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All the below articles have been taken from the Epsom Guardian unless otherwise stated.

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Tuesday 24 March 2015


Young engineers hoping to represent Britain in a robot building competition in South Africa are looking for funding.

A team of ten students from Ewell’s Glyn School have built and programmed Lego robots which pick up and move objects.

The pupils were invited to compete in an international championship after coming fourth in a national competition called the First Lego League.

But only four pupils will be able to fly out to South Africa for the competition in May unless the team manage to get more backing.

Jane Harding, the school’s computer club organiser, said: "To have done so well and got this far is amazing.

"We need significantly more financial help to take that next, huge step.

"As things stand, we can only take less than half the team who have worked so hard to reach this stage, which is absolutely agonising."

Costs come to about £1,000 per student. The pupils have raised £5,000 so far thanks to donors like engineering firm Atkins.

Ms Harding added: "If there are any local technology businesses out there or well-wishers who can help in any way to give these incredibly hard working and talented students such a unique opportunity, we’d love to hear from you.

"They’re not just representing Glyn School - they’re representing the whole country - so any help you can give them is an investment in the future of British engineering."

Email or call 020 8716 4949.



Thursday 19 March

High Praise from David Laws


Friday 13 March

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A Christmas tree, a dead fox and half a tonne of litter were unearthed at an annual Clean Up Day.

Ewell Village's littering hotspots were cleared up by 75 students from Glyn School.

Brian Angus, Ewell Village Residents' Association chairman, said: ‘This tremendous effort has completely cleared rubbish from a dozen places that had become unsightly and in some cases overwhelmed with litter, including some private land, and the improvement in visual amenity has been most striking."


Tuesday 20 January

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Students, staff and a school chef who teamed up to run a winter warming soup kitchen raised £200 for a homeless charity on Friday.

Glyn School, in The Kingsway, Epsom, raised the funds for St Mungo’s Broadway, which works to rebuild the lives of homeless people, with the belief that people can and do recover from the issues that create homelessness.

Staff and students were given the option to pre-order their choice of soup and have it delivered or collect it in person.

School chef Barny Cross, of Cucina Restaurants, a school caterer which puts trained chefs into school kitchens, said: "We wanted to raise awareness of the issues and challenges faced by the homeless, as well as raise some significant funds to donate to this worthy charity."


Monday 29 December

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An inspirational headteacher who turned a boys comprehensive into an outstanding school is to step down next year to concentrate on helping improve other schools.

Jon Chaloner has announced he is to leave his position at Glyn School, in The Kingsway, Ewell, next August after nine years at the helm.

During Mr Chaloner’s time there it has achieved two ‘outstanding’ Ofsted reports - in 2009 and 2012.

He took over the role in 2006, the same year it was threatened with a 'notice to improve' by Ofsted. 

Mr Chaloner said he is leaving to concentrate on his role as chief executive officer of the GLF Schools group - a trust created in 2012 around Glyn’s status as a National Support School.

It consists of non-selective primary, secondary and special schools in the South East which are provided with the support and strategy required to improve by staff at Glyn.

Mr Chaloner said the growth of his role within GLF has brought about his decision.

He said: "This was an extremely difficult decision but it is one that has to be made now that Glyn is one of 12 schools within GLF.

"Being at Glyn has been an enjoyable and successful part of my professional life, and I am delighted with the school’s success over the years.

"Glyn is now a Leading Edge School, a National Support School and a National Teaching School - these accolades confirm the work that staff at Glyn share with colleagues in other schools.

"My role at GLF means that I will still have a connection to Glyn, but it also provides me with an opportunity to try and help lead similar improvements at our other member schools."

Paul Carpenter, chair of governors, paid tribute to Mr Chaloner’s "exceptional" contribution to the school’s development and reassured parents that Glyn would continue to flourish.

He said: "Mr Chaloner’s contribution to Glyn School is remarkable.

"Under his charge, standards have been raised, facilities have improved, teaching is better and more opportunities are available to students.

"The governors have a structure in place to find his successor, and we have advertised the position.

"We will ensure that we have a new Headteacher installed for September to write the next chapter of the Glyn School story."


Glyn School seeks former students to support current students, like these upper and lower school students pictured..

