220th anniversary of The Marylebone School
The Bishop of London attended a service of joy and thanksgiving for 220 years of education at The St Marylebone Church of England School today.
The Bishop was joined at the service, held at St Marylebone Parish Church, by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester and the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Susie Burbridge.
The celebration also marked the 200th anniversary of the founding of the National Society, the Church of England body which established church schools, and recognised the school’s affiliation to the Woodard Schools’ Corporation. The Woodward Schools is an association of 47 schools from the independent and maintained sector, which this year also celebrated a 200th anniversary – this time of the birth of its founder, Nathaniel Woodard.
It has been a year of high achievement for St Marylebone School, which became Westminster’s first outstanding school academy on 1 September and has been awarded National Teaching School status – one of only a hundred nationally. It has also been awarded extra government funding this year to expand its successful sixth form to more than 330 students.
The Bishop preached at the service which was also attended by representatives of the London Diocesan Board for Schools, the National Society and the Woodard Schools. Students shared their thoughts on what it meant to be part of The St Marylebone School and there were contributions from the school’s Church and Chamber Choirs as well as several of the school’s orchestras and performances from scholarship drama and dance students.
Commenting on the celebrations The Revd Stephen Evans, Rector of St Marylebone, said:
"It’s wonderful to be able to celebrate 220 years of education at St Marylebone. To have the Bishop of London and the Duchess of Gloucester with us means a huge amount to all our students, staff, governors and parents."
The St Marylebone School is an outstanding school which has become well known nationally under the leadership of its inspirational headmistress, Elizabeth Phillips OBE. It serves an extremely diverse population in central London. There are currently 1,000 pupils on roll with 330 in the Sixth Form. Nearly 60 languages are spoken by students, who are drawn from all over the Diocese of London.