has attended The Nobel School since 2013.
  • Peter Bissell, English road and track racing cyclist.[9]
  • Joseph and Katie James, writers, authors and illustrators.[10]
  • Kelvin Beyioku, Best Newcomer at the Urban Music Awards 2015.[11]
  • Gabz Gardiner, Britain's Got Talent contestant, singer-songwriter – peaked at number 6 in UK charts[12]
  • Yasmin Crotch reached the live finals of the X Factor in 2015 as part of the group Alien Uncovered.[13]

( Jack Gladman) (International Para Athlete 2015)


  1. ^ "Nobel School Website". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Stevenage schools to be rebuilt". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  3. ^ "Nobel School Opening Video". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  4. ^ "Head sets outstanding OFSTED record". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "OFSTED report". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  6. ^ "Patrick Younge-Speakers for Schools". Retrieved 12 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "Rio Paralympics: Rowing GOLD for Stevenage's Oliver James and GB team-mates". Retrieved 30 November 2016. 
  8. ^ "Under 13s boys - Ethan Walsh". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bike race in memory of champion". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "Brother and sister teachers from Stevenage publish". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  11. ^ "Youtube sensation wins urban music award". Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  12. ^ Gill, Nick (8 June 2013). "Interview: Gabz Gardiner's dad on Britain's Got Talent final preparations". The Comet. Archant Community Media. Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "Stevenage performers cruise through to boot camp". Retrieved 9 December 2015.