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Icknield High School

Icknield High School
Icknield High School logo.png
Riddy Lane

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Coordinates51°54′28″N 0°25′40″W / 51.90785°N 0.42791°W / 51.90785; -0.42791
Department for Education URN137679 Tables
HeadteacherMr John Noble
Age11 to 16

Icknield High School is a state funded, non-denominational secondary academy school catering for pupils aged between 11 and 16 in Luton, Bedfordshire.

The school ranks 2nd of 21 secondary schools for Progress 8 in the Luton Local Authority.[1] The headteacher is Mr John Noble. Ofstead found the school 'good'[2]


The school has a specialism in Art . There are 19 courses on offer at GCSE level with four different art qualifications. These are:

  • Art & Design
  • Graphics and Digital Media
  • Textiles
  • Film

School days

During 1998, Icknield High School was the subject of an ITV documentary titled School Days. The six-part series took in day-to-day activities around the school, in addition to focusing on a handful of pupils threatened with expulsion from the school.

Academy status

It was announced in late March 2011 that the governing body at the school have taken the contentious decision to fully investigate and explore the possibility of Icknield High School converting to an academy, after much objection from parents and external bodies who felt that the school would operate better under its then current structure. The school formally gained academy status on 1 December 2011.


The five years are each represented in the school's uniform by coloured bands on the ties, as of May 2015, these are: Yellow(Year 8), Blue (Year 9), Red (Year 10), Green (Year 11) and Silver (Year 7) for years 7 through 11 respectively. The uniform also includes a blazer with an additional jumper, which is not compulsory. Prefects are given ties which include all five of these colours. The senior prefects are in turn given a band of a certain year, to whom they have to help; the bands are then sewed on to the cuffs of the blazer, ie a senior prefect selected to govern the year 8s would be given blue bands. The Head of Student Voice (school council) receives multicolour stitchings to the cuffs of the blazer, showing each year colour that belongs to the school.

Hijab controversy[3]

In 2004, the school's policy on uniforms, which banned hijabs, came up for review by the school governors after Luton Borough Council pointed out that the ban might breach the Race Relations Act. The issue was quickly resolved and a black Hijab is now an optional item of school uniform which must be tucked into collar so tie can be seen by school. .[4]

Notable former pupils


  1. ^ "Find and compare schools in England". Retrieved 17 April 2018.
  2. ^ []. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Student voice
  4. ^ "School reviews headscarf ban". BBC News. 28 January 2004.

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