Our History

There has been a school in Beechcroft Road since September 1926, when Bec Grammar School opened. The school had only five classes with 129 students and seven members of staff.

Bec Grammar School

In 1960, Hillcroft School opened on an adjoining site as a boys’ comprehensive.

The two schools were separate establishments until 1970, when they merged to form one school – Bec-Hillcroft. A new single-storey building was built to link the two separate school buildings together. The name Bec-Hillcroft did not last long, and the school was renamed Ernest Bevin School in 1971, after the former Wandsworth Central Labour minister Ernest Bevin.

Photos of Ernest Bevin School circa 1980

In 1993 a major building project to refurbish the school buildings began. During this time only Year 10 and 11 students remained on the school site; Years 7, 8 and 9 were based in the recently vacated buildings of Walsingham School on Clapham Common Westside. The original Bec Grammar School building was demolished and the land was developed for private housing.
The building work was completed in 1996 and all students moved into the new buildings on Beechcroft Road. The school was renamed Ernest Bevin College in June 1997. In 2023 the school joined United Learning and was renamed Ernest Bevin Academy.

Sports Complex

Another major building development began in 2005; the construction of the new Sports and Sixth Form Centre. Additions included an indoor swimming pool, fitness suite and a judo dojo. This complex was officially opened in September 2007 by Dame Kelly Holmes.

In 2000, the College became a specialist Sports College, gaining a second specialism in Mathematics and Computing in 2004. With the demise of the government’s specialism programme, the college became a Computer Science Hub school and in 2016 was awarded STEM Assured Status. As well as offering a broad and balanced curriculum, there were additional opportunities for students in the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths), Computer Science and elite Sports.




As you enter the main College reception, you can see three stained-glass windows on display. These were gifted to Bec Grammar School by renowned, local stained glass artist John David Hayward, who was a former student. These windows were originally installed above the entrance to Bec Grammar School.

If you have something to share regarding our school history please contact us at mail@ernestbevinacademy.org.uk

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