‘Learning to Lead – Empowering to Excel’
ICHS is a High Performing Specialist Grammar School for Boys located in the London Borough of Redbridge. The school has active partnerships with many universities including Oxford, Cambridge and the Universities of London. The school has strong links within our community working closely with partner schools, our sixth form students provide outreach services to many local primary schools. ICHS is an International School and has developing relationships with several schools abroad both within Europe and further afield. These links have allowed us to pursue our aim that pupils leave with a global awareness and understanding that will open doors for them in the future. ICHS develops confident young men ready to take on leading roles within their communities and who achieve at the highest levels of academic success. As a school we provide a motivating and stimulating environment for all aspects of personal development and learning.
News at ICHS
Article from “The Ilford Recorder”
(Courtesy of Lizzie Dearden).
Two schools combine creativity in Olympic-themed art relay
Valentines High and Ilford County High School students with the art collaboration
By Lizzie Dearden, Reporter for the Ilford Recorder, Friday, January 25, 2013.
Pupils at two Redbridge schools have combined their creativity to paint two huge canvas banners in an Olympics-inspired art relay.
Plans for the unusual project started with the Queen’s visit in March last year, when groups from Valentines High School and Ilford County High School met in a marquee displaying their art in Valentines Park.
Andy Wright, head of art at Ilford County High said: “We talked about doing something together and then it was the Olympics.
“We thought about doing something relating to that as well but not necessarily in the obvious way with sport.”The final project – “Is it relay art?” – challenged six students from each school to paint one piece of work each in a relay with the theme of contrasting worlds.
For one banner, artists could see the entire work so far but for the other they were allowed to see only the previous piece of work.
When the finished banners were unveiled at Ilford County High School, in Fremantle Road, on Thursday, the students got to see their work together for the first time.
Valentines art teacher Elham Tanner said more projects are being considered for the future.
She added: “It’s interesting to see what pupils from two very different schools – a boys’ grammar school and a mixed comprehensive – produce.”
Creative Curriculum Project
Based on research from our international visits the school has developed a creative curriculum project focused on developing students “Habits of mind” rather than pure subject knowledge. A pilot project undertaken during July saw year 7 students spend several days working in teams explaining how they would cope if they were survivors of a plane crash. The outcomes varied from computer simulations to model campsites and students considered the real difficulties facing survivors who had no equipment or communication devices.
Senior Maths Challenge
A popular event where students demonstrate their maths skills in a national competition.
Glasbury Trip (GCSE PE – September 2013)
40 ICHS Year 10 students went to Glasbury during September 2013 as part of their GCSE PE course. The students spent a week learning rock climbing and teamwork skills before being assessed by the experienced instructors. In difficult conditions the students managed to achieve a good set of scores which will provide them with evidence towards their final GCSE grades.
Forthcoming Events at ICHS
There is always a lot happening at ICHS and here is a short list of what we have to come
We have many author visits to the school and we are frequently joined by local primary schools, to share the experience.
Year 12 Geography Field Trip to Wales
Year 12 Geography students will be visiting South Wales to undertake fieldwork related to their A-Level course. This is a popular trip that allows the pupils to apply the skills that they have learnt within the classroom.
An event where our students showcase their talents to an invited audience of fellow students, staff and parents. The evening involves music, drama and comedy and is open to students in all year groups.
Head Teacher: M R Capon
“Welcome to the ICHS. Whatever your interest in the school, I hope are able to gain a clear view of the school, its values and the wide range of opportunities it provides for the young men who study here.
Naturally we are proud of both our reputation for academic excellence and examination achievement. In addition to helping students to achieve their academic potential, we aim to develop in them self-respect, tolerance and intellectual curiosity. We nurture sporting, and cultural interests and support students as they develop their own personal values and beliefs. We encourage our young people to be involved in the school and the wider community, to take responsibility and to show leadership. We provide challenges which aim to develop mature, confident and well balanced young men with the personal attributes, resilience and commitment that open the way into the ‘best’ of Higher Education and employment.
ICHS is a friendly and happy school with high expectations of both learning and behaviour. There are excellent relationships and a strong mutual respect between staff and learners. We work, together with governors and parents, to achieve the best we can for all at the school.”