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  • Coombe Girls' School
    Clarence Avenue
    New Malden
    KT3 3TU
  • Head: Mr Andy Platt
  • T 020 8942 1242
  • F 020 8942 6385
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kingston-Upon-Thames
  • Pupils: 1,322; sixth formers: 272 (100 boys)
  • 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..

What’s not to like? ‘A pure comprehensive which is very rare and does what it does really well,’ said mother. 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. Sixth form centre a building of two halves, one for quiet study (plenty of ‘shushing’ from supervising teacher if it isn’t), common room on the other. Appears girl-heavy but boys magically appear at break time (just follow the sound of the football). Plenty of…

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What the school says...

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)

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Executive headteacher

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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