Vyners School

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Vyners School
Warren Road

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UB10 8AB

Department for Education URN137635 Tables
HeadteacherGary Mullings
Age11 to 18
Colour(s)Green and red          

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 Gary Mullings who took over in July 2018.[citation needed]


The public school was named after Sir Robert Vyner, a former Lord Mayor of London and goldsmith-banker who made the second St. Edward's Crown. He lived at the nearby Swakeleys House for a time,[1] where he is said by Samuel Pepys[2] to have kept the oven-dried body of a Black servant boy who died of consumption, showing the boy's body to visitors.[3]

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.[4] 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.

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

The previous Head teacher was Susan Gould, previously deputy headteacher at Hemel Hempstead School, who took over on 1 September 2007. Under her leadership the school gained academy status in 2011. She retired in 2012.


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. Over the school year, there are certain competitions for students to compete in for house points. As of 2018, the current winners are Windsor, almost 900 points over its nearest rival Fry.

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.

Over a few months of the 2017–18 terms, work had started on a new artificial turf sports field, which caused the whole of the former field to be closed. It was officially opened by Olympic gold medalist, Helen Richardson-Walsh on 10 July 2018, naming the field after former head teacher Mr James Heale, who left Vyners the next week on 20 July.

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.[4]

Notable former pupils[edit]

Vyners Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ Bowlt, Eileen. M. (1996). Ickenham & Harefield Past. London: Historical Publications. ISBN 0-948667-36-2.
  2. ^ "Thursday 7 September 1665", pepysdiary.com
  3. ^ Hughes, Morris. W. (1983). The Story of Ickenham. Uxbridge: London Borough of Hillingdon. ISBN 0-907869-04-1.
  4. ^ a b Skinner, James (2005). Images of England: Ickenham. Stroud: Tempus. ISBN 0-7524-3411-X.
  5. ^ 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