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Hall Mead School
Marlborough Gardens, Cranham, RM14 1SF, UK Upminster
+44 (0)1708 225684


Welcome to Hall Mead School

Hall Mead is a co-educational comprehensive school. Of the 192 pupils who are admitted to the School each year, the majority come from Cranham and Upminster, the remainder from other parts of Havering. The School is a popular choice with parents, and, as a consequence, it has been consistently oversubscribed.

The School, which caters for the 11-16 age range, works in partnership with both Havering Sixth Form College and Havering College of Further & Higher Education. At 16, most Hall Mead pupils transfer to one or other of the colleges in order to take advantage of the wide range of high quality courses available.

The schools current staffing complement comprises 75 teachers and 63 support staff. Hall Mead prides itself on the quality of its staff. The combination of experience, expertise, enthusiasm and commitment ensures that pupils and parents receive the best possible service.

The school has pleasing, well-maintained buildings and grounds which are valued and respected by pupils.

The excellent specialist facilities include:-

  • Seven science laboratories
  • Seven technology rooms, including four Design and Technology workshops, a Design and Graphics room, two Food Technology rooms.
  • An Information communication technology and business studies suite equipped with up-to-date ICT hardware and software.
  • A large and attractive hall, two Drama studios, three Art rooms, and a music suite (including practice rooms and a music technology room and a recording studio).
  • A resources centre, which houses the library; multi-media computer, audio-visual and reprographics facilities; and an exhibition/conference room.
  • A careers room in which a wide range of information is provided.
  • A sports complex comprising a sports hall, gymnasium, health and fitness suite, tennis courts and other outdoor facilities.
  • A Learning support centre
  • A computer centre in each of our six faculties.
  • A New E-Learning Centre


The School's aims for the curriculum are as follows:

1 To ensure full access to the National Curriculum and other subjects for all pupils in accordance with the School's Equal Opportunities Policy.
2 To help pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and the ability to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
3 To help pupils to acquire knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment in a rapidly changing world.
4 To instill spiritual and moral values and tolerance of other races, religions and ways of life.
5 To help pupils to understand the world in which they live and the interdependence of individuals, groups and nations.
6 To help pupils to appreciate human achievements and aspirations.
7 To help pupils to develop an historical perspective of the society and world in which they live.
8 To help pupils to use language and number effectively.
9 To enable all members of the School community and members of the local community which the School serves to enjoy the benefits and opportunities afforded by a technological society
10 To encourage all pupils to participate fully in the wider community, and develop an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship
On entering the School each pupil is allocated to a tutor group. The tutor groups are based on the house system, in which the four houses (Chapman, Dickens, Talbot and Waltham) are used for pastoral, social and competitive purposes. A pupil normally stays in the same tutor group throughout his or her time at Hall Mead.
Each group represents a cross section of pupils and is balanced in terms of pupils abilities. In the Lower School (Y7-Y9), pupils are taught in their tutor groups for the most part, but provision is made at various stages in some subjects for grouping in sets based on ability. For the first three years, pupils follow a common curriculum in the main, the aim being to provide a complete foundation programme for all. The maximum size of a teaching group in the Lower School is normally 24


Hall Mead was designated by the Department for Education and Employment as a Technology College with effect from 1st September 1997; this resulted in an investment in the school approaching half a million pounds over three years.
In September 2000 we were granted specialist status for the second time with a further grant of approximately œ360,000. In 2003 we were awarded specialist status for a further four years.

As a Specialist School, Hall Mead is expected to act as a Centre of Good Practice, developing initiatives and raising standards in Technology, Science and Mathematics, whilst continuing to pursue excellence in the full range of subjects.

When we were awarded Technology Status, we pledged that all subjects would benefit from Technology Status through the use of ICT (Information Communication Technology), we continue to fulfil this pledge.

Hall Mead has continued to meet the targets for Technology Status. Listed are just some of the targets met.

We have continued to provide:

  • Saturday morning classes in Computer Aided
  • Design for students and staff from other secondary schools;
  • masterclasses in Maths, ICT and D & T for primary schools;
  • training for students and local businesses in Web Design;
  • KS4 masterclasses in Science;
  • entering Year 10 students for Intermediate Maths at GCSE;
  • Maths, Science, D & T and ICT masterclasses for our main feeder primary schools.
  • Fast Track Design & Technology GCSE.


In additional to the tarqets we have;

  • purchased interactive schemes of work for all KS4 subjects;
  • increased the number of networked computers to a ratio of 1 computer to every 4 students;
  • introduced ECDL to parents;
  • provided PSE with a suite of computers;
  • provided the Library with computers;
  • connected the Library to the network and Internet;
  • provided Design and Technology with a further 12 computers connected to the network and the Internet;
  • provided the School with 23 interactive whiteboards;
  • refurbished ICT 2 and ICT 3 computer rooms into one larger room;
  • provided the Music Department with a soundproof recording studio;
  • continued to assist other schools in their quest for specialist status;
  • provided faculties with wireless laptops for use in classrooms.
    networked all classrooms in the School:
  • installed an upgraded firewall protection system for the internet:
  • provided extra training for staff in the use of ICT for report writing;
  • continued to fast-track Year 10 pupils for GCSE Design and Technology;
  • purchased a digital video camera and a digital camera for the Creative Arts Faculty and Media Studies Department:
  • provided fast track GCSE lessons in Music;
    networked computers in the new Learning Support Suite:
  • provided training in Maths, ICT and Design and Technology for staff in other secondary schools;
  • provided Languages and Music with sets of laptop computers;

For the future we will be aiming to:

  • provide industry standard CAD (Autocad) classes for the community;
  • where possible, increase the number of computers in each faculty from 12 to 24;
  • connect to and broadcast lessons to our partner schools;
  • provide courses in the European Computer Driving Licence;
  • open our new Learning Centre in 2006 containing 75 computers;

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