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ATS celebrated its 330th Anniversary 

The school celebrated its 330th Anniversary in style on 2nd July with a celebration dinner held in the Great Hall.

Almost 100 staff, Governors, special guests and former pupils attended and enjoyed an excellent 3 course meal prepared by catering manager Ash Hanfy and his team. Sixth formers did a great job as the waiting staff.

The dinner included an auction with prizes donated by staff. More than £1,200 was raised on items including afternoon tea for two in the pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground, a Magnum of Champagne and a beautiful designer handbag.

There was also a raffle with a top prize of a new bike. This raised a further £220.

The whole evening was a great success and hopefully is the first of many more functions with the school’s former pupils.

 Mr L Weeks(Bursar)



Tenison's Features in Good Schools Guide

We were pleased to read a very complimentary description of the school in the current edition of the Good Schools Guide. Among other things, the Guide notes that, 'The sixth form is a strength of the school', 'Pupils are encouraged to look beyond the school walls' and 'Christian worship is an integral part of the school'.
See the following link for the full write-up:
Mr E Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)



Lower School Prizegiving on Thursday 9th July presented an excellent opportunity to reward many students for their hard work and dedication over the course of the past year. The event, which was well attended by proud parents, took place in the Great Hall, with old boy-turned-entrepreneur Elijah Oyefeso doing the honours as guest speaker. As always, Prizegiving was preceded by exhibitions in both the Art and Design & Technology departments -  the standard of work was extremely impressive.
Our thanks to all those involved in the organization of the event and don't miss the Upper School Prizegiving in September.
Mr E Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)


 Sports Day 2015

On Monday, July 6th the whole school set off on the underground for the Athletics stadium at Tooting Bec for the 2015 school sports day.


This is a  hotly anticipated day in the school calendar and the days leading up to all the events will bring boys onto the subject of who can run the fastest or throw the furthest or even jump the highest.


 We were not to be disappointed this year as a whole array of sporting talent turned out in the colours of the 4 houses to see if their house could lift the trophy and be the champions for this year. Last year’s champions Durham were very keen to prove a point, but they had some tough competition from across the other houses.


There were some amazing student performances throughout the day and it was very good to see all the support being given to all by students and staff alike.


At the end of a very long and warm day there can only be one champion house and this year it was DURHAM ( again). Congratulations to them but they only just made it to first place because only 4 points behind was Winchester, who had excelled themselves to come a superb second. They were followed by Canterbury and York respectively in third and fourth places.


Our thanks to the PE department organised for a great day, with all the events running according to schedule. In the spirit of the London Olympics of 2012 and the idea of a legacy for the future, the school produced sportsmen of all ages and the healthy competition added to the idea that it is good to exercise and to be healthy and to participate in sporting events and activities.
Well done to every one for a fantastic day.


Mr D Melvin (English Dept/EAL)




Year 13 Graduation Ceremony

The class of 2015 leaver’s assembly was a moving and joyous celebration of our time spent at Archbishop Tenison’s School. I themed the event ‘Destination X’, the ‘X’ in this case denoting an unknown destination, some of the graduates being the first in their families to go to university, and therefore charting new territories.

Special thanks to Mr. Reid for stepping in as our chaplain and leading a wonderful sermon, and also rendering some of the best hymns I’ve heard in an assembly to date. Coupled with some speeches from staff and students, the memories forged at this school are not to be forgotten, irrespective of the different paths we all choose to walk. A lighting of commemorative candles wrapped up the evening, capturing the message of the service: we will go our different walks through life as beacons of light.


Solomon Adebiyi (Sixth Form Students)


Visit to ATS by Most Revd and Rt Hon. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

As a Church of England school, any visit by a member of the Anglican clergy is special and never more so than when the member concerned is the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Most Revd Justin Welby arrived in time to lead our morning worship, speaking movingly on Psalm 107. We have been exploring the Psalms over recent weeks and the Archbishop's contribution on what Psalm 107 tells us about conflict resolution was very thought-provoking.
After the service, the Archbishop attended a Year 10 RS class where he answered questions on a range of ethical matters.
The morning ended with the Archbishop taking tea with the Headmistress and the Chair of Governors, before he headed off on the bus back to Lambeth Palace!
We thank the Archbishop for agreeing to visit us in this, our anniversary year, 330 years after his predecessor Thomas Tenison founded the school in St. Martin in the Fields Church.


