City of London Academy Highbury Grove

City of London Academy Highbury Grove (formerly Highbury Grove School) is an 11–18 mixed secondary school with academy status in the London Borough of Islington, England. It is part of the City of London Academies Trust.[4]

City of London Academy Highbury Grove
8 Highbury Grove

N5 2EQ

Coordinates51.5495°N 0.0974°W / 51.5495; -0.0974
Former nameHighbury Grove School
Established1967 (1967)
Local authorityIslington London Borough Council
TrustCity of London Academies Trust
Department for Education URN144962 Tables
PrincipalAimee Lyall[1]
Age range11–18
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Highbury Grove School began life as an all-boys comprehensive in 1967. The founding headmaster was Dr Rhodes Boyson. It was created out of three former boys' schools in the area, Highbury Grammar School, Barnsbury Boys' School, and Laycock School, as part of a comprehensivisation scheme by the then Inner London Education Authority.[5] Boyson introduced a regime of strict discipline, including caning for misbehaviour. Excellent academic results were achieved, and the school was soon heavily oversubscribed.[5]

Boyson left in 1974 after being elected a Conservative MP; in the 1980s he was to become an education minister under Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

The school moved into a new, modern building on the same site in December 2009.

In its December 2016 Ofsted report the school was described as "inadequate" by Ofsted, with particular concerns about discipline, pupil progress, and finances.[6] In January 2017, the head teacher Tom Sherrington abruptly left the school, which was put into special measures. This led to the school being taken over in September by the City of London Academy Trust. In September, Ofsted inspectors revisited the school and found a “well-ordered environment in which pupils behave well”. [7]


The school has approximately 1,200 pupils.[7] A sizeable proportion of pupils have English as their second language. Over half the pupils are from Black Caribbean, Black African and Bangladeshi groups and about one third of pupils are from Turkish and other minority ethnic groups. Well over half of the pupils have been assessed with learning difficulties, disabilities, or literacy, dyslexia or language needs as well as there being a school joint to the same building called 'Samuel Rhodes' (a school helping people who have needs and disabilities).

Notable alumni


  1. "Governance". City of London Academy Highbury Grove. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  2. "City of London Academy Highbury Grove". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  3. "House System". City of London Academy Highbury Grove. Retrieved 28 December 2018.
  4. "City of London Academy Highbury Grove" (City of London Academy Highbury Grove). 2017. Retrieved 15 December 2017.
  5. Rhodes Boyson, Oversubscribed: The Story of Highbury Grove School, London, 1974. ISBN 0-7062-3385-9
  6. Ofsted report for Highbury Grove.
  7. Alwakeel, Ramzy; Morris, James (6 February 2017). "Highbury Grove placed in special measures after damning Ofsted report - meaning it will become academy". Islington Gazette. London.
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