Twyford Church of England High School

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Not to be confused with Twyford School.
Twyford C of E High School
Twyford Crescent

W3 9PP

Coordinates51°30′33″N 0°16′44″W / 51.5092°N 0.2788°W / 51.5092; -0.2788Coordinates: 51°30′33″N 0°16′44″W / 51.5092°N 0.2788°W / 51.5092; -0.2788
Motto"I have come that you should have life, and have it to the full" (John 10:10)
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
Department for Education URN137546 Tables
Deputy HeadteacherMr Phil Bennett
Executive Head TeacherDame Alice Hudson MA (Oxon) DBE[1]
ChaplainThe Revd Dr John Seymour
Age11 to 18
Enrolmentapprox. 1,450

Twyford CofE High School is a co-educational Church of England Academy school located in Acton, west London. It consists of just under 1500 pupils aged 11–18 (with over 500 students in the Sixth Form)[2] and has specialisms in music and languages. It is a very high-achieving school, with results well above the LEA average and in successive Ofsted inspections (2007 & 2012), it was rated "outstanding".[3][4] On 1 October 2011, the school converted to academy status and is now operated by the Twyford Church of England Academies Trust.


Twyford High School was purchased from the London Borough of Ealing by the London Diocesan Board for Schools and established in 1981 and is one of a family of 13 LDBS secondary schools within the city. The school opened as the result of a concerted campaign by local parents.

One of the school buildings, The Elms, is the oldest surviving building in Acton. It was built by Charles Morren in 1735 as a Baroque country villa and has been occupied by various wealthy citizens. In 1954 it ceased to be a private home. There were plans to demolish it but the former local council, Middlesex County Council, opposed it and bought the house to be used as a school. An extension was added to house new classrooms. In 1981 it was taken over by the new Twyford C of E High School.[5][6]

The name "Twyford" comes from the Twyford Brook that runs underground near the Elms, and literally means "Two Fords". This same brook is connected to Twyford Abbey in the West Twyford area of Ealing.[7]

Academic profile[edit]

With results well above the national and LEA average,[8] Twyford is a school with a strong academic record. It ranks 2nd out of 10 and 5th out of 17 for A-level and GCSE results respectively in the LEA (of both selective and non-selective schools). In successive Ofsted inspections (2007 & 2012), it was rated "outstanding".[9][10]

Extracurricular activities[edit]


Rugby, football, netball, and hockey are the most popular sports at Twyford, though opportunities for students to participate in trampolining, table tennis and basketball are available through many different lunchtime and after school clubs. A wide variety of sports including self-defence and gymnastics are mandatory during progression through the school. Cricket and Rugby are also played, particularly in the summer term.

The school has an affiliation with the London Wasps whose training grounds it uses: it provides schooling for Wasps Apprentices, helping make the rugby team one of the country's most formidable; it reached the final rounds of the National Schools Sevens Festival Tournament 2007.[11]


Twyford production of "The King And I"

The school specialises in music, and music is a highly valued curricular and extra-curricular activity within the school. Annual classical and popular music competitions are held in which a wide section of talent is displayed. The school runs many groups and choirs as extra-curricular activities and the Gospel Choir won the title of Songs of Praise School Choir of the Year 2009. The choir is renowned throughout London and has played at many major venues including the Royal Albert Hall and the Royal Opera House. In addition to the gospel choir, Twyford boasts a full school orchestra, large chamber choir spanning all school years, junior choir, community choir (for parents, friends and staff), student run jazz band, swing band, urban collective and many small vocal and instrumental ensembles including string quartets, female vocal ensembles and a samba band. The Music and Drama departments join together each February to put on the annual school production, with a full student cast, orchestra, stage crew and technical team. A wide range of instrumental tuition is also offered with highly specialised peripatetic teachers.

