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‘Let your light shine before others;
that they may see your good works
and glorify your Father who is in heaven.’ (Matthew 5:16)


As the Headteacher of Archbishop Tenison’s School, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our website.

I am incredibly proud to be the Headteacher and invite you to watch our video to learn more about our school.

As a church school, we have a distinctive Christian vision which is ambitious for every child; we want our students to grow so that they might let their light shine before others (Matthew 5:16) in all that they do.       

Simon Wilson, Headteacher, NPQH





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Statement regarding proposed school closure

The Southwark Diocesan Board of Education, Multi Academy Trust (SDBE MAT)

Due to the significant and ongoing challenges with falling pupil and application numbers in schools across London Local Authorities and the London Borough of Lambeth, and after considerable review subject to a listening period, it has been proposed to close The Archbishop Tenison’s Secondary School, Oval by the end of the academic year (August 2023).  

We understand the importance of continuing education for the students impacted by this decision and are working closely with parents, the school and colleagues at Lambeth Council, who are in the process of providing offer details for pupil placements in the academic year 2023-2024.

The Archbishop Tenison’s School has always strived to deliver the highest standards of teaching, learning and achievement, while remaining a church school with a distinctive Christian Vision. As one of the longest established schools in London with a rich history of provision in Lambeth, Archbishop Tenison’s leaves behind a great legacy of achievements. Our hope is that students will go on to receive a continued, strong, and positive local education in a ‘good’ OFSTED school.

 The Rt Revd Dr Rosemarie Mallett, Bishop of Croydon and Chair of the Board of Education said: “We hope that every family, every child and every staff member will know that we are praying for them, the situation and for flourishing going forward into the future.”


Statement from Lambeth Admissions re Current ATS Students

To support the students at ATS to move to new school settings, Lambeth will use two approaches, one for year 10 due them moving into their final year of GCSE’s and a different approach for the current year 7 - 9.

The priority is for the current year 10 to have as minimal amount of disruption as they move into their final year of GCSEs as possible. The year 10’s will move as a bulk class to St Gabriel’s College which will match the curriculum and recruit some key staff from ATS to support the transition. Year 10 families are entitled to parental choice and to select a different school but we would encourage the move to St Gabriel’s College as it will support the GCSE offer that young people are already studying.

For the current year 7-9, Lambeth will use the intended offer approach to ensure no student is disadvantaged. Families will receive the intended offer school place at an OFSTED rated ‘Good’ or above based on distance and this will be their allocated school. If you wish to apply for a different school from the intended offer, you are able to make the selection directly to Lambeth and we will send through the request to the chosen school. If the school is an academy, they will require you to complete their application form and you will be placed on to the waiting list for that school if they are full. We will hold your intended offer school place until the chosen school makes an offer. Due to some schools having waiting lists, your child will be expected start at the intended offer school if there isn’t an offer from the chosen school but they will remain on the waiting list as an in year admission.

Lambeth needs to adopt this approach due the secondary schools in Lambeth being predominately academies and particular schools having extensive waiting lists. They also want to ensure there is no potential risk of drift with individual students not having a school place for September 2023 and all families are equally supported during this transition.

                                              Click here for Further information Letter for Parents/Carers regarding proposed closure 

 Parents Consultation Meeting - 6.15pm Main School Hall - 26th April 2023

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