Kidbrooke School

Kidbrooke School
Kidbrooke School
Motto "Learning together, enjoying success"
Established 1954
Type Community School
Headteacher Trisha Jaffe
Specialism Arts
Location Corelli Road
Shooters Hill Road

Local authority Greenwich
DfE URN 100185


Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Colours Navy blue and Sky blue

Coordinates: 51°28′10″N 0°02′37″E / 51.46947°N 0.04353°E / 51.46947; 0.04353

Kidbrooke School (Corelli College from 1st September 2011) opened in 1954 as the first purpose-built comprehensive school in Britain. The school is located on Corelli road and near the Kidbrooke area of the London Borough of Greenwich. The school has specialist status as an Arts College


Leading the food revolution

Kidbrooke was the focus of TV chef Jamie Oliver's campaign to improve school dinners in Britain as part of his TV series Jamie's School Dinners. Jamie Oliver's campaign was particularly important at a school like Kidbrooke, where the majority of students receive free school dinners and thus rely on it as their main source of nutrition.[citation needed] Nora, the head cook, had success with her book "Nora's Dinners" and left the school on the 24 May 2007.

The present

A recent Ofsted inspection found Kidbrooke to be "one of the top schools in the borough" and rated it with 15 outstanding fetures including an "outstanding curriculum"[1].

This meant Kidbrooke was eligable to become a Co-operative type 2 Academy(Corelli College).

Arts and drama

From September 2005, Kidbrooke has been re-designated as a single Specialist Arts College specialising in Media, Drama and Art which will mean significantly more funding and even greater opportunities for students, staff, our family of schools and partner community groups.

The Kidbrooke School drama department's production of "Romeo and Juliet" was performed at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, in October 2009 following a sell out run at Greenwich Theatre.[citation needed] The last Kidbrooke School production to be performed at this venue was the largely successful "Hotel World" by Ali Smith, a performance which earned the title of Best Play in the Edinburgh Fringe Report Awards.[2] In August 2010, Romeo and Juliet ran for a successful week at the Edinburgh Fringe festival led by director L. Cuthbertson[3]; earning several four to five star reviews[citation needed]. The play was modernized to highlight issues of knife crime and social disorder prevalent in the Kidbrooke community, in association with the Jimmy Mizen foundation[4], and this, as well as powerful representations of characters such as Tybalt, Juliet, and Nurse Angelica[5] were particular points of acclaim from Fringe critics.[6]

Attack of student

On 24 January 1997 students from neighbouring school Thomas Tallis attacked and murdered one of the school's pupils, CJ Rickard, 14, with a 17-inch machete. [7]

Notable alumni


External links

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