Societies and clubs[edit]

Societies and clubs of varying subject can be found meeting weekly at the school including a debating society (taking part in the annual[12] Mace Debating Competition), chess club and Art club. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered at Gold, Silver and Bronze levels.

Pastoral care[edit]

Twyford Chaplaincy[edit]

The dedicated chaplaincy team organises the services of the school and provides support for families and staff. It is headed by the school chaplain (The Rev. David Brammer).

Twyford Fellowship Group[edit]

Twyford Fellowship Senior Weekend 2009

TFG is effectively the school's Christian Union in which students meet to worship God together using contemporary and relevant worship. It includes Bible study and regular guest speakers as well as annual weekends away.

School structure[edit]

Twyford is organised into year groups each containing seven tutor groups, which are also members of the school's seven houses: Truro, Wells, York, Fountains, Ripon, Durham & Canterbury. Each tutor group has its own Form Representative, Chapel Ambassador and Sport, Enterprise and Endeavour representatives.

Each Year Group has a Head of Year and Assistant Head of Year and two Year Representative. The Head of Year 7 liaises with the Primary Schools that the students have come from, and for this reason remains Head of Year 7 each year. Once students move into Year 8 they will then remain with their new year head until the end of Year 11.

The lower years (7 to 9) cover the National Curriculum's Key Stage Three and are overseen by the Head of KS3. In the same way years 10 and 11 are overseen by the Head of KS4. In the Sixth Form there is a permanent Head of Year 12, and also one for Year 13.


Conduct points (or simply 'positives') are awarded by teachers to pupils for good behaviour, work, and through the winning of inter-house competitions. 'Negatives' can also be given to pupils for lacking behaviour, presentation, and work, with the effect of deducting points from the grand total. The House that has won the most points at the end of the Easter term is awarded the Inter-House Trophy.

House system[edit]

Each pupil is a member of one of the seven school houses at Twyford. House representatives meet at a council to represent the views of students in each house and year.

Houses are named after famous cathedrals or abbeys in England and each is associated with a colour.

House Colour
Truro Red
Wells Orange
York Yellow
Fountains Light Green
Ripon Blue
Durham Dark Blue
Canterbury Purple

The initial of each House joins to create the full name of the school (TWYFORD CE HIGH SCHOOL), with 'O' being excluded for historical reasons.[13]


Uniform consists of the following mandatory items:[14]

  • Black blazer with the Twyford logo
  • Tie (years 7–8 where a tie with gray and red stripes whilst years 9–11 wear a plain gray tie with just the school logo displayed)
  • Grey school jumper
  • Black school trousers/skirt
  • Black school shoes

School bags also must be able to carry books/folders up to A4 size and coats, jackets hats and scarves must be plain with no visible logos.

Sports gear includes a white polo shirt with red trim and the Twyford Logo with red and white socks and appropriate trainers.

Old Twyfordians[edit]



  1. ^ "Alice Hudson becomes a Dame". Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Twyford". Archived from the original on 7 April 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  3. ^ "Reports & Exam Results". Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  4. ^ "2007 Ofsted Inspection. Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007.
  5. ^ "Other notable buildings – The Elms, Acton". Ealing London Borough Council.
  6. ^ "Retro West London: Acton's longest standing building". Ealing Gazette. 28 May 2012.
  7. ^ West Twyford
  8. ^ "League Tables | Twyford Church of England High School". BBC News. 2004-01-15. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  9. ^ "Reports & Exam Results". Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  10. ^ "2007 Ofsted Inspection. Report" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 September 2007.
  11. ^ "National Schools Sevens". National Schools Sevens. 2007. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2009-07-18.
  12. ^ "The English-Speaking Union". Archived from the original on 10 June 2016. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
  13. ^ "Twyford Church of England High School". Archived from the original on 11 February 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2016.
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  16. ^ "The Home of CricketArchive". Retrieved 2016-04-05.
  17. ^ "President Assad's wife banned from travelling to Europe... but not Britain". The Mirror.

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