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Jubilee High School

Jubilee High School
Established September 2002
Type Academy
Executive Headteacher James Kibble
Headteacher Stephen Price
Consultant Headteacher Alex Russell
Location School Lane
KT15 1TE
Local authority Surrey County Council
DfE number 936/4000
DfE URN 139948 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff >100
Students 800
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Website .uk.sch.surreyjubileehigh

Jubilee High School is a coeducational secondary school with academy status, located in Addlestone, Surrey, England. The school holds Artsmark Gold Award and International School status.


  • History 1
  • Students 2
  • International Links 3
  • Arts 4
  • Notable Alumni 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


The school was formed in September 1985 by the merger of St Paul's County Secondary School, Addlestone and The Meads County Secondary School, Chertsey, on the St Paul's site. Stepgates County Secondary School, Chertsey, had merged with The Meads in 1964.[1][2][3]

Originally the school was called Abbeylands School. The Foundation Trustees own a large site that goes back to ownership by Chertsey Abbey.[4]

Standards declined, until by 2000 Abbeylands was the lowest performing Surrey state secondary school in the published league tables.[5][6] In September 2000 the school had only 541 pupils on roll against a capacity of 800; the school estimated that it needed 750 pupils on roll to achieve sufficient financial viability to erode a substantial deficit (about £160,000). Options for the future of the school, including closure, federation with another school and regeneration, were considered by the LEA, Surrey County Council.[6]

Abbeylands was identified as a Fresh Start school and closed, to reopen renamed Jubilee High in September 2002.[7][8]

Jubilee High was established as a Foundation School supported by a Trust[note 1] in partnership with Nord Anglia Education plc, in what was at the time a radical plan for private sector involvement in state education.[9][10][11][12][13] Nord Anglia won the seven-year contract to help run the school in a competition reportedly shortlisted against Vosper Thorneycroft,[9][note 2] following its previous work with Abbeylands, which had been the first school management contract awarded to a profit making company.[8][18][19] The Department for Education and Skills awarded £2.5 million of start-up funding following a joint submission by Nord Anglia and Surrey County Council.[18]

Educational performance of the school remained below average for several more years.[20][21][22] In its inspection in March 2005, the school was judged by Ofsted inspectors to provide an acceptable education, with achievement and quality of teaching judged satisfactory overall. However it was found to have 'serious weaknesses' in the teaching of English, and in children's attitude and behaviour.[23][24] There was a very high turnover of staff. During the two years following its opening, two deputy principals left. One third of the teaching staff resigned in the summer of 2004. In July 2004, the principal left at very short notice. The school had five principals in as many years.[23][25][26][27][28]

Gareth Balch took up post as principal in September 2005.[4][27]

The proportion of pupils gaining five or more A* to C GCSE passes including English and mathematics rose from 14% in 2006; to 22% in 2007; 35% in 2008 and 44% in 2009.[29] Jubilee High was recognised as a rapidly improving school: in March 2009 it was the 12th most improved school in England for GCSE results including English and mathematics.[30][31][32]

The results for 2011 show that 46% of pupils gained five or more A* to C GCSEs (or equivalent) including English and mathematics.[33][34] 80% of pupils achieved five or more A* to C grade GCSEs (or equivalent) and 91% achieved five or more A* to G grades. 98% of pupils achieved at least one qualification.[33] Nevertheless it remains near the bottom of the results league table for Surrey schools.[35]

In April 2012, Gareth Balch stood down as principal following an unfavourable Ofsted inspector’s report. The school was given notice to improve, needing to raise achievement, especially in mathematics.[36][37]

In January 2012, the Prince’s Teaching Institute[38] awarded a PTI Mark to the History department at Jubilee High.[39][40]

In January 2013 Stephen Price took over the role as Headmaster.

In the Ofsted inspection on July 2013 the quality of teaching, behaviour of pupils and the leadership and management were all rated as good whereas the achievement of pupils and the overall report were rated as requiring improvement.

