From the Co-Headteachers

It has been a very busy week in school, welcoming students back to school after the Easter two-week break. This was a period when we saw the unusual overlapping of Easter, Ramadan and Passover. Given that it is Eid today, we would like to congratulate all students and families who have been fasting as part of Ramadan and wish them an Eid Mubarak.

As ever, it takes students time to get back into strong effective school routines. So, we encourage all parents/carers to be support their son/ward with their:

  • Attendance: 95% expectation
  • Punctuality: on site by 8.25am
  • Organisation: possessing an appropriately sized school bag, basic school equipment, PE kit, checking PPA on INSIGHT

To support these key educational pillars the school dining room – CucinA – is open at 8.00am with free porridge available for all students. The school library also opens at 8.00am; it is common to find 50 students or more reading and completing their PPA (homework) before school. Such a “soft entry” to the school day is really welcoming and healthy. Please speak to your son/ward about adopting this into his daily routine.

We always strive to improve, so please offer us any feedback (anonymous) about this newsletter via this link.

As a reminder, if you have specific queries about your child, please email in the usual way rather than using the feedback form.

Simon Fisher and Jo Higginbottom

Strike Action

We would like to take this opportunity to remind parents/carers of the forthcoming teacher strike day by the National Education Union: Thursday 27 April

Please check your emails as well as the school website for updates about which year groups are being invited into school. Currently these year groups will be Year 10, 11, 12 and 13.

Sustainability Week

Next week (Monday 24 – Friday 28 April) is Sustainability Week in school. The event will be run by the school’s Eco-Committee; it is the second time we have organised this series of environment-focused events.

Over the course of the week, students will learn and share strategies to help all of us invest in our planet as well as be more eco-conscious in our day to day lives. We’ll give you a full summary in next week’s newsletter.


Recent research by Ofcom reveals the new challenges young people face in identifying misleading online content, at a time when being online is more important than ever. Ofcom found that:

  • 77% of young people say being online is a more important part of their life than ever before, with 65% enjoying online lessons during lockdown amidst school closures.
  • 48% of young people are seeing misleading content every day, with more than one in 10 seeing it more than six times a day – often leaving them feeling annoyed, upset, sad, angry, attacked or scared.
  • 43% of young people have noticed their friends and peers sharing misleading content (such as fake news) online.
  • 62% of young people have had friend requests from people they don’t know
  • 59% of young people are aware they have a responsibility to report potentially damaging, harmful or misleading content online, but overall are more likely to block misleading content (21%) than report it (16%)

We encourage all parents/carers to monitor the use of the internet by their son/ward.

If you have a concern about the safety or welfare of your child, please email If there is an emergency call 999 or, for non-urgent matters that require police attention, call 101. 

Pride of House

This week, another 40 outstanding Isleworthians have been rewarded with a digital Pride of House award. These students have brilliant school ambassadors. Check out the full list by clicking a house badge below!

Careers Corner

Careers Leader Mr Adams would like to thank the over 100 respondents to the recently-emailed careers survey. He is working through the data that has been collected. He would also particularly like to thank the nearly 50 parents/carers who would be willing to attend a focus group and further support the school in meeting the needs of parents/carers as well as our students. Full details of the school’s careers programme can be found at this link.

Public Examinations

We recommend all students taking exams this summer familiarise themselves with the exam timetables for the coming season. Revision programmes should be planned with the schedule in mind – our mantra is to revise “little and often”.

Coming Up!

  • Thursday 27 April – NEU Strike scheduled
  • Thursday 27 AprilYear 8 Parents/Carers Evening
  • Monday 1 May – Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 2 May – NEU Strike scheduled
  • Monday 8 May – Bank Holiday
  • Tuesday 9 May – Monday timetable
  • Monday 15 May – Public Examinations Begin
  • Monday 29 May – Friday 2 June – Half-Term

Word of the Week

The word of the week is devote.

Invigilators Wanted!

Final call for anyone interested in becoming an exam invigilator! You will be employed on a casual basis to supervise students in mock and external examinations throughout the school year.

The hours are variable; morning sessions begin at 8.00am and afternoon sessions typically finish at around 3.30pm. You will need to be:

  • reliable
  • punctual
  • have good communication skills both verbal and written
  • have good spoken fluency and accuracy in English.

If you’re interested – or know someone who might be! – read the full Job Description and how to apply on the ‘Vacancies’ page.

House Point Champions

Well done to this week’s Diamond and Prestige award-winners, presented for reaching 200 and 300 house points respectively. These students are fantastic role models for their peers – well done to all of them.


Jonas CANNIERE (9Tu)
Arman SADAT (8Am)
Jai SINGH (9Am)


Mihyar ABDALLA (10Tu)
Abdul AJMAL (7Sh)
Shahnawaz AKBAR (8Sn)
Yakine BENKORTBI (9Br)
Joel CASHMAN (7Am)
Ruben JERVIS (10Ad)
Subhaan MAJEED (10Br)

Harpreet MALHOTRA (10Bl)
Ayaan MEMON (9Br)
Edison MILLWARD (9Bl)
Salmaan MOHAMMED (8Br)
Gabriel PACAS FRANCO (8Am)
Jayden PILLAY (9Sh)
Janfaisal RARANG (10Bl)
Maksym SMOLII (7Tr)


Co-Headteacher Celebration Event

On Wednesday, the Co-Headteachers hosted a small group of Isleworthians for a celebration meeting. Students were selected as a reward for their outstanding commitment to extra-curricular opportunities during the Spring Term. During their twenty-minute discussion, the Co-Heads got student views on our extra-curricular programme, including how it could be made even bigger and even better! It was fantastic to celebrate students who have really committed to the school’s ethos.

Transition Meetings

We have been delighted to welcome a large cohort of Year 6 families into the school community during the Spring Term, ahead of their starting in school this September. An important part of the process is our Transition Meetings, the first round of which took place yesterday (Thursday). Nearly 100 families had individual sit-downs with a member of teaching staff – giving school the chance to get to know the families, and the families the chance to get to know school! There will be further meetings scheduled for the next few weeks; it really is a fantastic way to introduce new families to life at I&S!

Preventing Serious Violent Crime Workshop

We were delighted this week to learn of an outstanding last-minute opportunity. Four members of the Student Council visited the Brentford Community Stadium (home of Brentford FC) for a fascinating conference and workshop about serious violence crime (SVC).

Students had the unique chance to hear the lived experience of an ex-gang member as well as a doctor and a member of the Hounslow police team. Ideas about how to reduce gang violence were shared throughout; the students will present these to the next Student Council meeting with a view to spreading the message throughout our school community. Students found the experience eye-opening and very valuable!

National Theatre Archives

Wednesday saw Mr McDonnell take the Year 12 A level drama students to the National Theatre Archives in London. Students were lucky enough to see a recording of the play ‘Our Country’s Good’ – a text that they have to write about in their examinations. After studying the text in class, students loved seeing the play brought to life – it certainly provoked many more ideas which students can expand upon when they are back in the classroom.