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|Langley Park School for Boys|
|Motto||"mores et studia"|
|Department for Education URN||136586 Tables|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Former pupils||Old Beccehamians|
Langley Park School for Boys[a] is a co-ed secondary academy school in Beckenham in the London Borough of Bromley, with a girls sixth form. On 31 March 2011, the school converted from a Foundation School to an academy and its current status is that of an "Academy Converter".
It is situated near Eden Park and the Bethlem Royal Hospital on Hawksbrook Lane close to the boundary of the London Borough of Bromley with the London Borough of Croydon. Construction for the new school building was completed in December 2011, and the staff and pupils moved into the building in January 2012, following which the old buildings were demolished. The new school campus now includes a self-contained performance centre, which is the concert home of the Bromley Symphony Orchestra and is regularly used by the Bromley Youth Music Trust.
- At 11+, admission to the school is according to the London Borough of Bromley education admissions procedures.
- At 16+, the school has changed its admissions policy and it is now also dependent on the proximity of the pupil's home to the school.
- At 16+, the school is co-educational.
Langley Park School for Boys is one of the few state schools that play rugby and hockey, and is one of the top three hockey schools in the country, having competed in the last four national finals.
In 2010, the under-16 team were crowned national champions, the first comprehensive school to achieve this. In 2013 the under-18 team was nearly crowned national champions with an unbeaten record in the tournament; however, they narrowly missed out to the eventual winners Whitgift School on goal difference.
LPSB offers a wide range of sports, including rugby and hockey, from year 7. The new buildings for the school provide private hockey facilities for the school, which are currently being shared with Langley Park School for Girls. Other sports include cricket, tennis and basketball.
Langley Park School for Boys' music department offers groups from the traditional concert band, chamber orchestra, brass band and choir, to world music styles, including a Cuban band and an African drumming group.
In 2013, the brass band was one of the finalists of the national Music for Youth competition who were selected to perform at Royal Albert Hall. The band played in the Primary Proms show, and performed Take That's "Shine", the theme from The Magnificent Seven and Concierto de Aranjuez.
The school was originally the Beckenham Technical Institute, opening in 1901 and situated in what is now the Studio, Beckenham. The school went through a variety of name changes in its early days: the Technical Day School, Beckenham; Beckenham Secondary School; Beckenham County School for Boys; Beckenham and Penge County School for Boys; in 1944 it was the Beckenham and Penge County Grammar School under headmaster L.W. White, MA (Cantab). In 1950 the school was mentioned in Nature (journal) the scientific journal. The article in Nature explained that a periodical named "Beckenham and Penge Grammar School : Scientific Society Proceedings" existed in which scientific work done by the boys was reported. By 1954 it was called Beckenham and Penge Grammar School for Boys.
An increase in size meant the school moved to new buildings in High St, Penge, in 1931. It moved from Penge to its present location in Eden Park, Beckenham, in January 1969, at which point it adopted its current name. In the late 1980s, schools could opt out of local government control by becoming a Grant-maintained school which were funded by a direct grant of money from the central government. This new arrangement enabled schools to have greater control of their finances than they would have had under local government control. Hansard indicates that a ballot of parents occurred on 8 March 1991 regarding the question of the school becoming a "grant maintained school". The school was given a grant of £60,000 as a transitional grant.
The school outgrew its present accommodation and a completely new building was constructed adjacent to the location of the former school, which was occupied from January 2012.
The school motto, Mores et Studia, means "good character and learning".
The school started in 1901, as the Beckenham Technical Institute at a site close to Beckenham's public baths the headmaster was Mr C.T.F. Watts, in 1931 he was replaced by Mr S. Gammon who had been at the Windsor County School. In October 1940 Mr Gammon was killed by a bomb dropped during the war. He was replaced by Mr L.W. White who was appointed in September 1941. In December 1962, Mr white retired and was replaced with Mr D.A. Raeburn.
Five terms after the school relocated to its current site, off South Eden Park Road, headmaster David A. Raeburn retired, and was replaced by B.A. Phythian (a master from Manchester Grammar School and successful academic author), who led the school as it converted to comprehensive status. Brian Phythian had written and edited some books on the subject of the English language which include  and the Manchester Grammar School.
