The London Nautical School was founded in 1915, as a consequence of the official report into the loss of the “Titanic”. In 1990, it became one of the country’s first 11-18 comprehensive secondary schools for boys to be awarded grant maintained status.
In September 1999, we became a Foundation School within the London Borough of Lambeth. The school is situated in Stamford Street on the south bank of the River Thames, in between Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge.
The London Nautical School is a smaller than average school situated in the heart of London. The school has a unique nautical ethos, is very popular and is heavily oversubscribed with four applications for every available place. It serves a very wide catchment area which stretches throughout London. The school has specialist sports status and has gained a number of prestigious accolades including Healthy Schools Standard and the British Council Gold Award for International Work.
The school has a welcoming and harmonious community, where students are happy and safe and make sound academic progress. They behave appropriately and respect the views of others. Through the work associated with the national awards, students have a good understanding of the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, participating enthusiastically in sporting activities and physical pursuits, which reflect well the ethos of the Sports College status.
Students make a good contribution to their local community by acting as sports leaders in primary schools and through the school’s partnerships with other schools overseas.
The well-orchestrated curriculum has recently been re-organised to meet the needs and enthusiasm of all students. Students experience a good range of activities, which are enriched well by visits to places of interest and significance, such as the First World War battlefields. Guest speakers, theatrical productions and clubs ranging from Lego construction to Ju-Jitsu enhance the curriculum further. At Key Stage 4, great care has been taken to ensure that there is a good blend of vocational and academic courses. This together with visits to sporting events and overseas trips to Holland, Italy and Norway provide opportunities for students to broaden their personal and academic skills. Maritime connections offer exciting and unique opportunities for students to acquire new skills through the annual regatta and weekend sailing opportunities.