Sweyne Park School is a coeducational secondary school situated in Rayleigh, Essex, England, with specialised provision for hearing-impaired pupils. The school was formed in September 1997 following the amalgamation of Sweyne School and Park School. The Headteacher is Katharine Dines who took the position in April 2019, following from Andy Hodgkinson MA (Oxon), who resigned due to family illness.The school is an 11-18 academy (with a roll of 1,240 pupils), having opened a sixth form in September 2014. The sixth form has a maximum role of 140 students, including 15 external students, who will be admitted in Year 12.
In 2007, the school embarked on its journey to become a Thinking School, which has been instrumental in the school’s continued success, including gaining an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating in 2010.The school has established a strong reputation in the educational community, taking a lead in a range of projects including the Employability for Life Charter, Pupil Voice and improving the accessibility of learning environments, especially for pupils with hearing impairment.
In 2014, Andy Hodgkinson was awarded the Gold Plato as Senior School Headteacher of the Year, in the Pearson's Teaching Awards
The school has achieved a number of awards since it opened. The following awards have been awarded or re-accredited since 2010:
Artsmark Gold Award
International School Award
Investors in People Gold Award
Leading Edge Partnership
Leading Parent Partnership Award
National Support School
Ofsted "Outstanding" School
Recognition of Quality Award (Careers)
Thinking School (Exeter University)
UNICEF Rights Respecting School GOLD
Head Teacher of the Year Award
Notable former pupils
Sweyne Park Grammar Technical School
Victor Citarella, Director of Social Services from 1991-2000 for the City of Liverpool, and president in 1992 of the Social Care Association
Stephen Patriarca, Headmaster from 200-08 of William Hulme's Grammar School, Oldham, and English teacher
Margaret Rudland, Headmistress from 1986-2008 of Godolphin and Latymer School, President in 1996 of the Girls' Schools Association (GSA) and Maths teacher
Brian Staples, Chief Executive from 1999-2004 of Amey 99-2004, from 1995-99 of United Utilities, from 1994-95 of North West Water, and from 1992-94 of Tarmac Group
Barbara Stuttle CBE, nurse, Fellow of the Queen's Nursing Institute, National Clinical Lead Nursing and Midwifery from 2005-09 for NHS Connecting for Health
Professor James Gray, Professor of Theorectical Physics University of Viginia.
Lee Brilleaux (Lee Collinson) 1964-1968 English rhythm-and-blues singer and musician with the band Dr. Feelgood.
Geoffrey Mills, Headmaster from 1983-98 of The Latymer School (Head of Spanish from 1962–65)
Kate Spiller B.Ed., M.A, Headmistress 1997-2006
Andy Hodgkinson MA (Oxon), Headteacher 2006-2019