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Isleworth & Syon School has a fascinating and rich history, dating back as far as c. 1630. The school has been at the current Ridgeway Road site since 1939. Now, we enjoy an enviable reputation both in the local community and beyond, as a place of learning which consistently values and promotes academic excellence with top-class facilities. Our personalised approach to learning, a commitment to innovation and a passion for teaching means that we are able to maximise each student’s academic potential. We offer a broad and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities to allow students to go beyond the classroom, enabling each of our boys to develop as individuals, discover new passions and interests, and contribute to the life of the school.

We provide a rarely-offered choice, in that Isleworth & Syon is a non-denominational school for boys. An increasing body of educational research highlights the significant advantages of single-sex education up to the age of sixteen, especially for boys. This is why our students consistently out-perform boys taught in mixed settings.

In the local area, we are a lead school for physical education and sport, working extensively with Hounslow’s primary schools through both the Sport Impact and Sports Leader programmes. With the highest achieving science faculty in the local area, we have added science as our second focus area as we further develop this specialism.

We believe that high achievement is possible only when students feel that they are recognised and valued as individuals, and when they understand how they are expected to behave. In school there is an atmosphere of care and concern for each individual student. There is also a clear framework of firm but fair discipline, with each student made completely clear of the school’s expectations both inside and outside the classroom.

A key component of our philosophy as an institution is the importance of a strong partnership between parents/carers and school. The bond between school, home and community is vital if students are to realise their full educational potential. A Home-School Agreement is signed by students, parents/carers and the school. This agreement outlines Isleworth & Syon’s aims and values, promoting an effective partnership between parents/carers, students and school. We believe that creating this partnership immediately is the best way to allow each and every one of our boys the opportunity to reach their full potential. All parents/carers are automatically members of the Isleworth & Syon Association, an ‘open’ committee that meets every half term and gives parents/carers the chance to work in partnership with the staff to make a contribution to the working of the school.

The school also has a strong online presence, with a dedicated member of support staff responsible for these communications. We use the social networks Twitter and Facebook, and following these accounts are the best way for parents/carers to keep up-to-date with all aspects of school life. These accounts are used daily as a means of distributing important notices, publicising what’s been going on in school, and celebrating individual and group student successes. This website was re-launched in September 2016 with a brand new modern design which adjusts according to the device that it is being viewed on – meaning that it looks great whether you are at a desk on a PC or on the move on a mobile device! The website is split into the seven sections shown in the menu at the top of the page, and will give you everything you need to know about the school.

If you have a specific query not answered by the website or our social media accounts, parents/carers may telephone the school to make an appointment with any member of the pastoral team. If you contact the school in person, please use the front entrance and sign in at reception. Please sign out when you depart. Parents/carers and visitors are always welcome at Isleworth & Syon.

Many opportunities exist for students to demonstrate their leadership potential and expertise. We are one of the few schools recognised nationally as a Leadership Academy – indeed, Isleworth & Syon was the first London school to be recognised for the strength of its Sports Leaders programme, which gives students the opportunity to volunteer in primary schools and at borough sporting events.

The School Council is made up of representatives from each of the Year Councils. Elections for the posts take place early in the Autumn Term. Meetings take place in the school library, chaired by the Head Boy. Observers of the council meetings have commented on the outstanding contribution of the body to the continued development of the school.

Charity representatives and environment representatives, as well as form representatives and sports captains, are also much sought-after positions of responsibility in the school. We also run a ‘duty boy’ system, giving boys the chance to help with visitors and the daily administration of the school.

In the Sixth Form, numerous duties are carried out by the students, all of which contribute to their own personal development, as well as the good of the school. These include the appointment of a Head Boy and Deputy Head Boy and/or Deputy Head Girl, who partake in various responsibilities throughout the school, as well as the Student Voice team, a group of Year 13 students who assist with the organisation and day-to-day running of the Sixth Form. See the next tab for more details.

Isleworth & Syon has an extremely successful Sixth Form, which has been in the top 10% for value-added for the last ten years. Our primary aim is to ensure that all students experience an academic education of the highest standard, and the school offers a highly supportive environment for students to continue their post-sixteen studies. Girls are welcome in our Sixth Form, either as part of the Consortium or as an external applicant.

In 2016, our results at A level were excellent, exceeding the national average. Year 13 students achieved an A level pass rate of 99.2%, with over 50% of grades at A*-B. 80% of all examination grades were at a C and above. Similarly, the AS level results showed a marked improvement on previous years, with a large number of students gaining a string of top grades.

In the Sixth Form, our expectations are high, with senior students expected to operate as role models for students in the lower school. Click the yellow box to read more about the Sixth Form.

Ofsted last visited the school for a short inspection in February 2017. The school continues to be graded ‘good’. See a summary of the Ofsted comments in the gallery below, and view the full report via the yellow box at the bottom of the page.

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