Vyners School

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Vyners School
Type Academy
Headteacher James M Heale
Location Warren Road
London Borough of Hillingdon
UB10 8AB
DfE number 312/5402
DfE URN 137635 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18

Green and Red

Website www.vyners.hillingdon.sch.uk

Vyners School is a secondary school and sixth form in Ickenham within the London Borough of Hillingdon. Since November 2011 the school has academy status, and specialises in mathematics and computing. The Ofsted inspection in December 2013 agreed with the school’s self-evaluation at the time that we were a Good school with Outstanding Behaviour and Safety and Leadership and Management.

The current headteacher is Mr James M Heale previously a teacher at Posternton School, Heathfield, who took over in September 2012.[1]


Vyners School opened as a grammar school on 12 January 1960, under Headmaster Trevor Jaggar. He was - briefly - succeeded by Mr. R.B. Fox as temporary Head about 1967. A permanent Head was soon appointed - Mr. D.C. Best. The school later became a comprehensive. Delays in building work meant the first intake of pupils had been taught at St Mary's Grammar School in Northwood Hills and Eliots Green Grammar School in Northolt from 9 September 1959.[2] The project received help from John Miles (the headmaster of Bishopshalt School at the time), and one of the houses is now named after him.

The grammar school was named after Sir Robert Vyner, a former Lord Mayor of London who lived at the nearby Swakeleys House for a time.[3]

Vyners School became a Grant Maintained Secondary School in the 1990's under the headship of Brian Houghton.

The previous Head teacher was Susan Gould, who took over on 1 September 2007 from Brian Houghton.[4] She announced her resignation from the post in the summer of 2012. During her time at the school, Ofsted results declined, with Vyners possessing a 'Satisfactory' rating.[5]


The school has six houses, all with meaning to the school's history. They are: Cheshire, Fry, Gell, Huxley, John Miles and Windsor. Of these, Cheshire and Gell were added to the original four, after 1983 when the school expanded.

The school came up with the motto 'Abide in me', taken from the Gospel of John Ch. 13, verse 7, and which is displayed below the school crest. The school has the theme of "service", which mainly comes from the founders and is reflected in the people chosen for the house names (the school did not start with six forms of entry upon opening - throughout the 60's and into the 70's, it had a four form entry).


Sporting successes in the past have included successive English Schools Senior Netball Championships - 1970 and 1971; a British Athletics International, Mark Naylor, who held the British National Record in the high jump and competed in the Moscow and Los Angeles Olympic Games, a British Youth Shot Putt champion [1970], trained by 'Pete' Ferguson, who also taught Latin and English Literature, and married an Art teacher at the school, Miss Woodmansey; as well as numerous Borough and County Championships, team and individual, plus Borough and County representatives at football, netball, athletics, rugby union, and other sports.

Vyners Swing Band[edit]

The Vyners Swing Band was set up in 1988 by history teacher Perry Parsons MBE to give some students at Vyners School the opportunity to enjoy and perform jazz while increasing their self-confidence. The plan was to bring together about ten musicians with a varied competence in music to play some Jazz, Dixieland or Glenn Miller style arrangements and very quickly the band increased in size to around twenty five players.

The first 'performance' was at the annual House Music Festival in March 1988 and has gone from strength to strength. Large and small ensembles from the VSB have played more than 325 gigs since 1988 and raised in excess of £50,000 for a variety of charities, as well as entertaining audiences both local and further afield including successful tours of France, Italy, Switzerland and Germany.

Roy Castle joined the band for a one-off concert in 1991 to raise money for the Chiltern and Hillingdon Cheshire Homes charity.[2]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Vyners Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.vyners.hillingdon.sch.uk/page_viewer.asp?page=About+the+School&pid=2
  2. ^ a b Skinner, James (2005). Images of England: Ickenham. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-3411-X. 
  3. ^ Bowlt, Eileen. M. (1996). Ickenham & Harefield Past. London: Historical Publications. ISBN 0-948667-36-2. 
  4. ^ Vyners School - About the School
  5. ^ http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/102442
  6. ^ Sharp, Rachel (15 December 2005). "Sam nets footy deal". Hillingdon & Uxbridge Times. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 

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Coordinates: 51°33′31″N 0°27′42″W / 51.5585°N 0.4618°W / 51.5585; -0.4618