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  • Archbishop Tenison's School
    55 Kennington Oval
    SE11 5SR
  • Head: Mrs Elizabeth Sims MA
  • T 020 7735 3771
  • F 020 7793 8519
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  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Lambeth
  • Pupils: 525
  • Religion: Church of England
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Inadequate 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Inadequate 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Inadequate 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Inadequate 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Inadequate 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Inadequate 1
    • 1 Full inspection 19th October 2016
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Good on 20th January 2012
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Extended sixth form centre with study room and kitchen seen as a great success by pupils. Large proportion of sixth formers have own laptops, subsidised by school. A sixth form psychology class we sat in on was impressive – students fully engaged, lively, full of questions, keen to participate and enjoying their learning. Wide variety of clubs on offer, including philosophy, ICT, basketball and the very popular Debate Mate, which teaches debating to inner-city schools in areas of high child poverty. Pupils are encouraged to look beyond the school walls and some boys recently gave a presentation to TfL on safe and sustainable transport...

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Art & Design at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive headmistress

Since 2006, Mrs Elizabeth Sims, BEd MA, who is also executive head of federated St Mark's Primary School. Initial degree in religious studies and English from Institute of Education, followed by MA in education management and administration. Previously deputy head at St Saviour’s and St Olave’s School. Passionate about young people’s development and learning; has been involved in youth work since the age of 16. A member of the Tate Britain Advisory Council. Committed Christian. Loves reading.

Academic matters

At GCSE in 2016, 58 per cent scored five or more A*-C grades including English and maths. Pupils generally take nine or 10 GCSEs, though some take as many as 13. BTec results strong. School is particularly proud of its excellent maths teaching. RS is a compulsory subject for all years from the off.

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