|Raynes Park High School|
|Type||Comprehensive community school|
|Mottoes||To each his need, from each his power (Traditional) Inspiring learning; achieving excellence (Modern)|
|Department for Education URN||102674 Tables|
|Chair of Governors||Michael Ross|
|Age||11 to 19|
|Houses||Miltons, Gibbs, Halliwells and Newsoms|
|Colour(s)||White, red, yellow and purple|
Raynes Park High School is situated at the junction of the Kingston bypass (A3) and Bushey Road (A298). To the east, it is bounded by West Barnes Lane (B282), and just east of the boundary between the boroughs of Kingston upon Thames (New Malden) and Merton, and just north of the Shannon Corner junction of the A3/B282.
TfL contracted bus routes that serve the school include 131, 152, 265, 655, K5, N87 with nearby National Rail stations include New Malden, Motspur Park and Raynes Park all operated by South Western Railway and all within the oyster fare zone.
The school first came into being as a boys only grammar school in 1935. It remained as such for the next 34 years until 1969 when it became a 13–18 boys' comprehensive. In September 1990, when as along with the rest of the borough's schools, it became a 12–16 mixed comprehensive. Finally in September 2010 like all other high schools in the borough, the school's sixth form was re-instated. The school is now an official mixed 11–19.
Following the conversion of Merton's education system to a two tier structure in the 1990s, the school's sixth form was closed. Students wishing to take A-levels enrolled at various colleges or sixth forms in the area. Subsequently, sixth form centres were re-introduced for all Merton High Schools and in September 2010 the purpose built sixth form block opened its doors to Year 12 students.
The Head Teacher is Kirsten Heard and the Chair of Governors is Michael Ross. The school last had an Ofsted inspection in January 2019, when it was graded Good.
There have been eight Headteachers:
- John Garrett,
- Charles Wrinch
- T. Henry Porter
- G. David N. Giles
- Brian Butler
- John D. Massey
- Ian Newman
- Phillip Wheatley
- Kirsten Heard
W.H. Auden, who had collaborated with the founding headmaster, John Garett, on an anthology called The Poet’s Tongue in 1935, composed the words for the school song, though the original has been since shortened and modernised.
Raynes Park has four Houses: Miltons, Gibbs, Halliwells and Newsoms. The Houses are all identified by distinctive ties (Miltons:white, Gibbs:red, Halliwells:yellow and Newsoms:purple). These names were taken from four of the first five teachers. The fifth teacher, Cobb, also had a House (Cobbs:green) and the name remained in use for some buildings until December 2002
- FA Charter Standard Development School Award for outstanding contribution to Football
- Sport England Sports Mark Award for delivery of national PE
Guinness world record
Notable former pupils
Raynes Park County Grammar School
- Gordon Cook, tropical disease expert, medical historian, and President of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from 1993–5
- Derek Cooper OBE, BBC Radio 4 broadcaster of the Food Programme, and President from 1988 to 1995 of the Guild of Food Writers
- Sir Howard Dalton, Professor of Microbiology from 1983 to 2008 at the University of Warwick, and Chief Scientific Adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) from 2002–7
- Jon Davey, Director General of the Cable Authority from 1985 to 1990
- Charles Higham, archaeologist
- John Hopkins, TV writer
- Maj-Gen Anthony Jeapes CB OBE MC, Commander of Land Forces Northern Ireland from 1985–7, and Commander of 22 Regiment SAS from 1974–7 and 5 Airborne Brigade from 1982–5
- Prof Peter J. Parsons, Regius Professor of Greek at the University of Oxford from 1989 to 2003
- Robert Robinson, TV quiz presenter, and radio presenter of Brain of Britain until 2005
- Prof Tony Tanner, Professor of English and American Literature from 1989 to 1998 at the University of Cambridge
- Sir David Christopher Veness, CBE, QPM, Assistant Commissioner for Specialist Operations, Metropolitan Police 1994–2005, leaving to serve as United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security.
- Paul Vaughan, TV and radio broadcaster
Raynes Park High School
- Carl Asaba, professional footballer.
- Leon Britton, professional footballer.
- Simon Coleman (Simon Basher), artist.
- Mike Lindup, pop musician.
- Chris Powell, professional footballer.
- Gary Sheffield, academic military historian.
- Andy Thorn, professional footballer.
- CSF – Early Years, Childcare and Children's Centres. "Raynes Park High School".
- "Eteach – Raynes Park High School Careers Site".
- "Raynes Park High School – Inspection report", Ofsted, 4 June 2008.
- "Pupils scramble to crack world record", Europe Intelligence Wire, 1 November 2003
- "Egg and spoon race smashes record ", BBC News, 24 October 2003