Highams Park School

URN: 137558

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34 Handsworth Avenue, Highams Park, London, Essex, E4 9PJ
Local authority:
Waltham Forest (320)
Phil Grundy
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11 to 18
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URN: 137558, DfE number: 320/5400
UKPRN: 10035039
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Ofsted rating:
Good (Last inspection: 22 March 2017)
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Does not apply
No boarders
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Not applicable
Official sixth form:
Has a sixth form
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Has Special Classes
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Type of SEN provision:
VI - Visual Impairment
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Chair of trustees

Name Appointed by From To
Tracy Penfold Appointed by GB/board 18/12/2017 18/12/2021


Name Appointed by From To
Claudine Crossley Elected by parents 08/06/2018 08/06/2022
Christina Edward Appointed by GB/board 17/03/2018 17/03/2022
Tracy Penfold Appointed by academy members 18/12/2017 18/12/2021
Jonathan Kemp Appointed by GB/board 27/11/2017 27/11/2021
Ginette Hogan Elected by parents 16/07/2018 16/07/2021
Sophie Boyak Appointed by GB/board 16/07/2018 16/07/2021
Nicky Whitehead Appointed by GB/board 06/02/2017 06/02/2021
Alan Benton Appointed by academy members 11/10/2015 11/10/2019
Andy Sikora Elected by school staff 10/10/2015 10/10/2019
Richard Palmer Elected by school staff 10/10/2015 10/10/2019
Philip Grundy Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 01/01/2016 Not recorded


Name Appointed by From
Alan Benton Original (signatory) members 31/07/2011
Paul Philip Appointed by academy members 12/08/2011
Richard Hutchinson Appointed by academy members 01/01/2015
Stephen Riches Appointed by academy members 12/12/2016
Steven Carter Original (signatory) members 31/07/2011

Accounting officer

Name From To
Philip Grundy 01/01/2016 Not recorded

Chief financial officer

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Summaya Aziz 04/01/2017 Not recorded

Historic (left within last 12 months)

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Name Role Appointed by From To
Christina Edward Trustee Appointed by academy members 17/03/2014 17/03/2018
Richard Hutchinson Trustee Appointed by academy members 11/10/2015 18/12/2017
RSC Region:
East of England and North-East London
Government Office Region:
Waltham Forest
Hatch Lane
Parliamentary Constituency:
Chingford and Woodford Green
Urban/Rural Description:
Urban major conurbation
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Middle Super Output Area (MSOA):
Waltham Forest 007
Lower Super Output Area (LSOA):
Waltham Forest 007F

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