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|Department for Education URN||125301 Tables|
|Co-Principals||Karen Griffths, Eden Tanner|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Number of students||1800|
|Colour(s)||Blue, white and black|
|Former name||Frimley and Camberley Grammar School|
Collingwood is the largest secondary school in Surrey, with over 2,000 pupils, including more than 400 in the sixth form. It occupies a 30-acre (120,000 m2) campus and is divided in the three main areas 'Kingston' (Years 10 & 11) and 'Barossa' (Years 7-9), and the new, purpose-built, sixth form centre. This was funded by the sale of land, on which the college's previous sixth form centre (named 'Ballard') was situated. Collingwood College is a DfE designated high-performing specialist academy, specialising in technology and vocational-education.
The school derives itself from the Frimley and Camberley County Grammar School, the Bagshot County Secondary School, and the Barossa County Secondary School. In July 1970, Surrey County Council wavered over whether to go ahead with the comprehensive plan.
The first Headmaster in 1971 was Mr. Leonard Roe, who had previously been Headmaster of the grammar school. He was followed by Peter Halls-Dickerson, who was a major advocate of the idea of direct grant schools. Collingwood was one of the earliest direct grant schools to be created after the passage of the legislation by the then Conservative government.[dubious ] The headmaster from 1974 until the 1990s was Peter Halls-Dickerson.
On 1 September 1991 Collingwood School became Collingwood College – a Grant Maintained school. This change of status was overwhelmingly supported by the parents. In 1999, under the new School's Framework, the school adopted Foundation status.
In September 1994 Collingwood College became a Self-Governing Technology College. Following the new funding, the school built the Halls-Dickerson Technology centre, also one of the first of its kind. As of 1 April 2008, the College has been granted High Performing Specialist School status. The school also specialises in Vocational Education, which provides education for working life; such as hairdressing, building and other manual labour based jobs.
Collingwood is a founding member of the Surrey Heath Area Partnership for Education, (SHAPE) Surrey's 14-19 network. SHAPE runs Diploma courses in IT, for which Collingwood is the lead school and also Society Health and Development. Future Diplomas will be offered in Business and Finance and Creative Media which will begin in 2009.
Every year Collingwood Productions stage their annual musical. The Productions are auditioned in the first two weeks of December, allowing the principals to get to grips with their parts over the holidays. They then return in January to begin the rehearsal process. After the two and a half month period the shows are staged around the last week of March and normally run for four nights, Wednesday to Saturday.
Due to the huge number of students at Collingwood, the school is very organised in its hierarchy of staff. Each year has a Head Of Year and Pastoral Assistant, who move up with the students through their years at the school. Also, each assistant principal is assigned to a year, to take care of other pastoral issues.
In 2005, the new Sixth Form Centre was officially opened by the Countess of Wessex. This replaced the aging "Ballard" building which was subsequently demolished after the sale of the land it was situated on. The Sixth Form Centre features an extremely modernised architecture, a series of seven small IT classrooms plus one large computer suite on the top floor. The centre provides facilities for sixth form students such as a common room and private study area.
Collingwood performs consistently above both the LEA (Surrey) and national average at both GCSE and A-Level.