Willowfield School

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Willowfield School
Motto Focusing on Learning and Celebrating Achievement
Established 1911
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr John Hemingway
Location Clifton Avenue
Greater London
E17 6HL
United Kingdom United Kingdom
51°35′18″N 0°02′18″W / 51.5884°N 0.0384°W / 51.5884; -0.0384Coordinates: 51°35′18″N 0°02′18″W / 51.5884°N 0.0384°W / 51.5884; -0.0384
Local authority Waltham Forest
DfE URN 103100 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 591
Ages 11–16
Publication Willowfield's World
Website Willowfield School

Willowfield School is a four form entry, mixed gender secondary school in Walthamstow, East London with 600 students on roll. It is a neighbourhood 11-16 comprehensive school that admits 120 girls and boys to Year 7 each year. The current acting headteacher is John Hemingway, who has temporarily been given the role after the departure of his predecessor Eve Wilson, who recently retired after 15 years with the school. The school has four areas, the North Wing, East Wing, South Wing and West Wing. The school's motto is 'Focusing on Learning and Celebrating Achievement'[1] which reflects on the importance of rewarding students for good work. In 2009, the DCSF recognised the school as one of the top 200 most improved schools in the UK.


  • A Holder of the ArtsMark Silver Award – for the quality of the opportunities offered in music, drama, art and dance.[2]
  • A Holder of the Healthy Schools Award – for the work we do in encouraging students to adopt healthy lifestyles.[3]

Building Schools for the Future[edit]

Willowfield was due to have a new school built by 2013 but the current government cut funding for secondary schools across the country and the construction never began, although land was purchased.In a recent court case with the education secretary, Waltham Forest and five other boroughs won a case to be re-granted money to fund the BSF programme. [1] The site was originally planned to be built near Blackhorse Lane (approximately 0.5 miles away from the current site). It was part of a scheme devised by Waltham Forest Council called 'Building Schools for the Future'.[4]


Willowfield School is one of many in the country to take part in the BBC's 'School Report', in which pupils showcase their English & Drama talents by reporting for the BBC.

Report 1 - Link (See 10:48 - Pick of the Papers )

Report 2 - Link (See 15:04 - Working through Lunch )

Notable former pupils[edit]

Fitz Hall[5] - Defender currently playing for Queens Park Rangers.


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