Winchmore School

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Winchmore School
Motto Learning To Realise Potential
Established 1956
Type Community school
Head Master Mr. Jim Owen
Chair of Governors Belinda Chapple
Location Laburnum Grove
Winchmore Hill
N21 3HS
Coordinates: 51°37′48″N 0°05′29″W / 51.6299°N 0.0913°W / 51.6299; -0.0913
Local authority Enfield
DfE URN 102045 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students c. 1470
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours Navy blue and light blue

Winchmore School is mixed, multi-cultural secondary school situated in Winchmore Hill, North London, established in 1956 as a secondary modern school.[1] There are 1470 students with over 200 in the sixth form.


Winchmore council school was established in 1914 in Highfield Road for infants and juniors. In 1932, a secondary department was added, which became a secondary modern school after reorganisation following the Education Act 1944. In 1956, the seniors moved to the newly established Winchmore School on the opposite side of Highfield Road. It was converted to a comprehensive school in 1967.[2] In 2001, it was identified by Ofsted as achieving better results than other schools with its students who were of Black-Caribbean origin, who made up 13 per cent of the students at that time.[3]


The school is made up of three main buildings, two three floor buildings and one two floor building. After 1956 the school continued to make use of prefabricated building on the Primary school site for many years. It was initially called Winchmore Secondary Modern and its headmaster was Mr Shepherd. Later the school changed its name to Winchmore School. The school also has four music rooms all of which have an Electronic keyboard on each table.

Jackson family[edit]

Winchmore School is the only school in the world to have a long-standing relationship with the Jackson family. In September 2009 the Jackson family awarded year 12 Winchmore student Saul Nash the Michael Jackson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Expressive Arts. Saul was the first person in the world to win the award. Katherine Jackson, who spoke to Saul on the phone and congratulated him, has said that she and her daughter Janet Jackson would like to visit the school sometime in the future. Tito Jackson visited the school in December 2009, when he spoke to a group of students.[4]

Ofsted Report[edit]

In February 2010 Ofsted inspected Winchmore School and awarded it a level two overall, which makes the school the second best rated school in Enfield.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Notable former pupils include Brian Bennett, drummer in The Shadows, music composer and producer, Linda Lusardi, Paul Baker (actor), Professor Geoffrey Goodson of [5] Towson University, Maryland, USA, A R Harley,[6] creator of business A R Harley & Sons,[7] Grime Artist brothers who formed the collective 'Boy Better Know' Joseph 'Skepta' and Jamie 'JME' Adenuga,Professor Andy Ross former Deputy Director UKGovernment Economic Service. Others include Singer Egypt, Former QPR Winger Shabazz Baidoo and George Brown, the recorder of the viral video that got international attention capturing vigilantes on the streets of Enfield during the 2011 England Riots.[8]


  1. ^ Dalling, Graham (2006). "Winchmore". Secondary Schools a history. London Borough of Enfield. Archived from the original on November 8, 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ T F T Baker, R B Pugh (Editors), A P Baggs, Diane K Bolton, Eileen P Scarff, G C Tyack (1976). "Edmonton: Education". A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 5: Hendon, Kingsbury, Great Stanmore, Little Stanmore, Edmonton Enfield, Monken Hadley, South Mimms, Tottenham (1976), pp. 196-203. British History Online. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  3. ^ Davey, Anthea (November 2005). "Aiming high". Teachernet. Department for Children, Schools and Families. Retrieved 2009-04-27. 
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  8. ^ Williams, David; Kisiel, Ryan; Camber, Rebecca (2011-08-10). "Right-wing extremists hijacking the vigilante patrols protecting against looters, warn police". Daily Mail. London.