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A place for enthusiastic teaching
A place for enthusiastic teaching

Holland Park School

Holland Park was built in 1958 as London's first ever purpose-built comprehensive school.  It has a rich and proud history of serving the full range of its community. It is culturally and linguistically diverse with 1,400 students, a teaching staff of 106 and  with 58% of students having English as a second language. Today, a vastly over-subscribed school, students live within a radius of less than 1.5 miles.

Recognised by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trustas one of its foremost humanities colleges, Holland Park School is run with great commitment and passion by its Head, Colin Hall.

The most recent Ofsted inspection report, May 2011, states, "Holland Park school provides an inspirational climate for learning within a safe environment. Exceptional leadership and a dedicated staff have secured key improvements since the last inspection, such that it is now an outstanding school."

Colin Hall and his leadership group, together with strong support from the Governors, chaired by Sir John Baker, also a trustee, and from the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, have guided the school to see improvements to GCSE results rise steadily from 28% of students achieving the government's 'gold standard' of 5 A*-C Grades in 2000 to 98% of students achieving these grades in 2009.  The GCSE results now far exceed the national average and, with A Level pass results at 99%, the school is justifiably one of the most over-subscribed schools in London.

But - there is still much to achieve and no room for complacency where the future generation is concerned. The school has an excellent base for the kinds of improvement it wants to achieve with the help of the Trust.

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