In 2013 the school had the best results in its 28 years with 96% of its students gaining five or more GCSEs at grade C or above and 60% of its students gaining five or more GCSEs including English and Mathematics at C or above. Mr Price the Headteacher, stated on the website: "The students' examination results are fantastic and they deserve success. I would personally like to congratulate all of our students, as well as thanking parents and the school's staff for their relentless support of students to help gain these outstanding results."[41]

As of September 2013 the school achieved academy status. It is now part of the Bourne Education Trust, a Surrey-based multi-academy trust that includes Epsom and Ewell High School and Matthew Arnold School.[42]


With capacity for 800 pupils (160 per year group), Jubilee values being small and caring, offering a fully comprehensive education. The vast majority of students in years 7, 8 and 9 are not often first choice. Surrey County Council is in discussion with the school to increase the roll, however the school remains small.

International Links

In January 2007 Jubilee High gained full International status just six months after application, and this achievement was celebrated by the British Council at an awards ceremony.[43] The school has been awarded Advanced International School Status for 2010 to 2013 by the British Council.[44]

The school has created links with other schools internationally: Elde College in Schijndel, The Netherlands; St Jadwiga the Queen Gymnasium in Luborzyca, Poland; Lilongwe Community School, Malawi; and Jubilee International School, Amman, Jordan. [45][46]

Through its links with the Little Flower School, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Jubilee High came into contact with the African Children's Choir. During a visit in 2006, Jubilee hosted the African Children's Choir, who performed at Jubilee High and in Assemblies, having a major influence on the motivation and belief in education of the British teenagers. The choir returned twice and a new choir visited in May and July 2008. A former member and Choir teacher has been given a training place at Jubilee in ICT.[43] The choir has appeared on BBC news and has performed for Simon Cowell, reportedly bringing tears to his eyes.

Further opportunities are provided for students to visit other countries. Recent destinations have included China, Kenya, South Africa, Italy, USA and France.[46]


A new Learning Resource Centre and Performing Arts Centre were opened in 2007, featuring a state-of-the-art theatre with a seating capacity of 230. The horseshoe-shaped theatre incorporates a sprung timber floor surrounded on three sides by a two-tiered seating moat, allowing the theatre to be used as a theatre-in-the-round. A series of overhead walkways provide access to the stage lighting and are designed for use as a teaching aid, providing pupils with the opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the technical aspects of a production. The school runs theatre arts courses and the theatre is used by other schools and the Open University.[47][48]

Performances by the school have included "My Fair Lady", "Our Town", "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" and "Guys and Dolls" (2009). In 2011 the school performed Grease.[49]

In June 2009, Jubilee was awarded Artsmark Gold, the top award, on its first attempt.[44]

Jubilee High has been awarded Specialist College status for Performing Arts and ICT, meaning that new funds will be gradually made available to develop the Arts and ICT, both at school and in the community. Its business partners include: Royal Caribbean Cruise Line; Thorpe Park; Beacon Church; a Chertsey-based Architectural company; The Diocese of Guildford, and local people. The school plans to use additional capital funds to create a community radio station and recording studio.[44]

In 2013 the school performed the musical South Pacific.

Notable Alumni

  • Tracey Ullman, stage and television actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, screenwriter and author (Meads)
  • Mark Stephens CBE, lawyer and broadcaster (St Paul's)


  1. ^ Jubilee High Foundation (Company No. 0452193) was formed on 29 August 2002 and subsequently dissolved on 11 May 2010, according to Companies House WebCheck.
  2. ^ Vosper Thorneycroft, renamed VT Group, subsequently operated a £100 million seven-year contract from 2004 to provide services to support education in Surrey, delivered through its joint venture with Surrey County Council, VT Four S,[14][15] and extended from 2011.[16] VT Four S was renamed Babcock Four S after the acquisition of VT Group by Babcock International Group completed 8 July 2010.[17]


