It is my privilege to lead Ealing Fields High School as we seek to create an outstanding school to serve the local community.
Ealing Fields takes as its motif the flame of Prometheus from which we draw inspiration about the capacity of individuals to use the intellectual and moral tools at their disposal to become young leaders. We are inspired by the concept of leadership which we feel the 21 st century desperately needs. However this is not a self-centred and self-promoting leadership, but a sense of leading in order to serve others, requiring skill but also moral courage and compassion.
Our school is part of the Twyford Trust family of schools and so this school is characterised by high academic standards and a disciplined approach to study and learning, but is also a place where creativity and inquiry are central to our curriculum.
Our curriculum offers the breadth and depth that is our passion at a Twyford Trust school, but also we focus on the development of the whole person with each student taking part in a pastoral curriculum with their form tutors over the course of their time with us. We also teach a ground-breaking Ethics curriculum to all new students in Year 7 & 8 to sharpen and hone their critical thinking and reasoning skills to equip them for the rest of their learning but also to help them develop a strong moral compass of their own.
We are, and will always be, a smaller secondary school with 150 students in each year group. This gives us a unique ‘family-feel’ as it’s possible for all students, parents and staff to feel well ‘known’ within the institution. We hope this will provide the best of a secondary school’s range of subjects and breadth of wider learning opportunities, but also the best of a smaller school’s intimacy and personal touch.
Ealing Fields has only just begun its journey as a school but its founder students, parents and staff are passionately committed to making it an outstanding place to learn, work and grow as individuals and offer something unique, special and formational to everyone who journeys with us.
Mr Mark Bedford
History of Ealing Fields
The site of Ealing Fields High School has a particularly interesting history attached to it.
The house was originally called ‘Place House’ and was built for John Loving, Teller to the Exchequer of Charles II, who died in 1693.
The original estate accompanying the house covered an area of 85 acres between modern-day Windmill Road, Little Ealing Lane, South Ealing Road and Carlyle Road. In the latter part of the century large parts of the house were rebuilt and it was renamed Ealing Park.
In June 1838 Ealing Park was purchased by William and Louisa Lawrence (neé Senior) for £9,000. William and Louisa were leaders in their respective fields of surgery and botany. We renamed the main house ‘Senior House’ in honour of Louisa Lawrence, and the main teaching building is ‘Lawrence Wing’ after William Lawrence. By naming the buildings after these two individuals, we are really pleased to be celebrating the spirit of intellectual curiosity and enlightenment which they represent.
The estate was sold by the Lawrence’s son in 1881. The land was broken up and bought by the British Land Company. The house itself later became St Anne’s Convent School for Girls. There were nearly 500 girls on the site including Dusty Springfield who attended the school between 1951 and 1955. The site was neglected for a number of years until 2018 when work began on a complete renovation. Ealing Fields High School took up residence in September 2020, having been on a temporary site since the school opened as a new Free school for Ealing in September 2017.
Ealing Fields encourages a spirit of courageous endeavour, reflected in its motto of ‘Leading with Courage and Compassion’.
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The Twyford Trust takes as its motto: ‘I have come that you should have life and life in all its fullness’.
The text is taken from John chapter 10 verse 10 and from this the Trust has created the 10:10 Ethic which is the principle that informs all Trust schools – irrespective of their different individual identities, intakes or admission criteria.
We believe that there are three Core Values in our 10:10 Ethic:
- All individuals have God-given gifts which they can develop for the good of others
- All individuals do bad things sometimes but that it is not acceptable to believe that anyone has to stay in a ‘bad place’
- All individuals can find their valued place within community
The 10:10 Ethic is also often articulated as having the following positive disciplines:
- Know yourself
- Be an agent for good
- Understand weakness
- Accept Support
- Engage Fully
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