Thomas Knyvett College

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Thomas Knyvett College
Stanwell Road

TW15 3DU

Type Secondary Academy Converter
Motto Bringing out the Best
Founder Surrey County Council
Local authority London Borough of Hounslow
Department for Education URN 136832 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Chairman of Governors Mrs. T Crombie
Headmaster Mrs J. Marillat
Staff 35 teaching, 17 support
Gender Mixed
Age 11 to 16
Enrolment 1120 as of January 2016
Houses Amazon, Orion, Poseidon
Colour(s) Black     
Three colors (tie stripes)
Current admissions policy Comprehensive
Executive Headteacher Mrs R. Barnfield

Thomas Knyvett College (/ˈnɪvɪt/) is a small-to-medium sized mixed school with Academy Converter status (conversion to an Academy is underway during the 2014-2015 academic year) educating students aged 11–16 in Ashford, Surrey, England. The college is part of the Howard Schools Trust which includes the Howard of Effingham School in Effingham in the county, the schools within which are and supported by an Executive Headteacher, the prototype arrangement of its kind in the United Kingdom.


A non-fee paying school, Thomas Knyvett College's funding is received predominantly via pro rata Surrey County Council annual allocation. Since 2009 the secondary education provider has been eligible for the Howard of Effingham Trust Fund and related donations, Charities Commission registered, funds which are raised by parents across the region and fundraising. Funds are enhanced by successful registration or selection for pupil premiums and grants restricted to central and local government-funded schools.[1][2] Free school meals eligibility: 22.4% (band: mid).[3]


In the house system, each of the three houses which compete are divided into forms for many years. The resultant tutor forms provide a pastoral, advice point across all activities.

The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium funding (additional government funding for children in the care of the local authority, students known to be eligible for free school meals and those from service families) is slightly greater than average, standing for the financial year 2014-15 at £194,175.[4] The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs who are supported at school action is above the national average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below the national average.


The main facilities are:

  • Astroturf sports fields
  • Sports fields and field sports athletics grounds
  • Main Hall
  • Dining Hall
  • Sports Hall
  • Sports Gym
  • Tennis Courts
  • Classrooms
  • ICT Suites
  • Library
  • Cookery Classrooms
  • Resistant Materials Classroom
  • Music Practice Rooms
  • Drama Studio


The Ofsted inspection of December 2013 gave the school an overall Grade 4, inadequate, on the four-point scale (Outstanding/Good/Satisfactory/Inadequate). Omitting praised examples, the headline assessment of teaching was:

Some teaching is good or better. Where this is the case, lessons are thoughtfully planned with lesson organisation that supports students’ learning very effectively. Teachers begin lessons with imaginative activities which fire the enthusiasm of students.

In the best lessons, teachers create opportunities for students to work creatively and solve problems together...Such exciting ways of learning are not yet common enough across the college.

Students very quickly develop good skills in reading and writing because teachers focus on this in all subjects. This helps them to do better in all subjects as they move up through the college.

Inspectors saw examples of some well-directed questioning which makes students think more deeply about ideas and helps them progress more quickly. In mathematics, teachers are precise in their questioning and feedback which ensures that students understand exactly how to improve.

In mathematics, teachers are precise in their questioning and feedback which ensures that students understand exactly

how to improve. In English teachers us a systematic approach successfully, to teaching basic skills and examination techniques

— School Report: Thomas Knyvett College, Page 5. December 2013, Ofsted: Anwar, Taylor-Bennett and Young (Senior Inspector and Assistant Inspectors)[2]


  1. ^ - Howard of Effingham Trust. Charity Commission. Accessed 2015-04-23.
  2. ^ a b School Report: Thomas Knyvett College At pages 2 and 4. 21 March 2013. Ofsted: Anwar, Taylor-Bennett and Young (Senior Inspector and Assistant Inspectors)
  3. ^ School and College Performance Tables: Finance 2013-14 Department for Education. Last updated 13 April 2015. Accessed 23 April 2015.
  4. ^ Pupil premium information TKC. Accessed 2015-04-20

External links

  • School website

Coordinates: 51°26′24″N 0°28′16″W / 51.440°N 0.471°W / 51.440; -0.471

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