The Green School for Girls has served Isleworth and the wider community since 1796. The Green School has been a formative part of life for many of us whether as students, parents, staff, teachers or governors. This coming September, the Green School will be accepting its first cohort of 120 boys. The site for the Boys secondary school will be just over the road on Busch Corner backing onto Syon Park. The new school aims to provide a strong emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects, and rumour has it the boys will be expected to keep fit by running around the field before lessons start each day!
I am fortunate to serve as a Director on the Green School Trust despite very limited experience of this sort of thing! Our hope on the board is that the Boys school can build on the fine history of the Girls school and become a great local success story. Further, our hope is that local life can be enriched by both schools working closely together and with strong links into local churches and the wider community, including for us at St John’s.
Hounslow borough has faced an acute shortage of primary and secondary school places in recent years. The Department for Education works very closely with the Diocese of London Board for Schools and the Church of England is seen as a key and trusted provider of Christian-ethos schools in the London area. The Green School takes its Christian ethos seriously and the presence of an excellent chaplain at the Girls School ensures pastoral support, spiritual development and Christian teaching are on the radar within a multi-cultural and multi-faith student body. The school has strong links with church communities already and occasionally the girls come down to St John’s to visit as part of their lessons. But, soon, I hope and expect the boys will also be visiting!