Mr E Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)




Visit from a former teacher and some of his students

On Wednesday, 17th June Tenison’s was privileged to be visited by our former Head of PE, Mr

Waddingham, who started working at the school as a PE teacher after he left the Navy at the end of the Second World War.  He is due to turn 99 years old in October.  He remembered all the details of his time at Tenison’s and we learned a lot about history of the school. 

Also joining us were a number of old boys, former Tenison’s students who used to be pupils of Mr Waddingham.  They also had a lot to share.


Zaker, Sameer, Billie, Emmanuel G, Daniel G and Waissur in 8.18 interviewed the guests and Vasco in 8.7 filmed the event.  You can read about what it was like at Tenison’s half a century ago below.  Keep a watch on the school website for the film.

 Ms Appavoo, Mr Melvin and Mr Weeks organised the event.


Mr E Elstub (Deputy Head) 


Year 11 Graduation Ceremony

We said an emotional farewell to our Year 11 cohort at their Graduation Ceremony last week. The service was led by Rev Steve Coulson of St. Marks and there was a contribution from Joe Chanyacharungchit before Mr Thomas read out the names for Year 11 students to come forward and receive their diploma from the Headmistress. Some of the boys will be heading onto new destinations, while a good number will be staying at Tenison's for 6th Form. To all of them, though, we extend our best wishes, with the hope they will cherish the memory of those formative years spent at Tenison's. Good luck, boys! 


Mr Elstub (Deputy Head) 


Dyers Concert at Southwark Cathedral

On the 10th of June 2015, the Archbishop Tenison’s School choir, samba band and brass group went to Southwark Cathedral and performed alongside St. Saviour's & St. Olave's School, Norwich School in Norfolk and Boucher Primary School. This was a concert to celebrate the support given to our schools from the Dyers Livery Company.

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Mr S Grevett (Head of Music)

Year 10 football team and Year 8 football team had their prize giving 


Mr Smith's Year 10 football team and Mr Royes's Year 8 football team had their prize giving this week.  Players voted on their 'Player of the Year' and both managers presented an award also.  Afterwards all boys went to Burgess Park for football and Domino’s pizza.  Mr Smith and Mr Royes want to congratulate their teams for their hard work and achievements both on and off the pitch; it has been a pleasure being there with them!


Mr D Smith (Head of RS) 


Local primary schools take part in festival of sport at Tenison's

On Friday 15 May, and for the second year in a row, we hosted a festival of sport for students from a number of our local feeder primary schools. The event took place in the Great Hall and the school gym, but once again we called on our friends across the road at the Kia Oval for their help and they duly obliged by allowing us to use their sports centre as well. Over 200 students from years 4 & 5 took part, trying out a wide range of activities, from martial arts to dance to 'boccia'. It was a wonderful day and we would like to thank all the volunteers who took part, as well as the charity Sports Inspired for helping organize the day.
Don't miss the gallery for lots of photos of the day!
Mr Elstub (Deputy Head)



More talent at Tenison’s as Shayihan Mason in year 13 becomes a finalist in Fashion Futures Competition


I had the amazing opportunity to take part in the FAD Fashion Futures competition, where I attended Saturday sessions and developed many skills from making sketches to cutting and sew-ing. After carefully constructing a template garment and pitching my design to the judges, I was lucky enough to be chosen for the top 21 participants to go through to the next round; creating the real thing and having my garment on the runway at London Fashion Week 2015 later on this year After this the final winner will have their garment sold at George at Asda. Although the process wasn't easy, it was a very exciting and enlightening experience and has opened many doors and path-ways for my future."



