Headteacher's Welcome

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to Waldegrave School. Waldegrave_Main_School_Images_24

Waldegrave School has much to offer young adults of the future.  We set high standards of behaviour and have high expectations of all our students.  We are proud of the partnership we have with parents to ensure all students reach their full potential and enjoy school.  OfSTED reported in 2018 that this is an outstanding school.  Our examination results are excellent and reflect the work of committed staff and students.  We were awarded comprehensive school of the year in 2016 by the Sunday Times which recognised our excellent GCSE and A’Level results.  Prior to that we were the top 11-16 school in the country in the Sunday Times Parent power tables. Our results show that we are in the top 10% of schools nationally each year.

Waldegrave School, however, has much more to offer than examination results. We firmly believe that the most successful students are those who really throw themselves into the life of the school.  The opportunities here are many and varied and all students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning and make the most of leadership opportunities they are given both in and out of lessons.

At Waldegrave traditional values and respect for all members of the school community are combined with innovative approaches to teaching and learning.  The staff are a committed team of highly qualified teachers and support staff who work tirelessly to gain the best from all students in the school.  We want all students to enjoy learning, achieve success and be empowered to take responsibility for themselves and their futures.

We welcome students of all abilities and celebrate the diversity of cultures, backgrounds and talents which students, parents and staff bring to the school.  We want every student to enjoy their time at school and to achieve their best.  We believe everyone has something special to contribute.  We take pride in developing academic achievement, a sense of responsibility, independence, confidence and mutual respect for others.

Excellence is evident across the curriculum, which is broad and balanced and designed to encourage responsibility and independent learning.  Students achieve very well here because we work hard with parents to encourage every member of the school to enjoy, achieve and be empowered.

After 12 very happy years at Waldegrave and 17 years as a Headteacher I have taken the decision to move on, I will remain working in education but in a part time role.  I am pleased that in January 2019 Ms Elizabeth Tongue will take over as Headteacher of Waldegrave School.

Philippa Nunn

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It gives me great pleasure to be taking up the post of Headteacher of Waldegrave School in January 2019.

I wanted to be Headteacher at Waldegrave as the school so closely reflects my own values and educational philosophy. I went to a single-sex school and I'm currently Senior Deputy Head at Tolworth Girls’ School.  I believe that girls’ education remains relevant in today’s society, providing a safe environment to develop self-confidence and to challenge gender stereotypes. Welcoming boys into the sixth form further strengthens the school and provides opportunities for all students to benefit from all Waldegrave has to offer. I want to ensure students leave school empowered to make a positive contribution to society.  

Mrs Nunn is handing over one of the top comprehensive schools in the country and I know you will all miss her. However, I look forward to working with you all to build upon Waldegrave's excellent reputation and to ensure the impetus for continued improvement is sustained.

Elizabeth Tongue

Ofsted report

Our most recent inspection took place in Sept 2018 and the school was judged to be outstanding.  The inspection team looked at all aspects of the school including: standards of achievement, teaching and learning, the personal development and well-being of students, leadership and management and the sixth form. All were graded outstanding which put the school in the top 25% of schools in the country.

Please use the downloads section on the right hand side of the Ofsted page to view our 2018 Ofsted report.

Specialism in Science and Maths

Waldegrave School has had a specialism in Science and Mathematics since 2004.

As part of this provision we:

  • offer a wider range of courses in Science and Mathematics
  • offer separate sciences at GCSE and A’Level
  • challenge students to achieve excellent results in these subjects
  • provide clubs and enrichment activities related to Science and Mathematics
  • provide opportunities for students to engage with Higher Education in Science and Mathematics
  • build stronger links with the local community including primary schools and local businesses.

We do not select our students on scientific aptitude or ability and we continue to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.


Waldegrave is a comprehensive school for girls with a mixed sixth form.

Everyone enjoys learning, feels valued and experiences success

Our Vision

To empower us all through:

  • Great teaching and learning
  • Positive relationships
  • Being the best we can be
  • Embracing the new
  • Great leadership
  • Being open-minded and respectful
  • Sharing common values and practices
  • Developing strong partnerships and by throwing ourselves into the life of the school

This is summarised using the three words;

Enjoy, Achieve, Empower

Our School Rule

Learning comes first: we show mutual respect and understanding for everyone, through courteous and considerate behaviour at all times.

Mrs Philippa Nunn, Headteacher


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