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  • Ilford County High School
    Fremantle Road
    IG6 2JB
  • Head: Mrs R Drysdale
  • T 020 8551 6496
  • F 020 8503 9960
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • A state school for boys aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Redbridge
  • Pupils: 1,109; sixth formers: 258 (all boys)
  • Religion: Non-denominational
  • Open days: Sixth Form Internal Event 18th January 2022 and Sixth Form External Event 19th January 2022 Year 5 Event – 23rd June 2022
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Good 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Good 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Good 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Good 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Good 1
    • 1 Full inspection 21st September 2021
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 1st November 2007
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

Where possible, teaching is practical. Expect plenty of strong smells wandering through the science block, for example, where one class was dissecting fish and another had their Bunsen burners all going when we visited. Meanwhile, a history lesson on WWII involved a mock trial for Hitler. Boys are generally well-behaved here – reports describe the behaviour as ‘outstanding’ - which is no doubt helped by the clear warning system and strict rules, for example on uniform. ‘But boys will be boys and they are naughty sometimes,’ acknowledges the head...

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What the school says...

Ilford County High School is a high performing grammar school for boys with a long tradition of high achievement and academic success. ICHS is a member of the Leading Edge partnership of schools.

The vast majority of learners progress into the Sixth Form before going on to study at university. The school offers a wide range of academic courses and provides a very positive environment for personal development.

The school has full International School accreditation and as such has a growing network of partners; within the local community, within the UK and further afield. We are currently developing links to schools and colleges in Spain, Germany, Ghana, Denmark, Iceland, India, Switzerland and France. These partnerships broaden the experience of students and provide leadership opportunities to students as they mature.

We are a friendly and happy school with high expectations of both learning and behaviour based upon mutual respect between staff and learners.
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Rebecca Drysdale BSc (40s), who joined the school in 2012 as deputy and then acting headteacher. It was whilst she was doing her degree in geography at Coventry Polytechnic (now Coventry University) that she first caught the teaching bug. ‘I had spent a year doing the Marks & Spencer’s management training course and immediately took to the personnel side of things. This, coupled with the fact that I loved working with young people, made me realise teaching would be a great career,’ she explains. Did her PGCE at Reading, then worked her way up the ranks across two comprehensives and a secondary modern (Chalfont Community College, Bucks; Copleston High School, Ipswich; Charles Darwin School, Biggin Hill), followed by a 10-year stint as assistant headteacher at Edmonton County School.


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Further reading

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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