There was much Christmas cheer as our community came together on the 10th December, to enjoy our Christmas Fair. It’s been a while since we were all together and what better time to celebrate than the festive season? So we dusted our decorations off…

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A brand new school for our community!

Work is set to start on our new building with an anticipated completion date of May 2023. This means the 2021-22 academic year will be the last full year on our current site! With state-of-the-art learning and sports facilities, the new Compass School just next door, will facilitate a fantastic education for our young people. Read more

“One kind word” was the theme for this year’s anti-bullying week that ran from 15th – 19th November. Compass School shares the view of the Anti-Bullying Alliance that kindness is more important today than it has ever been. Read the full Community Bulletin 30.11.21

Marking Remembrance At this time of year we see our nation at its finest: united in remembrance of the fallen in the Great War and conflicts since. They, from all walks of life, nationalities and identities, gave their lives in service of our country and ideals so we can enjoy the freedom we hold today. Click here to read full bulletin

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There was a fitting end to Black History Month with visible celebration of our diverse community. This year’s theme was “Proud to be” and Deputy Head Boy, Mohamado, used this as inspiration to encourage pupils to reflect on what makes them proud, and to celebrate this with a smiling portrait taken by Ms Ragusa. These were collated into a fantastic display. There is more to come as Mohamado hopes to bring Kay Rufai’s, Smiling Boys project to Compass School…. Click link below for full bulletin.

Community Bulletin – Issue 3 22.10.21

Author visits play a critical role in inspiring pupils to read, and the visit of Femi Fadugba hit the (book)mark with pupils who snapped up signed copies of his new book, the The UpperWorld.

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Welcome to the first community bulletin of the term. It’s great to be back and seeing pupils and staff settling back into the usual routines. I’m pleased to see our new year 7 have made a smooth transition to secondary school, thanks to our fantastic summer school programme which ensured they got to know the school ahead of their September start. Read more…..

There were joyous scenes at Compass School as Year 11 pupils returned to collect a record-breaking set of GCSE results. The fantastic results we achieved continued our trend of year-on-year improvement and were all the sweeter following another year of disruption and uncertainty caused by national lockdowns. The number of school staff and family members who joined in the celebrations were a perfect illustration of the team effort that has been key to pupils’ success.

“I am absolutely delighted with our students’ achievements, and impressed by the resilience they showed to persevere through uncertain times and many rigorous assessments to evidence just what they are capable of. They have grown into fantastic young people, and it gives our staff great pride to know that they can now go into the world with confidence and with a strong set of values, because they came to Compass School.”
Marcus Huntley (Principal)

Cayla was one of several pupils who bagged top grades. She achieved 6 grade 9s and is looking forward to studying A Levels mathematics, further mathematics, and Geography at Westminster College. Her aspiration knows no limits as she wants to study mathematics at Waterloo University in Canada.

“You have looked after both my children wonderfully. Thank you to all the staff at Compass.”
Kize (Mother)

Abdul-Mateen scored 4 grade 9s and goes on to study mathematics, physics, chemistry and geography at London Academy of Excellence. “I am so proud of my journey and the destination I have reached. This is a special community for me!” Abdul-Mateen wants to study aeronautical engineering at university in the future.

There was also high drama as aspiring actor, Sophie exceeded her expectations gaining 7s where she expected 5s. Following on from her magical performance as one of Macbeth’s witches at Theatre Peckham, she is looking forward to Southwark College where she will study Business and Finance Administration.

Pupils also collected a copy of their Class of 2021 Year Book to cap an emotional morning.

“We are quickly building our alumni network and have had our first alumni events this year.  This means it’s farewell, but not goodbye for Year 11. We’ll see them again very soon to hear all about what they have been up to. They’ll always be members of the Compass School community.”
Marcus Huntley (Principal)

“Our students have had a very tough year, having had to study from home for much of it, and then going through such arduous and protracted assessments to evidence their learning for their teacher assessed grades.  On behalf of the governors, I congratulate our students for their achievements and for the resilience which they have shown in getting to this special day and doing so well. They have been a credit to the school and we are very proud of them.”
Martin Deutz (Chair of Governors)

Compass School is determined to build on the progress it has made in recent years and looks forward to continuing this work in the new year starting in September!


Over the last two weeks there have been many exciting developments at Compass and a lot to celebrate. Students have been exploring the historical contributions to our society by members of the LGBTQ+ community and observing and inventing ways to ensure that inclusivity and equality are in the forefront of thinking and that respectful and thoughtful communication is a habit. A range of Pride activities in Learning Family Time and lessons have highlighted this ethos and I’m proud of the entire staff team and the student body for their enthusiasm and creativity in conveying this message of kindness and respect.

Our school community says not goodbye, but au revoir to the eldest students of Compass School Southwark as we will soon see them again. Over their five years at Compass, we have enjoyed watching them grow into this fine, well-mannered, lively and often, hilariously funny group of young people. Many of our staff team remember their arrival on their first day of secondary school, back in 2016 and how quiet and nervous they (briefly) were; they are certainly ‘out of their shells’ and sharing their greatness.