Speaking out final hosted at Tenisons'

Tenison's were proud to host this year's Lambeth final of the Jack Petchey Speak Out on Wednesday 29/4/15. The competition challenges students across London, Essex and Kent to give speeches on topics of their choice. Students did an excellent job of hosting around 200 visitors, with two fantastic musical performances from boys in years 10-12. Two year 10 boys represented the school superbly in the speaking competition: Benjamin Roden (who spoke about the importance of history) and Dominik Rana (discussing motivation).

Mr Elstub (Deputy Head)




Tenison's Student Makes National News as the leader of Radio 1's first Youth Council!

"Teen Hero' will help Radio 1 boss (44) bridge the generation gap

Meet Jeremiah - he's 15, a 'Teen Hero' and the leader of Radio 1's first Youth Council, a new body designed to keep the music station's middle-aged bosses in touch with a "Nike and Nando's" generation which has abandoned radio for YouTube.

 Ben Cooper, Radio 1 controller, believes the solution lies in the creation of a permanent Radio 1 Youth Council, giving bosses direct reports from "the street".

 The council will deliver insights into music tastes, popular brands, the devices with which they consume media and the social issues facing their generation.    

 The concept was pitched to Mr Cooper by Jeremiah Emmanuel, a former deputy Lambeth Youth Mayor who won a Radio 1 Teen Hero award after founding his own charity, One Big Community.

"Young people need a greater say in the decisions made at Radio 1 and 1Xtra", Jeremiah said.  The council will "review stuff that has gone out on Radio 1, 1Xtra, BBC iPlayer and YouTube and tell the teams at Radio 1 and 1Xtra what we really think".

From The Independent newspaper 24th March.  (



Founder's Day 

Once a year, Tenison's students make their way over to St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square to celebrate Founder's Day in the church where the school was founded 330 years ago this year. This year's service took place on Friday 20th March and was even more special than usual because one of our old boys, the Bishop of Ely, delivered the sermon. Another attraction was the high quality of the musical interlude, with the brass band offering a version of a Miles Davis track and the choir giving a rousing rendition of Happy Days.
We would like to offer our sincere thanks to the Bishop of Ely, Stephen Conway, for taking the time to join us, to Steve Coulson, vicar of St. Mark's, Kennington for leading the service and to Rev. Dr. Sam Wells for hosting us so generously.
Mr E Elstub (Deputy Head)



As part of our extensive outreach programme, Ms Kasia has been working with gifted and talented pupils from 3 primary schools - Ashmole, St. Marks and Reay - since September 2014. Students have been coming in every Thursday to study advanced maths for 2 hours. Last month Ms Kasia gave all students a GCSE PAPER and almost all students got more than 50%. Five pupils did especially well and were invited to a special assembly on 16th March, where they were awarded certificates and prizes, having scored between 95-98% in the test: this equates to an A* grade!
This project, which further enhances the outstanding reputation Tenison's has for maths teaching, will continue till the end of this school year. 
Mr Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)


Archbishop Tenison's Bake-off for Comic Relief

Staff and students at Tenison's enjoyed raising money for Comic Relief by wearing items of red clothing. For some, this was not enough - ask your son what happened to Mr. Melvin!! In addition to this, Ms Emmett organised a fantastic Tenison's Bake-off. Our three judges had a wide range of entries to sample but the star baker was the Exams Administrator Ms Quintyne with her fabulous carrot cake. She was closely followed by Mr Mort’s Victoria sponge and Mr Havilland’s Lemon cake. Our head judge Mrs Skelly said ‘it was a tough job but someone had to do it’.
Students also conducted a cake sale to raise funds. The grand total was £211.05. Well done to everyone for living up to the Tenison's ethos of giving and caring.


Mr Elstub (Deputy Head)


Cycling for Tenison's!

The school have received a very generous donation of £1,850 from Revd. Les Isaacs OBE of the Ascension Trust.

