Tanbridge House School

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Tanbridge House School
Farthings Hill
Horsham, West Sussex, RH12 1SR
Coordinates 51°03′53″N 0°21′04″W / 51.06472°N 0.35107°W / 51.06472; -0.35107Coordinates: 51°03′53″N 0°21′04″W / 51.06472°N 0.35107°W / 51.06472; -0.35107
Motto "Exceptional everyday"
Established 1976 (current site built in 1994)
Local authority West Sussex
Specialists Science College, Maths and Computing College
Department for Education URN 126064 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Chair of Governors Mr Bob Dulieu
Headteacher Mr Jules White
Staff 170+
Gender Coeducational
Age 11 to 16
Number of students 1268+
Houses Redgrave, Radcliffe, Wilkinson

Tanbridge House School is a secondary school in Horsham, West Sussex. It is a specialist school of IT, Maths and Science. Its current head master is Mr Jules White who started in January 2008. Previous heads include Ms J Ball, Mr Neil Chapman, Dr Peter Thomas & Ms Maureen Johnson. The school teaches a wide variety of subjects across the curriculum. In 2012 95.7% of students achieved A*-C grades at GCSE. Of those, 79% achieved 5 A*-C including English and Maths.

In November 2012, the school achieved an 'Outstanding' Ofsted rating in all four key areas of inspection. This placed it in the top three percent of secondary schools in the country and made it one of only seven 'Outstanding' secondary schools in the county.[1]

School Information

There is a 'Student Voice' at Tanbridge which involves over 100 student representatives, who are involved in interviewing potential staff, leading on environmental and charitable issues and helping new pupils make the transition from primary to secondary school. The school was one of the first schools in West Sussex to achieve a Rights Respecting Schools Award (UNICEF).[citation needed]

There areSMART boards in every classroom, nine dedicated IT suites with another five computer areas and iPads.[2] Since 2008, the school has had a Virtual Learning Environment and Moodle. The school has its own Learning Resource Centre.

The annual school production is held every summer at The Capitol Theatre in Horsham; West Side Story (2008) Sweeney Todd (2009) Les Miserables (2010), Evita (2011), The Phantom of the Opera (2012) and Miss Saigon (2013) were all sell out shows.

There is sporting success at Tanbridge House School with an emphasis on individual excellence through to positive team participation. Most recent (Summer 2012) school honours included : Under 12 girls' football team were winners of North and Mid-Sussex 6-a-side competitions, the Year 9 boys' cricket team reached the County Finals, and Jade Brewster (Year 11) is ranked number one in the country for the pole vault.[citation needed] Every other year, the school organises a sponsored walk. The school's Sports Hall has seating for 450 spectators and is adjacent to the gymnasium.

Other successes include Year 9 student Chris Purdy, who won a Children's BAFTA for video game design. The school's first aid team also reached the national finals in 2012.

Further Education

Many of the students progress to colleges across the county, with the majority going to The College of Richard Collyer in Horsham although other colleges include Northbrook College in Worthing, Central Sussex College in Crawley, Brinsbury College in Pulborough and Chichester College.


The school has three houses, which are all namesakes of famous English sportspeople. They are:

School Achievements

The school has achieved the following in recent years [3]

School Timeline

Date Notes
1627 Original site built by Richard Nye
1887 The second site was built by Thomas Oliver. It was one of the first houses with electricity in Horsham and was an example of neo-Jacobean architecture. It is the building in Worthing Road and is still existent today.
1920 Thomas Oliver dies; the building was sold to the county council for £7000
1924 The building becomes the Horsham High School for Girls
1968 The building was described as "a fine example of the revived Wealden tradition"
1976 The High School site is merged with the site at Manor House school and becomes Tanbridge House School, a mixed comprehensive. The former school buildings from the Manor House site were demolished and is now a supermarket.
1988 The school was due to be demolished but Audrey Robinson; a teacher at the school launched a successful campaign to save the building
1993 Foundation Stone for the new school laid by Sir Philip Ward. The new school had been planned by Chairman of Governors David Radbourne and Headmaster Neil Chapman.
1994 The current school site is built, adjacent to the A24 road (England).

Notable alumni

Three of the schools pupils have been nominated for a Grammy award. Robin Goodridge (as a drummer with Bush), Jamie Hewlett (with Gorillaz), and Rob Leggatt (with Leigh Marling at BlueSource).[citation needed]


  1. ^ [email protected], Ofsted Communications Team. (5 November 2010). "Find an inspection report". www.ofsted.gov.uk.
  2. ^ http://www.tanbridge-house-sch.co.uk/ipadsenhancelearning.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.tanbridge-house-sch.co.uk/index.shtml%7C The bottom left corner of school's website shows achievement logos

External links

  • http://www.tanbridge-house-sch.co.uk
  • Tanbridge House School Worthing Road site
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