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  • Howard of Effingham School
    Lower Road
    Effingham
    Leatherhead
    Surrey
    KT24 5JR
  • Head: Mrs Helen Pennington
  • T 01372 453694
  • F 01372 456952
  • E Howard@thehoward.org
  • W www.thehoward.org
  • A mainstream state school for pupils aged from 11 to 18
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 1560
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: October
  • 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 Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 26th February 2009
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 2nd March 2006
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Parents testify to school's thoroughness of approach, despite its huge size. Indeed, there’s no hiding place if work is slipping - with a plethora of remedial help to put things right. Pastoral care and standards of behaviour also a forte here, although facilities…

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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Girls taking Design & Technology Product Design at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)

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Executive head

Since 1999, the school has been overseen by Rhona Barnfield MA BSc CBE (for services to education). She is CEO of the Howard Partnership Trust - a not-for-profit, multi-academy trust made up of nine local primary and secondary schools, including Thomas Knyvett College in Ashford and Oxted School. She chairs assorted education-related committees in Surrey, and is a member of the Regional Headteacher Board, a group elected by professionals who support the regional schools commissioner in his work in overseeing the performance of academies in south London and south east England. She is ‘more of a figurehead than anything else now,’ as one mother puts it, rarely even attending events at the school.

Day-to-day management is the remit of Mrs Helen Pennington BSc NPQH, the former deputy head, who has...

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