Les did a sponsored cycle ride from Glasgow to Bradford and has donated a large part of his sponsorship money to the school.
Many thanks to Les and his colleagues who are great supporters of Tenison's- the money will be put to good use to improve facilities and equipment for all our pupils.
Mr L Weeks (Bursar)


Letter from Education Minister David Laws MP congratulates Archbishop Tenison's 

The Education Minister has written to the Headmistress to congratulate the school on our outstanding work. His letter says that we are in the top 90 schools nationally for sustained progress at GCSE and also congratulates us on our work in raising achievement for pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

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Mr Weeks (Bursar) 


A number of truly fortunate students visited the magical city of Barcelona on a joint Art and Spanish trip from 10th to 13th of February. All of them agreed that the experience was amazing. They visited Barcelona's famous landmarks such as the Sagrada Familia Cathedral, the Park Guell, the Camp Nou (Europe's biggest and most impressive football stadium) and the Monastery of Monserrat. Students also enjoyed strolling by the beach where they played football and soaked their feet in the cold (!) Mediterranean. Ms Madsen’s students were impressed by Gaudi’s architecture and Mr Boussageon’s students impressed him with their Spanish speaking skills. Mr Gravett and Ms Thompson contributed to the wonderful time we had there.

Don't forget to sign up for school trips like these - they can be life-changing experiences.


Mr Elstub (Deputy Head) 


Tenison's Student Receives Award from Prime Minister

An inspirational 15 year old from Streatham, who has worked to create a unique London wide coalition of hundreds of youth leaders and youth organisations to help end youth violence, has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Jeremiah Emmanuel, a student studying for his GCSEs at Archbishop Tenisons C.E High School, founded One Big Community (1BC) at the social justice charity, Cambridge House, in 2013. Inspired by Jeremiah, a dedicated and tenacious team of young people aged 15 to 25 years came together to establish 1BC. The project now has partnerships with over 40 local and national youth organisations including National Citizen Service provider The Challenge, London Youth and British Youth Council to help run campaigns which challenge current community safety strategies and provide a positive outlet for young people across London.

Jeremiah is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.

Inspired and helped by his mother, who was a youth worker; Jeremiah has been volunteering since he was a child and has improved his local community through a number of initiatives including singing in a community choir in hospitals, and serving as a Member of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament in 2011. Having ended an 18 month term as Deputy Youth Mayor of Lambeth, Jeremiah joined HRH The Duke of Gloucester as a Patron of Cambridge House in 2013.

Powered by Cambridge House, One Big Community is a successor generation project that has grown from strength to strength during the last two years. 1BC now has an active volunteer force of young campaigners and change-makers whose activities include twitter debates launched as  One Big Debate in November 2013, and have involved thousands of young people in discussions about the drivers of youth violence including health, relationships, policing, media and education.  1BC has now launched its ‘Sounding Out London’ campaign to give young people the opportunity to participate in government decision-making processes, propose solutions, and hold decision-makers to account.

Jeremiah is the 200th winner of the new Points of Light award which has been developed in partnership with the hugely successful Points of Light programme in the USA and was first established by President George H. W. Bush. Over 5,000 US Points of Light have been awarded and both President George H. W. Bush and President Barack Obama have publicly supported the partnership with Points of Light UK which honours shining examples of volunteering across the country.

Mr Elstub (Deputy Head)


Jermia with Prime Minster

Stephen Bayley

Stephen Bayley’s speech on the topic of ‘Hyper cars’ was truly inspiring and inspirational to the aspiring designers and engineers throughout the sixth form as well as those in Years 10 and 11. Bayley explored the concept of cars, from their beginnings to what he termed ‘hyper’ cars; their development over the years into the modern world and society’s changing demands and even the need for such creations today. Another interesting point he made was his dislike of the way cars are no longer designed to be “beautiful” in terms of design and comfort but simply in order to have a vehicle that exceeds all others in aspects such as speed and power.

We also got a chance to ask Bayley questions about his career and articles; learning about his path to success was very influential; from his career as a journalist to a designer and so forth, he truly captured our attention. I think aspiring designers and engineers all hope to be the next Stephen Bayley; who wouldn’t want to drive the newest and fastest ‘Hyper cars’ as part of their job as well as designing everything, from the small to the big as a paid hobby?
We thank Stephen Bayley for taking the time to come and visit us and we hope he can inspire other kids just as much as he did here.

