George MItchell School, Leyton!
George Mitchell today... "More is in me"
George Mitchell School is a popular and increasingly successful mixed, multicultural 3-16 comprehensive school with a nursery, attended by children who mainly live in the local area, although some do come from further afield. We are very well served by public transport, and are located on several sites – on Crawley Road, Farmer Road, Burchell Road and Vicarage Road.
We are very much a community school, at the hub of the local community, and a haven in which our children feel especially safe, happy and valued.
A bygone era...
We have not always been called George Mitchell School. Farmer Road School was built during 1902 and opened on June 15th 1903 as a school for boys and girls of all ages. During the 1940s it became a secondary boys’ school, and remained so for 40 years. In 1986 it was reorganised again: it became co-educational, admitting both boys and girls from 11-16 years. And from September 2009, we merged with the former Beaumont Primary School to become George Mitchell School – an all-through school, providing an excellent, comprehensive and inclusive education to local children aged 3-16.
In 1957 the school was renamed in honour of George Mitchell, a student who had attended the school from 1923-1927. He won the VC during the Second World War. We maintain links with his regiment, the London Scottish Regiment. The VC medal, given to the school in 1959, was transferred to the London Scottish Regiment in exchange for a substantial donation towards the creation of community projects and space within the school, as well as 2 minibuses. Another student of the school won the VC – Jack Cornwell, the famous “boy hero” of the Battle of Jutland in 1916. We are possibly the only state school in Britain which can boast two VCs among its ex-students!
The buildings have been expanded greatly during the last two decades. First, a gym and a science block were built, together with the school’s Arts Block on Crawley Road. Most recently, the school has undergone continuous, extensive redecoration and refurbishment – to ensure a 21st Century learning environment prevails within such a beautiful, Edwardian building. Other additions include dramatically enhanced PE facilities (including a climbing wall), a ‘Japanese garden’ for outside learning (and relaxing), and extra classrooms in the primary phase to cater for our ever-expanding 2-form intake. We take a great pride in our buildings; staff and students appreciate working in an attractive environment.
Over the last 3 years, following increases to our student roll, we have been implementing a new accommodation programme. In September 2013, at our Primary phase on Burchell Road, we opened 4 new purpose built air- conditioned classrooms, further expanding the provision in 2014 with a new classroom, new ICT facilities and outdoor sports & play facilities.
On 14th September 2015, we opened a brand new Early Years phase at the Nursery site on 192 Vicarage Road. This now consolidates our nursery and reception provision into one fully integrated complex. For our reception children, we now have 2 large bright open plan, air conditioned classrooms with large interactive flat screen pcs and new landscaped outdoor play and learning areas. There is also a new front office for general enquiries and information on reception and nursery places.
In early 2016, we are looking forward to working with central government to implement our new accommodation strategy to transform teaching and learning facilities for all our students. This will take the form of consolidating all of our resources onto two brand new school buildings at our Primary and Secondary sites.
More information will be available in due course.