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  • Coombe Girls' School
    Clarence Avenue
    New Malden
    KT3 3TU
  • Head: Mrs Deborah Walls
  • T 020 8942 1242
  • F 020 8942 6385
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  • A mainstream state school for girls aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 1364
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 16th May 2013
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 29th November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

School ‘honoured’ that remains hugely oversubscribed – and not hard to see why parents would be bonkers to bust a gut securing place anywhere else if successful here. If daughter has tried out (unsuccessfully) for nearby grammars – and many have - don’t worry, stress parents. The bright flourish here, some reckon more so than they would have done in the febrile atmosphere of ultra-selective alternatives where can take full marks just to get noticed.

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Converted to an academy 2012

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking Latin at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE Short Course)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2011, Mrs Deborah Walls (40s). As executive principal of Coombe Secondary Schools Academy Trust, also has oversight of Coombe Boys’ and Knollmead, formerly a failing primary school but now undoubtedly destined for far greater things.

Her second time here – after teaching posts at Wallington High School for Girls and Langley Park, did stint in 1996 as head of languages, before being promoted to assistant head, moving back to Wallington as deputy head in 2003 and then closing in on Coombe again when was appointed in same role at boys’ school. ‘When you’ve worked [here] it becomes a part of you,’ she says. ‘It’s more than just a job, it’s part of your life.’

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