Jahid Miah Year 13

Primary School Links

Tenison’s works very closely with a number of local primary schools, be it for curriculum or enrichment activities. Here is an account of a recent visit by students from Vauxhall Primary School:

‘In January the Science Department was visited by 31 children from Year 5 of Vauxhall Primary School. The pupils had started a new topic and were looking forward to a practical investigation of solubility.

Mr Cotter started by teaching the young pupils some keywords (Solute, Solvent and Solution) by making some very brightly coloured blue, yellow and orange solutions. The pupils then learned how dissolving works by mixing Rice and Chickpeas!

He then used high voltage electricity and polystyrene balls to demonstrate what happens to particles and how they move when they are given energy!

This allowed the pupils to hypothesise that when a liquid is heated there is more space between particles and therefore that more solute will dissolve in the warmer solvent.

Finally the pupils did their own investigation to test the hypothesis using water and sugar. Being fabulous scientists, all of the groups got results consistent with their hypothesis and were able to leave Archbishop Tenison’s a little wiser as to why the hot tea they drink can taste so sweet!’    

Mr Elstub (Deputy Head)




Each year we hold 3 mega-competitions to test and challenge students’ abilities to the full. The Short Story Competition and Dragons’ Den tend to reward innovation, whereas Mastermind rewards straight-forward knowledge and learning. This year’s nail-baiting final was held before a packed audience in the Great Hall, with the winner, perhaps surprisingly, coming from the lower school.

The competition began way back in September when the form group stage took place. Having identified the winner in each form group, we moved on to the year group finals. The year group winners (and subsequent finalists) were: BRENDAN JONES 7.8, EMMANUEL  8.7, SHEREEFDEEN 9.31, KACPER 10.M2, APIWAT 11.T1 and MEDRIC 13A. 
With specialist topics ranging from the European Union to Formula 1, the finalists all had to show their expert knowledge on a topic of their own choice. The competition really hotted up in the second round, when each contestant faced one minute of questions on general knowledge. In the end the winner came from...Year 8. With a stunning 15 points across the two rounds, Emmanuel took the champion’s prize and with it the stunning prize of a high-spec Raleigh bicycle.
The competition was a great advert for the level of intellect we have amongst students at Tenison’s. With a demanding standard set right from the off, it would have been easy for our finalists to fall by the wayside. All of them, however, showed steel and a cool nerve to answer the questions fired at them. Congratulations to all of them and let’s hope the Short Story Competition can prove just as competitive.
Mr Elstub (Deputy Head)


Jack Petchey Recent Winners

As usual we presented three Jack Petchey Awards at the end of term. These were Samuel Kind, in year 11, who lives up to his surname but is also constantly striving to improve his work. Ivan in year 8, who is always helping other Spanish speakers coming into the school settled in and Isaiah, also in year 8, who has been described by his tutor as always punctual, mature, responsible, helpful and impeccable in his manners. Well done to all our autumn term winners!

Mrs Phillips(Senior Assistant Head)


Mathematics Masterclasses for Primary Schools.

In collaboration with The Royal Institution Mathematics Masterclasses, our Sixth Formers have delivered enrichment sessions to three local primary schools. 

After weeks of training and preparation Naz, Chenai, Emmanuel and Najib delivered a variety of challenging topics to a group of year 5 and 6 students to boost and inspire their mathematical confidence in and out of school.

All the students loved the lessons. “It was engaging and fun and we wished it would continue!  "

Mr Khan (Teacher Maths)



On Wednesday 19th November a small deputation from our school council were invited to Lambeth Town Hall to see a full council meeting. The purpose of the trip was to show the boys what democracy is like at an adult level and maybe inspire some of them to get involved when they are older. Tenison's already has a proud tradition of boys taking part in the Lambeth Youth Council, so it would be nice to think that one day an old Tenisonian might become a member of the 'real' Lambeth council. In the photo you can see Lambeth Council leader Lib Peck and deputy leader Imogen Walker talking to members of Tenison's school council. Our thanks go to both of them for taking the time to talk to our boys about how the council works.

