We like to keep in contact with students who have left us, to find out what they are doing now and to help them keep them in touch with other former students. We also like to share good news about Greenshaw and new developments at the school. For these reasons, we have launched the Greenshaw High School Alumni Association.
Throughout the year, we aim to host reunions and other events involving former students. We will promote these events through the website and our social media, as well as by contacting alumni members directly through Future First.
We hosted an event to celebrate hereGreenshaw High School's 50th anniversary on Saturday 29th September 2018. Please click here if you would like to find out more.
The latest issue of our alumni newsletter, Horizons, can be downloaded here.
Our 2017 leavers were invited to attend Certificates Evening on Monday 18th December 2017. Our former students collected their A level certificates and watched a short presentation. Students and families then joined staff for refreshments. It was a great opportunity for them to catch up with their peers, many of whom had just completed their first term at university.
We are now working in partnership with a charity called Future First to keep in touch with all our leavers – and their progress – and also to reconnect with our former students who have left over the years. We have a personalised online link for former students to sign up so that they can keep in touch with the school and other students from their year group.
Students who left school in 2017 can use this link. Any former students who have lost touch with Greenshaw High School, or with former school friends, please use this link or email us at email@example.com.
Alumni news and profiles
As our alumni network and our Facebook and Twitter pages develop, we will be looking for stories about former students to include on the site and in our newsletter. If you are happy to have your profile included on the website, or have any old school photographs you wish to share, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Greenshaw and how it has developed throughout the past 50 years
Greenshaw was the first purpose-built comprehensive school in the London Borough of Sutton. The building is on the site of what was once a farm and an oak wood called Greenshaw, hence the name.
The architect, R J Kemp, ARIBA, of Sir John Burnet, Tait and Partners, designed “a long, low striking structure which was modern and functional in conception whilst retaining the idea of cloisters in the Study Court and Sculpture Court.”
Greenshaw High School was officially opened by Mr Christopher Chataway MP on 1st May 1969. The school had been in existence since 16th September 1968, with Mr Reg Whellock as Headmaster, an assistant teaching staff of 34 and 590 students. The headmaster organised the school on a house system, with the houses divided into tutorial groups.
According to the booklet for prospective pupils in 1969: “Greenshaw provides a wide range of course to meet the educational needs of pupils of varying abilities and aptitudes. We aim to create an environment in which children can mature physically, intellectually and socially to become young people of whom the community can be justly proud.” These standards are still very much in evidence today.
In 1969, the building was in the first of three stages of its early development and consisted entirely of specialist rooms – five technical, five art, two music, two music practice, five laboratories, a science room, gym, hall, library and library class room, kitchen, two dining rooms, administration and staff rooms. At this stage, many of them were being used as classrooms. There were tennis courts, cricket nets, a long jump pit and a high jump. Phase II, a classroom block, was under construction and was completed in the autumn of 1969. This included rooms for languages, mathematics, geography and business studies. The final phase, III, added more teaching rooms, a language laboratory, kitchen, dining hall and PE.
In 1993-1994, further development took place, partly funded by the school’s 25th anniversary celebrations. This included a music suite, a new library and study centre and a wing for the sixth form.
An impressive all-weather pitch was constructed in 2014 and it offers superb facilities for the PE department for use in classes, at lunch time and after school – by students form Year 7 through to the sixth form.
The latest building project was completed in 2017. This includes the new extension building at the front of the school, with its impressive frontage and reception area. It houses 15 classrooms, along with offices and new facilities. Work was also undertaken in the existing buildings to widen corridors to improve access, to create a wider staircase to science, the main hall was enlarged and refurbished, new toilet facilities were built and new art rooms, science laboratories and an additional food technology room were added.