George Mitchell School

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Farmer Road School
George Mitchell School
Motto More is in me
Established 1900
Type Community school
Headteacher Mr Saeed Hussain
Deputy Headteacher Ms Claire Kirwin, Mrs Helen Williams and Ms Belinda Chapple
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 in London, England. 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. The school is currently located across several sites – on Crawley Road, Farmer Road, Burchell Road and Vicarage Road.


In 2014, GCSE results were 48% 5 A*–C with English/Maths. The UK national average for the same period is 55%. The Department of Education confirms that 85% of pupils at George Mitchell are making expected levels of progress in English which is the 11th percentile nationally. In Maths the figure is 74% which is the 1st percentile nationally. The soon to be (2016) headline figure of Progress 8 (Value Added measure) places George Mitchell in the 8th percentile nationally, value added 1034 compared to the national figure of 1000, which means we are doing significantly better than other similar schools.


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- to 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 was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross during the Second World War whilst serving as a member of the British Army during the fighting in Italy.[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 also been awarded the Victoria Cross — Jack Cornwell, known as the “boy hero” of the Battle of Jutland in 1916 during the First World War, awarded posthumously. He was the youngest Naval recipient of the VC, being aged just 16.[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. The school operates across a total of 5 sites in close proximity but is part of the Government's Priority Schools Building Programme and will have a new two storey primary school and a new secondary building in 2017.


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