Mr Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)




Revd Mpho TUTU Visited ATS 

On Thursday 20th November, we were very privileged to host a visit from Revd Mpho Tutu, the youngest daughter of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

She spoke to the whole school about the book she has recently written with her father, The Book of Forgiving, which seeks to give a practical guide to forgiving others. She spoke from personal experience, and from the experience of South Africa in coming to terms with past and present hurts. She reflected powerfully on Jesus' prayer for forgiveness for those who hurt him: 'Father, forgive them for they don't know what they're doing', and the way of forgiving Jesus makes possible. Students listened carefully and asked excellent questions. She kindly donated signed copies of her two recent books to the School Library.

Rev Matthew Prior


Remembrance day service


We held our annual Remembrance service on Monday 10th November. The visiting speaker was Revd Richard Cobbold, a retired Colonel in the Royal Marines. He spoke about finding meaning in being part of a group and part of a vision bigger than ourselves. As a Christian, he said he finds that in God's big vision of bringing peace to all creation, a vision we can all be part of now.

Wreaths were laid by the Chair of Governors, the  Headmistress, an Old Tenisonian and the Head Boy in memory of those who have died in war.

Revd Matt Prior




Evison Foundation Bursaries

Tenison's 6th formers have been given the opportunity to apply for an Evison foundation bursary which gives young people the opportunity to do something that would fulfil a dream that they have. We have been working with the foundation for three years now and are very fortunate that three of our students have been awarded a bursary:

  • Albert Adeyemi : to start a football team for you the young people on his estate
  • Jahid miah and Shayin mason to run a fashion show which will take place in November 2014.
For more information about the foundation watch this short film which stars Albert!  (Schools film)  

Ms Fox (Head of 6th Form) 


PSA Coffee Morning - Friday 7 November at 10.30am -11.30am 

Please do join us for tea/coffee and cakes at this Friday's event, which will run from 10.30am-11.30am. It will give you a chance to meet other parents & carers, as well as asking any questions you may have. You should enter the building via Front Reception. Do come if you can - it should be both informative and fun.

Mr Elstub (Deputy Headteacher) 

History Department Visit to the Imperial War Museum

On Thursday, 9th October, two Year classes, 8.7 and 8.18 visited the new First World War galleries at the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth. The boys thoroughly enjoyed the extremely informative and moving displays and were able to find about how tall and how old you had to be to enlist.  Seeing uniforms worn by soldiers who had fought in the war, trench signs pock marked by bullets and objects from the frontline really brought home the horrors of the war to the boys in a powerful way.

Staff and students all had plenty of feedback on their visit:-

“The best part of the exhibition was when we went into the trench.  It was very exciting and I got to experience what life in the trenches was like.  I felt scared, but exhilarated at the same time.” Byron 8.18

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Ms Appavoo(Head of History), Mr Macrory and Mr Melvin.


Trip to the Battlefields of World War On 

On 25th and 26th September, 40 of our Year 8 and 9 students went on a two day trip to France and Belgium.  The trip was led by Ms Phillips.  Miss Appavoo, Mr Melvin, Mr Weeks and Mr Webb accompanied the group.  Our visit on the first day focused on World War One cemeteries and places and battle sites in Belgium.  All of us on the trip were moved by the range of cemeteries we visited. The first was Essex Farm Cemetery where we learnt more about the poem Flanders Fields written by John McRae, who ran a field hospital close to Ypres.  Please click here to read more... 

Ms. Appavoo (Head of History)

Macmillan Coffee Morning

We are proud to report that BTEC and A Level Business students at Tenison's managed to raise £211 for Macmillan Cancer support charity.  This event allowed staff and students to raise money for a worthwhile cause and, at the same time, learn some of the skills required when organizing a successful (and profitable) event. The students sold a variety of cakes and provided refreshments throughout the day, making this a successful day for a great cause. Well done to Ms Adams and her students for making such an impressive effort.

