Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School
Motto Abeunt Studia in Mores
(Through Study, Character Grows)
Established 1931 (1931)
Type Grammar school
Religion Secular
Headmaster Nigel Walker
Specialism Sports
Location Hurst Road
Greater London
DA15 9AG
Local authority London Borough of Bexley
Students 1318
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Houses Davies, Edlemann, Lester, Townshend, Williams, Staff
Colours      Purple
Former Pupils Old Sedcopians

Coordinates: 51°26′11″N 0°06′29″E / 51.43643°N 0.10794°E / 51.43643; 0.10794

Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School (colloquially referred to in the local area as Chis 'n' Sid[citation needed] ) is a mixed grammar school located in Hurst Road (A222), Sidcup in the London Borough of Bexley, England. It is next to Lamorbey Park, the Rose Bruford College drama school, Sidcup railway station and Hurstmere Foundation School.



The school is well known in the local area for its distinctive purple blazers. In the 1960s—when it was boys only—the school was ranked second in the country behind Manchester Grammar School. The current Headmaster is Mr Nigel Walker, who took up the position in January 2009. The school motto is 'Abeunt studia in mores', Latin for "Through study character grows". Each year group is split into houses named after the founders of the school: Davies, Edlmann, Leicester, Staff, Townsend and Williams (usually abbreviated as D, E, L, S, T and W).


Members of the school's sixth form organise the publication of an annual school magazine, The Chronicle, which has been in production since the 1930s. A self-published book entitled Past Purple was written about the history of the school by former teacher Charles Wells.

Notable departments

Art Department

The Art department holds an annual summer exhibition in the Curve Gallery of work from its GCSE and A-level students.

Drama Department

The Drama department organises an annual school play (which, in previous years have included Jesus Christ Superstar, The Frogs and A Comedy of Errors). An annual sketch show for lower school students entitled Summer Shorts has also been held over the last three years to replace the formerly held annual production of the Junior Drama group (whose performances had included Johnny and the Dead).

Sports Department

As a Sports College, the school places an emphasis on the Sports Department. The school has a long rugby heritage, which dominated the sports department until the death of rugby coach Noel Horrobin in 2006.[1]


1931 to 1999

The school opened in 1931 in the site at what is now The Bird College. It moved to the site currently occupied by Kemnal Technology School, before moving to its current site.[citation needed]

On 4 May 1971, four home-made bombs were found in the woods adjoining the school. The authorities thought these belonged to the Angry Brigade,[2] although they could also be the work of the same students who devised improvised bombs as an experiment on a school trip to Norway in 1970.

In 1973 the compulsory wearing of the school cap was abolished.[citation needed]

In January 1983, the school featured on the front page of all the national tabloids. Excessive drinking at the 1982 Sixth Form Christmas Party resulted in the suspension of almost 200 pupils for one day, including the majority of the sixth form. The story was reported by all national newspapers. The Sun nicknamed the school "Sozzlehurst and Hiccup".[citation needed]

Since 2000

In 2004, Jim Rouncefield left his post as Headmaster and Dr Joe Vitagliano took over. The school soon gained joint sports college status with the neighbouring Hurstmere School and in 2004 the Jubilee Pavilion was built primarily for sports (it contained changing rooms and a dance studio).

By early 2006 the 'old' school logo was abolished and a new adaptation was introduced.[citation needed]

A few years later the Quentin Blake Block was built for £3.5 million for the Art and Design Departments, which contained within it the Curve Gallery, which has since held an annual exhibition of student art, along with various other exhibitions (including a retrospective of the work of local artist Bill Hudson, entitled "Routes").

On 1 October 2008, Mayor of London and former Conservative MP Boris Johnson visited the school to officially open the new sports centre. In 2009, Vitagliano left and Mr Walker, the former deputy head, took over his position.

On 5 November 2009, a team composed of former students from the class of 2004 named "Sozzlehurst and Hiccup" competed on BBC Two quiz show Eggheads, losing narrowly in the final round.[3]

Notable students and staff


External links

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