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Ilford County High School
Fremantle Road, Barkingside, IG6 2JB, UK Ilford
+44 (0)2085-516496

Ilford County High School

Introduction: Ilford County High School is a four-form entry secondary grammar school for boys. Originally one of a number of selective schools in the outer London Borough of Redbridge, ICHS was retained in 1973 as the only boys’ selective school in the area. Admission at 11+ takes place through tests administered by the Local Education Authority. There are currently 843 pupils on roll including 245 in the sixth form. There are 88 members of staff - 63 teachers, including those who are part-time and 25 administrative and other support staff.

Our Aims: Our fundamental aim is the pursuit of excellence combined with care for the individual. Through developing strong relationships and mutual trust, we aim to provide a learning environment in which all pupils are able to realise their full academic potential, develop independence of thought and self-esteem. All pupils are valued and supported, and are given many opportunities to take responsibility and achieve success.

Academic Achievements: We are justifiably proud of our reputation for academic excellence. In 2004, 47.2% of all GCSE examinations taken were graded A* or A. Sixty-five Year 11 pupils achieved at least 5 GCSE at grades A* or A, with twenty-three of those pupils achieving 10 or more A* or A grade passes. Our Year 13 students broke all existing records. 67.2% of all A level examinations taken were graded A or B and, as in previous years, the majority of our leavers went on to Higher Education to study a wide variety of courses at universities up and down the country, including Oxford and Cambridge. For more details click here.

Science College: Ilford County High School has been designated as a Specialist Science College from September 2004. We have recently completed a major refurbishment of one of the Science laboratories and installed a new ICT network throughout the whole school. New computers have been bought for Business Studies, Technology and Art, and there are 30 mobile laptops and 14 rooms with interactive whiteboards and multi-media projectors. In addition, during the next four years we intend to use the Science College funding to progress a number of new initiative linked to teaching and learning, e-learning and assessment that will impact on the whole school, as well as providing opportunities for us to develop our work with several partner schools in the local area. The official launch of the Science College took place on 24 November 2004.


In Years 7, 8 and 9 students are taught English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography, Art, Music, Design and Technology, Information Technology, Religious Education, Personal and Social Education and Physical Education/Games. Students are also taught Drama in Year 7. French is the first modern foreign language taught, studied by all students in Years 7, 8 and 9 and a choice between Spanish and German is offered as a second foreign language to be studied from Year 8.

In Years 10 and 11, all students are entered for 10 GCSE subjects: English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, ICT, a modern foreign language, and two options from the following: Art, Business Studies, Design Technology, Economics, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education, and a second modern foreign language. In addition, GCSE short courses are taken by all students in Design Technology and Religious Studies.

In the Sixth Form, all students follow a 3 or 4 GCE AS level course in Year 12 and A2 course in Year 13. Specialisation or breadth of experience is possible through a flexible options system. Courses available are Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, Economics, Electronics, English, French, Geography, German, History, Information and Communication Technology, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Religious Studies and Philosophy. Personal and Social Education, General Studies, Critical Thinking, Physical Education and Games are also included as part of the sixth form curriculum.

Homework: A pre-requisite for academic success is the establishment of good study habits and the regular allocation of time at home spent on additional work. In general it is expected that pupils will spend the following amounts of time on independent study per week: Years 7 to 9 – between 5 and 7 hours, Years 10 and 11 – between 9 and 12 hours, Years 12 and 13 – between 15 and 20 hours.


The school enjoys a strong reputation for sport, music, clubs and societies. Boys enjoy team and individual success in football, cricket, basketball, badminton, swimming and sailing and there are lunchtime and after-school clubs in these and other sports such as rugby and athletics. We endeavour to combine keen competition and a desire to win with a ‘sport for all’ philosophy - all boys in Year 7 - 10 take part in our termly inter-form competitions and an athletics sports day.

Music flourishes at ICHS. The orchestra, lower school orchestra, big band, jazz band and choir meet each week and perform in assemblies and at school functions. In addition there are various ad-hoc lunchtime and after-school music groups and individual tuition is available in a wide variety of instruments. An annual spring concert takes place in April and there is a very popular Variety Night held each year in December.

There are a number of other clubs and Societies available – Chess Club, Spanish Club, History Club, Science Club, Maths Club, Reading Club, Homework Club, Warhammer Club - to name but a few. There are numerous trips to enhance curriculum provision as well as social events organised for the pupils. We hope, therefore, to provide a range of opportunities in which there should be something for everyone and we encourage our senior pupils to take a leading part in promoting these activities.

Numerous trips and visits are organised, mainly to support and enhance the taught curriculum but also as social activities.



  • - Art
  • - Biology
  • - Chemistry
  • - Critical Thinking
  • - Design Technology
  • - Drama
  • - Economics and Business   Studies
  • - English
  • - Geography
  • - History
  • - ICT
  • - Mathematics
  • - Modern Languages
  • - Music
  • - Physical Education
  • - Physics
  • - PSE
  • - Psychology
  • - Religious Education
  • - Science

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