 Mr. Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)

Whole school Prize Evening 

This year’s Prize Evening event, which took place on Thursday 11th September, followed the same format as last year by including International Evening and the Art and DT departmental exhibitions into one huge event, with hundreds of parents, carers and friends in attendance.

The event began at 6pm with a food, music and folklore extravaganza in the Dining Hall. Having filled their stomachs, parents were given the opportunity to view some of the best Art and DT work from the previous year. The standard of the work was as high as ever, unsurprisingly so given that four students from last year’s Year 13 have since gone on to art college.

The main part of the evening took place before a packed house in the Great Hall. Over a hundred students received prizes for achievement and progress across the year groups and the whole range of subjects studied at Tenison’s. The guest speaker was Ms Deborah Seddon from the Engineering Council, who reflected on the fact that the need for engineers is greater than ever.

At the end of the ceremony there was yet more food (!) to round off a memorable evening. Congratulations to all those who performed or won a prize.

Mr. Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)




Students at Archbishop Tenison’s School, Kennington Oval, are celebrating this year as GCSE results rose once more, with 69% of them achieving 5+ A* - C grades.

In the core subjects of English and Maths, figures were undeniably impressive: 87% of students achieved an A* - C grade in Maths (considerably above national averages) and the pass rate in English Language rose by a sensational 10%, with 68% of students achieving an A* - C grade, bucking the downwards trend in this subject nationwide.

Another impressive aspect of this year’s results was the number of students achieving top-end results, with 16% achieving 5 or more A*/A grades. This cements Tenison’s long-standing reputation for excellence among gifted and talented students.

Student, Abhinav Mahesh, said, “I was only at Tenison’s for 2 years but I’m delighted with my one A* and 10 A grades. I would recommend the school to anyone.” Remel Anno-Barnieh said, “I’m really pleased. I worked hard and it’s paid off. I got 9 A*s and 4 As.”

Mr. Elstub (Deputy Headteacher)


For the fourth year running, all students from Archbishop Tenison’s Sixth Form have a destination and therefore a more secure future; there are no NEETS (Not in Education, Employment or Training). In fact once again our uptake of university places is very high, with only one student deciding to retake his ‘A’ levels to improve his results despite getting an offer at university this year. All other students have been accepted at university. Overall results at Archbishop Tenison’s School have improved again with nearly all subjects getting 100% A*-E results.

Our star performer this year is undoubtedly Darrel Adjei, who will be reading Physics at Imperial College London. Darrel has gained an outstanding five ‘A’ levels (Maths - A*, Further Maths - A*, Religious Studies - A*, Physics - A and Chemistry - A).

Other notable results are Henry Hoang, who will be reading Mechanical Engineering at Surrey (Physics - A, Maths - A, Biology - C), Robert Chaplin-Dewey who will be reading Politics with International Relations at York (History - B, Government and Politics - B, Economics - B) and Lekan Omolewa who will be reading Psychology at Loughborough (Religious Studies - A, Sociology - B, Psychology - B).

As an Art Specialist College, we are thrilled that three of our students have been accepted into Camberwell Art College, and one also has the option of reading Architecture at De Montfort University.

At Archbishop Tenison’s we pride ourselves in the pastoral care that we give and are delighted that some students such as Ramone Patterson, Eric Valencia and Moses Boston amongst others, have secured places at university despite some difficulties along the way. Ramone will be reading Sociology, Eric will be reading International Marketing and Business, and Moses will be reading Architecture, all at De Montfort University. We do not give up on students; all who attend Archbishop Tenison’s are encouraged to work hard and achieve and we are particularly pleased that these young men have succeeded.  

Mrs Elizabeth Sims, Headmistress

 From the left George, Dennis, Robert, Mrs Sims(Headmistress) Darrel and Henrry



Miss Fox(Head of Sixth form) with A level Students  


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