Townsend Church of England School

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Townsend C of E School is a voluntary aided secondary school based in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England. The students attending are aged between 11 and 18 years old.

The school is a Church of England school, the only one in the near area and the Headteacher is currently Mr.A.Wellbeloved BSc, PGCE.

Subjects At Townsend[edit]

Townsend School Teaches a range of subjects at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A level. Subjects included are English, Mathematics, Science, Religious Studies,History, Geography, French, German, Food Technology, Physical Education, Drama, Music, Art, Resistant Materials, ICT, Russian, Media Studies, Health and Social care and Travel and Tourism.

Sport At Townsend[edit]

Townsend compete in many sports to varying standards. The sports that they teach and compete in are; Gymnastic, Rugby, Swimming, Netball, Cross-Country, Athletics, Cricket, Tennis, Rounders, Football, Basketball, Hockey, Volleyball, Softball, Water polo, Trampolining, Swimming, Orienteering.

History of Townsend[edit]

Dean Henderson was the founder of Townsend School, coming up with the vision in 1930. Originally, he wanted to set up two separate church schools for boys and girls and many churches in the local area got involved. With help from many of the local children, building began in 1932. The school opened in 1933. The girls first headteacher was Miss Rollin and she was in charge of 180 girls. The Boys School had 111 pupils with Mr. Watson as the headteacher. Both schools opened with minimum staff. The schools faced difficult times during the Second World War, a teacher had to stay in the school overnight to make sure there was no risk from fire and some lessons had to be taken in the air raid shelter that was built.

In 1965 the girls school was moved to another site in the High Oaks area of St. Albans. In 1963 Tony Flower was headteacher at the boys school until its merger in 1973, the boys took over the rest of the original site. Both schools were merged at the High Oaks site in 1973.

In September 1974, Miss Legerton who had followed Miss Rowland as Head Teacher of the Girls' School in 1973, became Head of the merged school. The official opening of the Townsend Church of England School at the High Oaks site, was performed by the Dowager Duchess of Gloucester in May 1975.

The next step for Townsend was to introduce Heathlands School for deaf children in 1979. Soon after this, Mrs. S Greenfield became Headteacher, shortly after starting the school was threatened with closure in 1987. It wasn't until 1991 that the schools' future seemed secure. In 2012 the Heathlands school separated from Townsend and moved to another site nearby.


Coordinates: 51°46′26″N 0°20′36″W / 51.77389°N 0.34333°W / 51.77389; -0.34333