Howard of Effingham school

Howard of Effingham School
Established 1940
Type Academy
Religion Jedi
Head of school Mrs. Penington
Executive Head Mrs. Barnfield
Chair of Governors Mrs. Williamson

Lower Road
Effingham, Leatherhead
KT24 5JR
England Coordinates: 51°16′24″N 0°23′43″W / 51.2732°N 0.3953°W / 51.2732; -0.3953

Local authority Surrey
DfE URN Ofsted Reports
Students 1544
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Cromwell     , Howard     , Raleigh     , Sheridan     
Colours Black      & Yellow     

The Howard of Effingham School is an academy school for boys and girls aged 11–18, with a science specialism.


It is located in Effingham, near Leatherhead in Surrey, England. There are around 1500 students on roll.[1] The school is successful and over-subscribed, with 1.2 applications per place.

The school holds the following awards: Artsmark Gold (2002); Sportsmark Gold; Investor in People status; DfES achievement award (2002).[2] The Howard of Effingham school achieved an outstanding rating from the Ofsted report.[3]

It is east of the village of Effingham, next to the sports centre, accessed from the A246, the Guildford to Leatherhead road, and is west of Leatherhead and Fetcham. The school is overseen by the Howard Partnership, who also run Thomas Knyvett College in Twickenham. The Howard Of Effingham also leads the Effingham Learning partnership with the local Primary schools.


The school first opened in 1940 and since then has expanded to include a community sports centre, a purpose-built sixth form block and new specialist science facilities which were built after the school was designated as a science college. The name of the school comes from the Earl of Effingham family, and the Second Lord Howard of Effingham (Charles Howard, 1st Earl of Nottingham) who commanded the HMS Ark Royal (1587). The school was originally build for 240 pupils but over the years has expanded to hold 1500.

It became a specialist school in 2002.

On 5 May 2002, Howard of Effingham's year 8 boys Rugby Union team won the Daily Telegraph Emerging Schools National Tournament. They played at the half time interval between the Army and Navy at Twickenham Rugby Stadium where they ran out easy winners and claimed the best year 8 schools rugby team 2002.

In May 2012, Howard of Effingham's year 7 boys Rugby League team beat St Cuthberts (St Helens) 20-10 in the National Champions Schools semi-final in Leeds to book a place at Wembley stadium on August 25, 2012 in the Final which was Against Castleford High School (Wakefield) and was be played before the 2012 Carnegie Challenge Cup final. Howard Of Effingham won 24-22 and claimed the title of "Years 7 Schools Rugby League Champions of the UK".

Notable Alumni


External links

  • School website
  • EduBase

News items

  • Teacher suspended in October 2010

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