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  • Graveney School
    Welham Road
    SW17 9BU
  • Head: Mrs Cynthia Rickman
  • T 020 8682 7000
  • F 020 8767 5883
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Wandsworth
  • Pupils: 2,204; sixth formers: 825
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Virtual Open Days
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 30th November 2022
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 17th March 2015
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Pupils are proud to belong to the school. ‘Now I’m at Graveney I believe I can do anything’, a year 9 student told us proudly. When we visited at break time, students were orderly and well behaved. Pupils all stood up when principal entered class – emphasis on good old-fashioned manners. No lockers, so pupils have to carry everything round with them, complained one parent. School meals fantastic – delicious food and good selection, though some grumbles about…

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2020, Cynthia Rickman, previously vice principal. An alumna of the Royal Academy of Music, she has a decade of experience working in education policy development, followed by 23 years as a member of the Graveney senior team. During those years she became deputy chief executive of the Graveney Trust, opening a new primary school in 2012 at the request of the local authority. A second local primary school joined the trust in 2018.


For year 7 entry all applicants take the Wandsworth year 6 test. This selects 25 per cent of places by ability (63 pupils out of 2,000 who sit the exam), with 75 per cent selected on proximity to school. Sibling policy now applies to all pupils, including ability places (although it does not guarantee a place in the extension group: pupils...

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Who came from where

Who goes where

Special Education Needs

No comment from the school, but a good number of statemented students, reportedly make good progress. Those with behavioural difficulties are well-supported, via social inclusion unit.

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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