Pupils arrive on a Wednesday morning at Greenford High School. Eight new buildings were opened in 2007, replacing the original one which came into use in 1939. The site was redesigned to accustom prospective university students to that type of environment and to encourage others to consider going on to higher education. Each building houses a different faculty named after a significant figure in each field such as Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Stephen Hawking. Greenford is a Foundation school and a Business, Enterprise and Language college. It is open to local residents who use its sports facilities as part of the Active Ealing project. The buildings are functional but stylish with some surprises but it is hidden away behind homes and shops. I was left with the impression that everyone gets a chance to excel at this school, that it is inclusive and supportive, in other words, really positive and very Greenford. I am very grateful to the head teacher, Mathew Cramer, for letting me use up his valuable time and for introducing me to the giraffe.
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