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  • Howard of Effingham School
    Lower Road
    KT24 5JR
  • Head: Mrs Helen Pennington
  • T 01372 453694
  • F 01372 456952
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  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 1,555 ; sixth formers: 340
  • 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..

‘You’ll rarely see a science lab without a practical going on,’ one student told us, while another added, ‘The teachers are so supportive – you never feel you’re getting in the way if you knock on their office door and they’ll think nothing of spending an extra half hour with you if it’s needed.’ Lots to brag about when it comes to sporting successes, both from individual students and school teams – and indeed the school does just that every week on the PE faculty’s twitter feed. ‘To my great delight, we hold up well against our fee paying neighbours,’ smiles the head....

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Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Helen Pennington BSc NPQH, the former deputy head, who has been the head of school since 2012. A hands-on presence, Mrs Pennington heads up the senior team. A long-serving teacher with more than a decade’s experience at the school, year-long absence in 2009 to 2010 on secondment to Ofsted, followed by troubleshooting support at assorted struggling schools has given her a breadth of experience. We found her chirpy, down-to-earth and no-nonsense, while parents who know her (not all parents that we spoke to did) describe her as ‘a positive force’, ‘a good listener’ and ‘easy to talk to.’ While she doesn’t teach (except on an ad hoc basis when necessary), students told us she’s a visible presence in the school.

Since 1999, the school has been overseen by Rhona...

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