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  • Howard of Effingham School
    Lower Road
    KT24 5JR
  • Head: Mrs Helen Pennington
  • T 01372 453694
  • F 01372 456952
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Surrey
  • Pupils: 1,555; sixth formers: 365
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Main School Open Evening: Thursday 30th September, 6th Form Open Evening: Thursday 9th October 2021
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 3rd December 2019
  • 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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What the school says...

Converted to an academy 2011.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2012, Helen Pennington BSc NPQH, previously deputy head. A hands-on and a long-serving teacher with more than a decade’s experience at the school; a 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 Barnfield MA BSc CBE (for services to education). She is CEO of the Howard Partnership Trust...

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*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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