Chantry High School (Worcestershire)

Chantry High School (Worcestershire)
Chantry High School
Established Reopened 1963
Type Secondary
Religion non denominational
Head teacher Stephen Jowet
Chairperson Tim Nott
Specialism Technology
Location Martley
Local authority Worcestershire
DfE URN 116980
Ofsted Reports
Students 700
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Colours Maroon/Black
Website Chantry High School

The Chantry High School is mixed gender comprehensive school in Martley, Worcestershire, England. The school has about 700 students on roll who come mainly from small villages around the edge of Worcester,[1] The school has a Technology College specialism. A July 2009 Ofsted report awarded the school a Grade 1 (Outstanding).[1]



A chantry had been founded at Martley before 1350. It was probably founded in 1315, when the chapel of St. Mary was built. The founder is not known, but it appears from 16th-century deeds that the objects of the chantry were besides the chantry services the maintenance of a school, the repair of the church and 'other charitable alms. It was not returned among the chantries at the Dissolution and in the 16th and 17th centuries its endowments known as St. Mary Lands were the subject of much litigation as concealed lands. From depositions taken in 1573–4 it appeared that part of the rents had been previously applied to the maintenance of a chantry priest called St. Mary priest, who said the St. Mary mass within the church of Martley and received part of the profits of the lands from certain specially appointed wardens called St. Mary wardens, with certain other moneys, 'gathered in the parish of every man his devotion.' The last priest maintained with a stipend was Sir William Sheward, who died 7 March 1544. He used to say mass in a 'clossed' on the right side of the church commonly called Sir William's 'closed.' The last St. Mary wardens were chosen about forty years before, and received the rents for about twenty years. By a decree of 1577 a messuage and lands in Martley and elsewhere, part of this property, were assigned for the maintenance of a free school in Martley, and the chantry-house, that was a timbered building in the churchyard, from that time became the schoolhouse.

The present school opened in 1963 becoming a Comprehensive High School in 1983 as part of Worcestershire Schools reorganisation.


The school has been awarded the Investors in People Status,[1] and the Sportsmark award, and also has Healthy Schools and Green Flag Eco status, and the Extended Services Stamp[1]

Notable alumni

  • Nigel Slater, food writer and broadcaster.
  • Kit Harington, actor.


  1. ^ a b c d [1] Retrieved 28 September 2010

Coordinates: 52°14′18″N 2°21′28″W / 52.23826°N 2.357823°W / 52.23826; -2.357823