In December 1989, Brian Phythian was succeeded by R.V.P. Sheffield, who was in the post until 1999, leaving the school under allegations of financial irregularities. The deputy headteacher, K McGregor, took over as acting headteacher until the appointment of R Northcott in 2001, who retired in July 2013. It is stated in the 1990 year book that Mr Sheffield had a degree in Psychology from the University of Nottingham and a MEd from Birmingham University. The yearbook also states that Mr Sheffield was working in a school in Waddington before being senior master at a school in Worcester in 1978, in 1984 he became deputy head at Newent School. Mr Sheffield was mentioned in a news paper article about a £50,000 out of court settlement relating to the occupational asthma suffered by David Parker a former Craft Design and Technology teacher at the school.
The current headteacher is Steve Parsons, who started in September 2013.
In early November 2006, Bromley Council granted LPSB a sum of £32.3-million as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme for a complete rebuild of the school, including state of the art facilities shared by Bromley Youth Music Trust, as well as Bromley Symphony Orchestra.
Construction of the new main building started in early 2010 and was completed on the site of the old rugby field. Originally the building was planned to begin construction in 2008 for completion in late 2009, but, due to legal issues with the neighbouring Langley Park School for Girls, the building work was delayed.
The new school was formally opened in a special ceremony in 2014.
The new facilities include a 400+ seater performance space, the Bromley Hall, as well as a studio lecture/drama/cinema theatre, which seats 100+, and the centre offers several hospitality and artists' areas.
Notable former pupils
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- Bradley Pritchard, former Charlton Athletic footballer
- Rory Allen, former Tottenham Hotspur and Portsmouth footballer
- Harold Sydney Bride, wireless operator on the RMS Titanic
- Norman Hunter, writer, creator of Professor Branestawm
- Robert Key, former England cricketer and Kent County Cricket Club captain
- Henry Mee, artist
- John Tyndall, Neo-Nazi political activist
- David Case, air commodore, highest ranking black officer in the British Forces
- Jack McManus, singer/songwriter
- Tom Misch, singer, songwriter, producer
- Scott Jenkins, DJ and music producer under alias Skepsis
- Matt Hankin ,English rugby union player, played for saracens.
Beckenham and Penge County Grammar School
- Hugh Bean CBE, professor of violin at the Royal College of Music 1954–2003
- Carey Blyton, composer of Bananas in Pyjamas
- Air Vice-Marshal Ronald Dick CB, station commander of RAF Honington 1978–80, and head of British Defence Staff – US 1984–88
- Michael Finnissy, composer and professor of composition since 1999 at the University of Southampton
- Patrick Ground, Conservative MP for Feltham and Heston 1983–92
- John Clifford Strong CBE, Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands 1978–82
- Derek Underwood, Kent and England bowler (known as "Deadly" by the Australians)
- Bill Wyman, musician, ex-member of the Rolling Stones
- Keith Lewin, professor of international education and director of the Centre for International Education at the University of Sussex, author of 18 books on education and development, consultant to UN agencies, and honorary professor of Beijing Normal and Zhejiang Universities in China.
- Also known as Langley Park Boys' School or LPBS
- Edubase[permanent dead link]
- Nature (1950) 166: 768. doi:10.1038/166768b0
- Langley Park Boys School Yearbook 1990
- A Concise Dictionary of Correct English, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 1979, ISBN 978-1442233867
- A concise dictionary of English slang, B.A. Phythian, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1976
- English grammar, B.A. Phythian, Teach Yourself, Sevenoaks, 1980
- Correct English, B.A. Phythian, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1985, ISBN 0340429968
- A concise dictionary of foreign expressions, B.A. Phythian, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1982, ISBN 034028174X
- Good English, B.A. Phythian, Teach Yourself, Sevenoaks, 1985
- A concise dictionary of English idioms, B.A. Phythian, Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1993
- Considering poetry : an approach to criticism, W. Barton and others, edited by B.A. Phythian, English Universities Press, London, 1970
- The Manchester Grammar School, 1515–1965, Edited by J.A Graham and Brian Arthur Phythian, Manchester University Press, Manchester, 1965
- Suspended Head Will Face Hearing, 1 January 2000, News Shopper
- Copsey, Nigel (2008). Contemporary British Fascism: The British National Party and the Quest for Legitimacy (second ed.). London and New York: Routledge. p. 110. ISBN 978-0230574373.