George Mitchell School
George Mitchell School is a comprehensive school for children aged 3 to 18 in Leyton, London. It is attended by students who mainly live in the local area, with some from further afield.
In 2012, GCSE results were 54% 5 a*-c with English/maths. This placed George Mitchell school in the top 40% of similar schools and in the middle 20% of all schools.
The school was previously known as Farmer Road School. It started in 1900 in temporary premises; a permanent building was constructed during 1902 and opened on 15 June 1903 as an elementary school with separate departments for boys and girls aged 5 to 14, which was the statutory school leaving age at that time. In 1932, this changed to senior boys, junior boys, and mixed infants, but in 1942 the junior department became mixed again. In 1948 the school became a secondary modern school for boys. In 1968, Waltham Forest adopted the Comprehensive system and it became a "Junior High School", catering for 11-14 year-old boys. In 1986, it was reorganised again: it became co-educational, admitting both boys and girls from 11–16 years.
In 1957, the school was renamed in honour of George Mitchell, a student who had attended the school from 1923 to 1927. He won the Victoria Cross during the Second World War. Links are still maintained with Mitchell's regiment, the London Scottish, which was amalgamated into the London Regiment in 1992.
Another student of the school had previously won the Victoria Cross — Jack Cornwell, known as the “boy hero” of the Battle of Jutland in 1916, awarded posthumously. He was the youngest Naval recipient of the VC.
In September 2009 the school expanded into an 'all through school' to take pupils from 3-16, absorbing a nearby primary school and nursery. There was a plan to build a new school on one site but this didn't proceed due to the cancellation of the 'Building Schools for the Future' project. Thus the school now operates across a total of 5 sites in close proximity.
The school has a specialism in media arts.