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  • Graveney School
    Welham Road
    SW17 9BU
  • Head: Mr G E Stapleton
  • 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: 2,035; sixth formers: 720
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: June and October
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 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 18th March 2015
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 12th May 2011
  • 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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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Computer Studies at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Chemistry at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking Physics at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Boys taking English Literature at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Biology at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Physics at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)
  • Excellent performance by Girls taking English Literature at an English Comprehensive School (GCSE)

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 1989, Graham Stapleton MA (60s). Read history at Trinity College, Cambridge, and started teaching at the school 40 years ago when it was Battersea Grammar School. Married with two grown-up children, his hobbies include reading (20th century American novels and historical fiction) and listening to soul and jazz. He has the air of a history professor about him. No immediate plans to retire as he wants to stay and oversee the new Tooting Primary School. ‘Fantastic and inspiring’, declared one parent. ‘He really cares about each and every student’.

Leaving in April 2019.

Academic matters

School is regarded as one of the top 200 state schools in the country. Thirty-five subjects available at A level – English literature the most popular and film studies recently added to the list. In 2018, 62...

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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.

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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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