Our Story

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We are a new, state-funded, mixed, 4 to 18 school set up to prepare all our children for success in the 21st century.

School 21 is a pioneering new 4 to 18 school in Stratford, East London, for children from all backgrounds.

 

The three founders of School 21 Peter Hyman, Oli de Botton and Ed Fidoe came together with a shared belief that education must be done differently if we are to prepare young people properly for the world they are going into. Their conviction was that we needed schools to rebalance head (academic success), heart (character and well-being) and hand (generating ideas, problem solving, making a difference).

 

So School 21 has developed a series of pedagogies and approaches that give students the chance to find their voice, develop deep knowledge and understanding, and create beautiful work that has real value beyond the classroom.

WE WANTED A SCHOOL DESIGNED FOR THE 21ST CENTURY We had seen that many young people were leaving school under-prepared. Not only did they sometimes lack the qualifications they would need to realise their dreams: even students who had good GCSEs and A-levels found school made them quiet and unimaginative, too focused on exams.

ALL OUR STUDENTS WERE BORN AFTER THE YEAR 2000

THEY WILL GROW UP TO HAVE JOBS THAT DIDN'T EXIST 10 YEARS AGO Or which don't exist now!

EDUCATION NEEDS TO TEACH THE BASICS...

BUT MUCH MORE BESIDES: SCHOOLS NEED TO TEACH THE WHOLE CHILD

WE CAME UP WITH 6 ATTRIBUTES WE WANTED OUR STUDENTS TO ACQUIRE

AND WE BUILT THE SCHOOL AROUND 2 VALUES: INTEGRITY AND HUMANITY

WE WANTED A SMALL SCHOOL SO EVERYONE WOULD KNOW EACH OTHER

WE WANTED TO HAVE 75 STUDENTS IN EACH YEAR

YOU CAN START IN RECEPTION AGED FOUR AND STAY UNTIL YOU ARE 18

WE HAD TO GET PARENTS INTERESTED AND STUDENTS INVOLVED

WE STARTED IN A TEMPORARY BUILDING HERE IN STRATFORD

...WHICH WE SOON MADE HOME TO EXCITING LEARNING

WE WATCHED THE NEW SCHOOL BEING BUILT FROM OUR WINDOWS

WE BELIEVE IN REAL-WORLD PROJECTS

THE STUDENTS DESIGNED A CLASSROOM FOR THE NEW SCHOOL

THEY DEVELOPED THEIR OWN IDEAS ABOUT GOOD LEARNING SPACES

AND PRESENTED THEIR IDEAS TO THE ARCHITECTS

WE PUT SPEAKING AT THE HEART OF EVERYTHING WE DO

WE HAVE COACHING GROUPS OF JUST 12 STUDENTS AND A TEACHER Each teacher at School 21 is matched with one coaching group of 12 students. They meet every day so that every child is supported.

OUR STUDENTS LEARN THROUGH DISCUSSION AND EXPLORING IDEAS

WE HAVE ORACY LESSONS, LEARNING ABOUT SPOKEN LANGUAGE

IN THE SUMMER, EVERY STUDENT GAVE AN IGNITE SPEECH

AT THE END OF THE YEAR, THEY WROTE A PLAY CALLED THE TREE

THE WHOLE SCHOOL COMMUNITY GATHERED FOR THE PERFORMANCE

IN SEPTEMBER 2013, WE DOUBLED IN SIZE

WE MOVED INTO OUR NEW BUILDING AND CREATED MAGICAL EXPERIENCES

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WE ARE FILLING OUR SCHOOL WITH BEAUTIFUL WORK CRAFTED BY OUR STUDENTS

WE OPEN A BRAND NEW SIXTH FORM IN SEPTEMBER 2017

SCHOOL 21: FOR SUCCESS IN THE 21ST CENTURY

School 21, Pitchford Street, London, E15 4RZ      T:  020 8262 2121     E:  info@school21.org.uk

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WE CAME UP WITH 6 ATTRIBUTES WE WANTED OUR STUDENTS TO ACQUIRE