Bow School

Tower Hamlets, United Kingdom


Location: Tower Hamlets, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Community
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Bow School

Bow School has a clear vision for the future, driving forward continued improvements and providing an excellent environment for learning.  We are a vibrant, multi-cultural school in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets with a roll of 880 students and are proud of, and value, the diversity of languages, cultures and experiences that the students bring with them.    The school has excellent partnerships with businesses, sports and arts organisations.  These partnerships are wide ranging and benefit our students both academically and socially.  They include:  Business Mentoring with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, enterprise education with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Art Partnerships with Bow Arts Trust, Rothschild G & T Mentoring, Public Speaking and debating with a number of City and Canary Wharf businesses.  

In our most recent Ofsted report in 2013, Bow School was described as “a good and improving school”. The inspectors noted the rapid improvements that the school is making in ensuring that standards rise quickly and that students are well prepared for their next steps.  It highlighted that, standards are good and rising, student behaviour and engagement in their learning is good, leadership and management at all levels in the school is good,  the school has high expectations of the students.  

In June 2014, we moved into a much larger building with state-of-the art facilities. Our new home was carefully designed to support good quality teaching and learning.   2014 also saw us beginning a programme of growth; we started a Post 16 provision as well as increasing in size.  September 2014 saw our first intake of girls at year 7 and we now have mixed gender year groups across the lower school with the proportion of girls making Bow their school of choice increasing year-on-year.   We continue to grow steadily, each year, and our aim is that in 2018 Bow School will be an outstanding and oversubscribed 11 – 18 school with a thriving Sixth Form.  Standards will be above the national average and there will be no significant differences between groups.  Our dynamic learning community will have strong partnerships with a range of businesses and higher education establishments and will be at the centre of partnerships with other local schools.  Bow School is already an exciting professional community of teachers and educational staff and we intend to grow and strengthen in this area over the next few years.       

‘The Bow Way’  

At Bow School we:  

Work together 

Rise to each challenge 

Celebrate success 

Learn from every situation 

Respect each other 

Embrace diversity   

Come and be part of a success story at Bow School

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