  1. ^ D-block GB-504000-165000 BBC Domesday Reloaded
  2. ^ STEPGATES SCHOOL, CHERTSEY: RECORDS, 1889-1964; ST PAUL'S COUNTY SECONDARY SCHOOL, ADDLESTONE: RECORDS, 1961-78 Reference Number: 3498, Surrey History Centre archives
  4. ^ a b Jubilee High website - History
  5. ^ Abbeylands School Surrey GCSE/GNVQ performance Education League Tables 2000 - England 11-18 establishments BBC News
  6. ^ a b Development of Secondary Education in Addlestone, Surrey County Council, 8 January 2001
  7. ^ Abbeylands, Department for Education Edubase2
  8. ^ a b Jubilee High, Department for Education Edubase2
  9. ^ a b 'Parent power' in school funding, BBC News 15 May 2001
  10. ^ Private firm to run ailing state school, BBC News 22 May 2001
  11. ^ Is this school privatisation?, BBC News 25 May 2001
  12. ^ State education's private ambitions, BBC News 5 September 2001
  13. ^ Private 'partners' not 'take-overs', BBC News 30 September 2002
  14. ^ VT Group named preferred bidder for Surrey School Support Services, VT Group press release 3 April 2003
  15. ^ Surrey County Council and VT Group launch VT Four S, VT Group press release 5 July 2004
  16. ^ VT Group extends education agreement with Surrey County Council, VT Group press release 25 May 2010
  17. ^ Completion of Acquisition Babcock International plc, 8 July 2010
  18. ^ a b Focused on education - Interim Statement for the six months ended 28 February 2002, Nord Anglia Education plc
  19. ^ Annual Report and Accounts for the year ended 31 August 2002, Nord Anglia Education plc
  20. ^ Jubilee High School GCSE/GNVQ performance in Surrey, BBC News, 15 January 2004
  21. ^ Jubilee High School Schools in Surrey, BBC News, 19 January 2006
  22. ^ Jubilee High School Schools in Surrey, BBC News, 11 January 2007
  23. ^ a b School inspection report 28 Feb 2005, Ofsted published 13 May 2005
  24. ^ John Clare 11 May 2005, Daily Telegraph
  25. ^ Section 8 inspection report 5 Oct 2005, Ofsted published 31 Jan 2006
  26. ^ School inspection report 20 June 2007, Ofsted published 20 Jul 2007
  27. ^ a b School inspection report 20-21 June 2007 ref HMI 2507 Ofsted
  28. ^ West End Extra, 23 September 2005
  29. ^ Jubilee High School, BBC News, 15 January 2010
  30. ^ The 'most improved' secondary schools in England 2009, BBC News, 15 January 2010
  31. ^ Joy at Jubilee High over new report on school, get Surrey, 14 November 2008
  32. ^ Section 8 inspection report 10 November 2009, Ofsted published 16 Jan 2010
  33. ^ a b Department for Education Performance Tables
  34. ^ Daily Telegraph GCSE league tables
  35. ^ Secondary school league tables in Surrey BBC News, 26 January 2012
  36. ^ School inspection report 14 Mar 2012, Ofsted published 3 May 2012
  37. ^ "Jubilee High head quits after poor Ofsted report". Get Surrey. 2012-05-04. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  38. ^ Prince’s Teaching Institute Schools Programme
  39. ^ Surrey Herald, 19 January 2012
  40. ^ Jubilee International High Schools' Contact News Letter, Issue 174 - 23 January 2012
  41. ^ "Jubilee High". Jubilee High school website. Retrieved August 22, 2013. 
  42. ^
  43. ^ a b Jan Leeming's blog, 14 May 2008
  44. ^ a b c Jubilee High website - Latest News
  45. ^ Jubilee High website - Linked Schools
  46. ^ a b Jubilee International High School prospectus
  47. ^ Aedas - Jubilee High School, architects
  48. ^ ACT Consultant Services - Jubilee High School, Addlestone
  49. ^ Grease - gallery of photos

External links

  • Jubilee High School website
  • Bourne Education Trust
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