Did you go to Glyn School? If you’re a former student who would like to support current students, the school would love to hear from you!

Right now, there are students in the assembly hall where you once sat, facing similar challenges and opportunities that you did. Being connected to you could really help them.

The school in The Kingsway is one of nearly 500 state schools and colleges across Britain which have registered with the charity Future First to set up networks of former students or alumni.

Future First’s vision is that every state school or college should be supported by a thriving, engaged alumni community that helps it to do more for its students.

More than 60,000 former students across Britain have already signed up to stay connected with their old school. They’re inspiring young people in a number of ways; as career and education role models, mentors or e-mentors, work experience providers, governors, donors or fundraisers.

It doesn’t matter when you left school, whether you’re in further education or employment, whether you still live nearby or have moved further away, there are still ways you can help!

“More than 39 per cent of state school students don’t know anyone in a job they’d like to do,” said Alex Shapland-Howes, Managing Director of Future First. “If they see that someone who went to the same school, grew up in the same community, has achieved a fulfilling and satisfying job, it helps them see it’s possible for them too. It’s really important for all students to be motivated to succeed in the working world and hearing first hand from relatable people in interesting jobs can make a huge difference.”

Head of Glyn School, Ian Keary, said,” We are really excited about connecting with former Glyn School students using the Future First networks programme. We believe that the valuable experience of the former students will be vital in helping us to prepare our current students for the next steps in their lives, whether that be the challenges of further education or the world of employment.”

Marion Meadows, who manages the Future First programme at the school, is waiting to hear from former students on Alumni can also sign up to Future First’s alumni scheme by clicking on the “Former Students” link on the website

Teachers wishing to sign up another school to Future First should click the “Schools and Colleges staff” link.

For further information about Future First, log onto . Alternatively contact our Press and Publicity Officer Sue Crabtree on, our Programme Director, Megan Clatworthy on or call one of the team on 0207 239 8933.


Thursday 26th June

Richards V The World


Thursday 26th June
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Thursday 19th June

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Cadets learning to fend for themselves thanks to a new Government scheme to launch cadet forces in schools have met the Prime Minister.

Pupils from Glyn School, in The Kingsway, Epsom, met David Cameron at Downing Street during a reception yesterday evening.

The event marked the Prime Minister's announcement of plans for a £1million bursary scheme which will help state schools with the costs of running a Combined Cadet Force, using the money raised by the Government from fining banks involved with fraudulent practices during the Libor scandal.

The Government aims to create 100 new cadet units by 2015.

While the set-up costs will be covered by its funding, schools will have to fund running and staff costs as part of their curriculum funding.

The scheme aims to give more young people the chance to experience a military ethos - self-discipline, teamwork, punctuality and self-confidence.

Mr Cameron said: "Being a cadet is a fantastic opportunity that gives young people the skills you need to get on in life.

"I want many more people to gain this type of experience no matter what their background, and that is exactly what this new funding will help deliver."

Glyn School and the City of London Freemen’s, in Ashtead Park, has a Combined Cadet Force (CCF) of 50 cadets.

James Miller, 13, a cadet at Glyn, said: "In CCF we have learnt skills that are useful for everyday life which include navigation and first aid.

"Other skills, which are probably not that useful for living in Epsom, include camouflage and concealment and skill at arms.

"There is always something new round the corner."


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Thursday 7th November 2013

Star of the future Helps, helps himself to a life in waterpolo

Matt Helps was so convinced he would not win the Epsom & Ewell young sports personality of the year, he and his family sat at the back of the auditorium to watch the other winners accept their prizes.

However, when the 14-year-old’s name was read out, it was Helps who was being watched as he made the long walk to the stage.



The accolade marks a big year in the life of the water polo star, a year that culminated in the Epsom-based teenager getting into the Croydon Amphibians senior team as they vie for a place in the sport’s top national league.

That is not to say that Helps, who attends Glyn School in Ewell, has been thrown in at the deep end – for he has captained sides at regional and county level, and he is currently training for a place in the GB squad ahead of the 2015 European Championships.

“I played my first game for the U12s when I was seven, and when I scored, I was hooked,” Helps said.

