History of the School
The Wavell School is an 11-16 co-educational community school of over 1000 students, serving the civilian and military communities of North Camp, Farnborough, Aldershot and Surrey borders. It was named after Lord Wavell, one of the most inspirational generals of the 20th Century.
Lord Wavell held the most difficult commands of the last war with courage and brilliance. At one time, while Commander in Chief, Middle East, he was conducting operations on four different fronts simultaneously. He was also a member of the Royal Society of Arts and published an anthology of his favourite poems, "Other Men's Flowers".
We gift copies of this Anthology to our visitors and guests as a symbol of our heritage.
The Wavell School’s Official Opening was on 23rd October 1970 led by Lady Pamela Humphrys, daughter of Lord Wavell and we were delighted when her son, Owen Humphrys, returned to the School 40 years later to help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary and again in 2021 to celebrate our 50th Anniversary which was delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.
1970 - Opening of the School
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1994 - 25th Anniversary
2010 - 40th Anniversary
2020 - 50th Anniversary
Our 50th Anniversary celebrations were postponed to 2021 due to the global COVID-19 pandemic
As part of our 50th Anniversary we buried a time capsule containing a snapshot of life at the School in our 50th Year during a global pandemic! A virtual time capsule has also been created on our website. Both of these are scheduled to be 'opened' on 23rd March 2040, the 20th anniversary of the date we first went into lockdown!!
On the doorstep of one of the biggest aerospace centres in Europe and with a direct link to the history of flight we are committed to becoming a centre of excellence of Science, Mathematics and Technology.
At the beginning of the 21st Century we became a Specialist Technology College and in 2002 we opened The Wavell Primary Science Centre as well as becoming the Lead School in Launchpad for Learning, a charitable project sponsored by the aerospace industry aimed at inspiring and exciting students in the use and potential of Technology.