Coopers' Company and Coborn School
|The Coopers' Company and Coborn School|
St Mary's Lane
|Motto||Love As Brethren|
|Founder||Nicholas Gibson (1536), Prisca Coborn (1701).|
United in 1891, moved in 1971-1973
|Department for Education URN||136600 Tables|
|Head teacher||Sue Hay|
|Staff||Approx 94 teaching staff|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Houses||Coborn, Guild, Gibson, Ratcliffe|
|Colour(s)||Red, Blue, Green, Yellow|
|Former pupils||Old boys/Old girls|
The school is (since 2005) a non-selective school described by Ofsted as "an exceptional school of real excellence". The school excels at Performing Arts and Sports. In 2004 as part of the European Year of Education through Sport it won the award of "Europe's most sport minded school".
There have been no tests since 2001 nor interviews since 2004 for admission. Current applications are made via application form completed by the prospective students' parents and, months later, by a second form completed by the students themselves. This is not an examination but is heavily scrutinized. The school is heavily oversubscribed with approximately 5 applicants for each of the 180 places (over 900 applicants per year group). Due to this issue, Coopers' and Coborn School has appeared on an episode of Panorama, filmed by the BBC, to address this issue.
The school is divided into 5 years, similar to other secondary schools in England. It is one of only a few schools in the London borough of Havering to also have a Sixth form. A new Sixth form building opened in 2011. The Sixth form is primarily supplied with students from the years below who have graduated in Year 11. However, it does allow external candidates from primarily local schools to apply, with a growing proportion being accepted due to a year-on-year increase in intake in sixth form students since the 2016/2017 academic year. The school specialises in humanities and sports (geography, history, RE and PE). It has many sporting and academic successes, including national championships in hockey and winning Havering Young Chef of the year.
The Nicholas Gibson Free School was founded in 1536 by a prominent citizen of the City of London who earned his living as a grocer. On his death in 1549 Gibson's wife, Avice, took over the running of the school, which could take up to sixty boys. In 1552 she asked the Coopers' Company to undertake the management of the school for her, and thus the school included the company's title in its name. The school was situated in Ratcliff, on the north side of the River Thames between Shadwell and Limehouse which is now a district of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Schoolhouse Lane is still there and marks the place where the School and the Coopers' Company's Almshouses were located for over three hundred years.
Prisca Coborn (née Forster), the widow of a brewer (Thomas Coborn/Colbourne), established a coeducational school in Bow in 1701 as a result of the terms of her will, registered in the year of her death (1701), investing the school with lands let to tenants in Bow, Stratford and Bocking. She is buried in Bow Church.
The Coborn school was first housed in a site east of Bow Church, quickly moving toward Bow Bridge. In 1814 the school moved to a site which later became part of the Bryant and May match factory. In 1873 a new scheme was prepared under the Endowed Schools Act to reorganize the school to give secondary education to 200 boys and 200 girls and receive more public funding. The main new site, soon extended, assumed the temporary name of Stepney Grammar School, off Tredegar Square in the west of Bow (its closest station was Mile End and high street was Mile End Road). The Coborn name most frequently (as shared officially) referred to the girls school at 86 Bow Road which closed in 1886 until amalgamation with the Coopers' foundation (see below). The Coopers' Boys' School in the transitional period took over the Tredegar Square building. Miss Jessie Winifred Holland, headmistress 1903–10, married Sir William Foster, historian of the Coopers' Company and its schools; she too wrote a history, but of Coborn School.
In 1891 the two foundations were united. Coopers' Girls' School at 86 Bow Road was renamed Coborn School, moving to new buildings at 29-31/31-33 Bow Road in 1898 where it remained until the move to Upminster. M. G. Philpot, headmistress 1929–56, was awarded a C.B.E. for her services to education.
On moving to Upminster the schools were amalgamated to form the then voluntary aided school. The new site was first occupied in Upminster in 1971, and by 1973 the whole school had moved into these new premises. In the 1990s Coopers'-Coborn became a selective Grant-maintained school.
The badge/arms commonly associated with the Coborn School are the arms of the Forster family (her paternal line) as the Coborn family did not have their own.
The school converted to academy status on 1 April 2011.
Notable former pupils
This article's list of alumni may not follow Wikipedia's verifiability policy. (October 2020)
The Coopers' Company and Coborn School
- Cameron John, Doncaster Rovers F.C. footballer
- Riaz Amin, stick fighting
- Sheila Atim, actress, singer, composer, and playwright
- Zara McDermott, Love Island contestant and media personality
- Christian Burgess, Portsmouth F.C. defender
- Rylan Clark-Neal, media personality
- Elizabeth Kucinich, (née Harper), wife of US Congressman and former Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich
- Stephen Peters, cricketer, Essex, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire
- Alex Sibley, Big Brother contestant and media personality
- Lorne Spicer, journalist and TV presenter
- Jenny Watson, chairwoman of the Electoral Commission since 2009, and from 2005 to 2007 of the Equal Opportunities Commission
- Rochelle Wiseman, singer, S Club 8 and The Saturdays
Coborn High School for Girls
Coopers' Company's School
- Sir William Sydney Atkins CBE, founder of WS Atkins, one of Britain's largest civil engineering companies
- Fred Rumsey, Somerset and England cricketer and founder of the Professional Cricketers Association (PCA)
- Bernard Bresslaw, actor. Appeared in a number of comedies, including some of the Carry On film series.
- David Brewerton, journalist and former city editor of The Independent
- Arthur Godman, former PoW
- Prof Tim Holt CB, director from 1996 to 2000 of the Office for National Statistics and Registrar General for England and Wales, president from 2005 to 2007 of the Royal Statistical Society, and Leverhulme Professor of Social Statatistics from 1980 to 2005 at the University of Southampton
- Prof Anthony Legon FRS, Professor of Physical Chemistry from 2005–8 at the University of Bristol and from 1984–2005 at the University of Exeter
- Richard Madeley, TV presenter
- Ronald Richardson CBE, electrical engineer and chairman from 1969 to 1970 of the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting, and of the North Western Electricity Board from 1964–71
- Arnold Shaw, Labour MP for Ilford South from 1966–70 and 1974-9
- Prof Michael Spyer, Sophia Jex-Blake Professor of Physiology since 1980 at the UCL Medical School
- Michael Stewart, Baron Stewart of Fulham, foreign secretary (twice) under Harold Wilson (Labour Party) Michael Stewart, Baron Stewart of Fulham
- Jack Warner OBE, actor, Dixon of Dock Green (1955–76)
- Jack Watling, actor
- Christopher Wicking, screenwriter
- R. D. Wingfield, radio dramatist
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