Cricket at Lord’s and rocket experiments at the Science Museum have all been features of life at Marylebone Boys’ School. Now in its second school year, it currently has 240 boys and will add a further 120 this September. The original aim back in 2012, when I co-founded it, was to offer local families with boys an option of an academically rigorous education, with high expectations. Richard Ardron, the Headteacher, has done an outstanding job translating this vision into reality.
The school has been housed in a temporary site in Kilburn. In April, Westminster City Council granted planning consent for the school’s permanent site in the Paddington Basin. As well as providing the new home for the school, the Council development will also deliver around 190 new ‘affordable’ homes.
Marylebone’s school age demographic continues to trend upwards. This year we have seen EIFA, the Marylebone French-English bilingual school, open on a new site in Duchess Street. Getting school places will continue to remain a stressful experience but more choice can only be a good thing for the increasing number of local parents.