Read the full article here: Local Guardian - Star of the future Helps helps himself to a life in waterpolo



Thursday 24th October 2013

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Children in Surrey celebrate receiving this year’s Active Kids equipment 


  • Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane and Cheam Road Local customers have helped to donate £6,776,306 worth of Active Kids equipment and experiences across the Surrey Local Education Authority since the scheme launched in 2005.


  • Active Kids ambassador David Beckham congratulates schools, groups and clubs in Surrey.


Glyn School in Epsom was the top collecting organisation local to Kiln Lane and Cheam Road this year, collecting a stunning 46,758 vouchers.

The school has been registered to the Active Kids scheme since July 2013 and Jon Chaloner, Executive Headteacher at Glyn commented:
"We had a fantastic response to the Active Kids Voucher scheme this year.  Customers at Sainsbury’s Kiln Lane have been really supportive and it’s great to be the top collecting organisation in our area. The scheme has helped us teach the benefits of a healthier, more active lifestyle to hundreds of children over the last few years and we’re really looking forward to getting active with this year’s equipment”



Wednesday 14th September

Ewell’s Glyn School among best schools in Britain for 2013 GCSE results

Outstanding GCSE results at the only boys' comprehensive school in Surrey have placed it at among the best in Britain.

Ewell’s Glyn School came 23rd out of the country's 245 comprehensive schools for its GCSE results last month according to a table published by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.

The league table was based on the percentage of candidates with five or more A*-C grades including English and maths.

It was a record breaking year for the school with 86.61 per cent of boys achieving the target.

A third of all results at the school were either A* or A.

Executive headteacher Jon Chaloner told the BBC: "I believe it's the hard work of students and staff but also their parents as well in supporting the boys.

"This year we have broken records again so we are quite happy."

On results day Nathan Gravenell, a student at Glyn School, said: "I'm really happy. I did better than I expected. I've done well enough to stay here and continue with A-levels."



Friday 14th June 2013

Mayor Colin Taylor joins Glyn School Epsom students at creative arts evening

The mayor of Epsom enjoyed a cultural evening with students at their school where he was treated to art, film, design and technology and drama.
Glyn School, in The Kingsway, Epsom, welcomed the mayor, Councillor Colin Taylor, last week.
As well as viewing GCSE work, he and other guests, who included school governors, ex-students and staff and current students and their families, were entertained by the school’s junior drama group, who performed a short play Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations, and heard the finalists of the Tony Cooper Poetry and Prose competition read their entries.

Music students also performed solo and group items in the school quad throughout the evening, and a sixteen-piece school ukulele band sung a medley of songs.

The mayor took time to speak to each student about their creative work, before presenting awards to the winners of the poetry and prose competition, which is held in memory of a very popular English teacher.

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Thursday 9th May 2013

Archie's Fencing Glory



Saturday 4th May 2013

Young entreprenuers from Epsom schools win awards

Chris Grayling MP celebrated the talents of students at three Epsom schools hailing them as ‘entrepreneurs of the future’.

Judges at the Young Enterprise East-Mid Surrey area finals were wowed by business ventures from students at Rosebery with their vibrant tie-dyed t-shirts, Glyn ADT Technical College with unusual mashed potato flavouring and Blenheim with their display of cupcake candles.

There was stiff competition, with business ventures from students at City of London Freemen’s, Ashtead, St John’s, Leatherhead and Epsom College.

Each company was required to produce a 10-page report, make a four-minute presentation and develop a 15-second advertisement.

Mr Grayling said the project is a valuable tool for tackling youth unemployment and stimulating the economy. He said: "Over the years countless young people have been inspired to start up their own businesses after taking part in the Young Enterprise scheme and it’s vital that we continue to inspire these entrepreneurs of the future."

Sara Olsen, a local board member for Young Enterprise, said: "It is clear we have seen a number of tomorrow’s entrepreneurs here tonight."

The three successful groups went on to present their projects at the Surrey finals at Surrey University on Wednesday.

The winning team was from Guildford High School but Rosebery, won the award for best use of technology, Glyn scooped the award for best innovation and best presentation.

Young Enterprise


Thursday 10 January 2013

Sports Brief - Fencing 10-JAN-13

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Thomas Stevens Kickboxing

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