Isleworth and Syon School
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|Motto||Finis coronat opus
("The end crowns the work")
|Established||1630 (as The Blue School)
|Headteacher||Mr Euan Ferguson|
|DfE URN||137940 Tables|
|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
|Houses||Brunel, Shackleton, Turner|
|Colours||Red, Orange, Yellow|
Isleworth & Syon School (formerly Isleworth Grammar School) is a non-denomination secondary school and sixth form for boys aged 11 to 18 years. Girls are welcome in the school's sixth form, which is part of a consortium with other secondary schools in the borough. The school is situated on Ridgeway Road, Isleworth, within the London Borough of Hounslow, England. It is close to the A4, just south of Osterley Park.
Isleworth & Syon School can trace its history to the establishment of a charity school in 1630, making it one of the oldest schools in the area. During the 18th century it became known as The Blue School. Due to expansion it became a boys' school and the girls were moved out to a separate building in North Street in 1870. An upper school was added in 1883 to educate older boys. It was used as a "model school" for trainee teachers from Borough Road College, a teacher training school which merged with other similar colleges to form Brunel University's education faculty. It became a state school in 1903 when Middlesex County Council assumed control and renamed Isleworth County School several years later.
The North Street Girls' School was the female counterpart to the original Blue School. A separate infant school was founded near the girls' school and many children continued their education at the boys' school. It only came under the Blue Schools Foundation in the early 20th century. During the interwar period the girls' school became a coeducational junior school, later merging with the infant school. This school is still operating to this day under the original name "The Blue School".
In 1930/1931, the boys' school named Isleworth County School moved to Ridgeway Road where it has been ever since. Under the Education Act 1944 it became a grammar school. During the 1950s and 60's 'IGS' gained a particularly high academic reputation under the paternalistic if firm leadership of headmasters A. Brierley then G.J.P. 'Toad' Courtney. When Hounslow Council adopted the comprehensive system, it merged with Syon School for Boys in 1979 to form the current school and appropriately renamed Isleworth & Syon School.
Notable former pupils
- Mo Farah - Olympic 10,000m and 5000m champion
- Owais Shah - England cricketer
- Gautam Malkani - author and journalist
- Chris Plummer - former professional footballer for Queens Park Rangers
- Darren Chin - former Team GB athlete
- Gus Fontaine - Actor
Isleworth Grammar School
- Sir Roger Carrick KCMG LVO – Ambassador to Indonesia 1990–4, High Commissioner to Australia 1994–7
- Roy Cox CBE – Chief General Manager of the Alliance & Leicester from 1970–85
- Lieutenant Frederick William Hedges, VC, British Army officer and recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War. (Isleworth County School).
- Prof Geoffrey Lilley OBE – Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the University of Southampton from 1964–82
- Steven Marshall – Chairman of Balfour Beatty since 2008, and Chief Executive of Railtrack from 2000–2
- Brian McGowan (businessman)
- Prof Philip Morris – Boeing/A. D. Welliver Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Penn State University, since 1977
- Sir Richard Shepherd – Conservative MP for Aldridge-Brownhills since 1979
- Alan Whitehead – Labour MP for Southampton Test since 1997
- Mark Woodnutt – Conservative MP for the Isle of Wight from 1959–74
- This History of Isleworth & Syon - school website.
- The Blue School
- Reynolds, Susan, ed. (1962). A History of the County of Middlesex: Volume 3: Shepperton, Staines, Stanwell, Sunbury, Teddington, Heston and Isleworth, Twickenham, Cowley, Cranford, West Drayton, Greenford, Hanwell, Harefield and Harlington. Courtesy of British History Online. pp. 133–7.
- Sixth Form - Isleworth & Syon School website
- "Former Olympian hails 'dream job' as new Principal of Neale-Wade Community College". Cambs Times. 21 June 2011.
- "Frederick William Hedges VC". www.bedfordregiment.org.uk. Retrieved October 29, 2013.