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Venerable trees, well-tended shrubbery beds and a few hanging baskets greet the visitor and the reception area is more friendly smiles than forbidding security measures. Pupils are well-turned out, the place is in good nick and we saw little litter....

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Drayton Manor High School in West London is a handsome, red-brick building built in the 1930s on the site of Hanwell Park House, land that had been previously owned by the then local historian, Sir Montague Sharpe.

The school first opened as a grammar school, then becoming a comprehensive in 1973, grant-maintained in 1992 and a Foundation School in 1998. In 2004 the schools Head, Sir Pritpal Singh (knighted in 2005 in the Queens birthday Honours for services to education) was recognised as the Headteacher of the Year for London and the school was named in the Chief Inspectors Report to Parliament as an outstanding school. The last OFSTED report described Sir Pritpal as having a strong, clear vision and someone who had successfully established an outstanding ethos in the school.

The school received academy status in August 2011 and today provides an education for almost 1,600 students aged 1119. It prides itself on its high academic standards and excellence across the board.
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking History at an English Comprehensive School (GCE A level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Government & Politics at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Latin at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

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Venerable trees, well-tended shrubbery beds and a few hanging baskets greet the visitor and the reception area is more friendly smiles than forbidding security measures. Pupils are well-turned out, the place is in good nick and we saw little litter. Classroom after classroom was engaged in orderly and seemingly...

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Since 1994, Sir Pritpal Singh BSc MA FRSA, educated at Highgate School and London University, where he read chemistry (50s). Previously deputy head at Cranford Community School, prior to which he was head of chemistry, head of science and head of year in various other comprehensive schools, mainly in London. His own schooling (DMHS has academic links with Highgate) and, perhaps, his current school’s early history as a grammar, underlie his approach, and grammar school virtues seem subtly to strengthen this non-selective comprehensive. Premier league football

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