George Mitchell School

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George Mitchell School
Motto More is in me
Established 1900
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr Saeed Hussain
Deputy Headteacher Ms Claire Kirwin
Location Farmer Road
E10 5DN
Local authority Waltham Forest
DfE number 320/4062
DfE URN 103096 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 842
Gender Mixed
Ages 3–16
School Years Nursery - Year 11
Contact No 020 8539 6198
Website George Mitchell School

George Mitchell School is a community school for children aged 3 to 16 in Leyton, London. It is attended by students who mainly live in the local area, with some from further afield. Examination results at the end of Key Stage 4 (i.e. the end of Year 11) have improved dramatically over recent years, as have the Key Stage 2 results. George Mitchell School is a popular, over-subscribed and increasingly successful mixed, multicultural comprehensive school with a nursery, attended by children who mainly live in the local area, although some do come from further afield. The school is located across several sites – on Crawley Road, Farmer Road, Burchell Road and Vicarage Road.


In 2013, GCSE results were 56% 5 a*–c with English/Maths. The UK national average for the same period is 60% with the London Borough of Waltham Forest average at 57%. Regarding levels of progress, George Mitchell does exceptionally well by its students. According to the Department of Education, 85% of pupils at George Mitchell are making expected levels of progress in English which is the 4th highest in the borough. In Maths, the figures are also very positive with 80% of pupils making expected levels of progress, which is the fifth highest in the borough. 65% of students achieve grades A*-C in English and Maths GCSEs which puts George Mitchell School 7th in the Waltham Forest.


The school was previously known as Farmer Road School. It started in 1900 in temporary premises; a permanent building was constructed during 1902 and opened on 15 June 1903 as an elementary school with separate departments for boys and girls aged 5 to 14, which was the statutory school leaving age at that time. In 1932, this changed to senior boys, junior boys, and mixed infants, but in 1942 the junior department became mixed again. In 1948 the school became a secondary modern school for boys.[1] In 1968, Waltham Forest adopted the Comprehensive system and it became a "Junior High School", catering for 11-14 year-old boys. In 1986, it was reorganised again: it became co-educational, admitting both boys and girls from 11–16 years.

In 1957, the school was renamed in honour of George Mitchell, a student who had attended the school from 1923 to 1927. He won the Victoria Cross during the Second World War.[2][3] Links are still maintained with Mitchell's regiment, the London Scottish,[4] which was amalgamated into the London Regiment in 1992.[5]

Another student of the school had previously won the Victoria CrossJack Cornwell, known as the “boy hero” of the Battle of Jutland in 1916, awarded posthumously. He was the youngest Naval recipient of the VC.[6]

In September 2009 the school expanded into an 'all through school' to take pupils from 3-16, absorbing a nearby primary school and nursery. There was a plan to build a new school on one site but this didn't proceed due to the cancellation of the 'Building Schools for the Future' project. Thus the school now operates across a total of 5 sites in close proximity.


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Coordinates: 51°34′05″N 0°00′48″W / 51.56795°N 0.0134°W / 51.56795; -0.0134