Ilford County High School – About

Ilford County High School (ICHS) is a selective boy’s grammar school. Established in 1901, Ilford County strives to achieve excellence, whilst providing all pupils with the highest level of education. ICHS is located in Barkingside, Redbridge and is a leading secondary school in the borough.

Ilford County High School a front view of the school
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Essential Information

Address: Ilford County High School, Fremantle Road, Barkingside, Ilford

Phone Number: 020 8551 6496

Admissions email:

Students admitted at 11+: 180

Link to website:

Ilford County High School – History

ICHS was established in 1901, with the building initially set up in Balfour road, Ilford. The grounds of the school in Balfour road now make up Christchurch Primary School and the Redbridge Teacher’s Centre. The school was first called Park Higher Grade School, and was a co-ed school, with the girl’s section moving to Cranbrook Road, where it is now known as Valentines High School.

In 1935, the school moved to Fremantle Road, Barkingside, where it has remained to this day. Additions to the building include a new Sports Hall, a study suite and Library (Learning Resource Centre), a refurbished canteen, and a new building for science and technology.

Ilford County High School – Results

GCSEs in 2019

Percentage of grades
Grade 9 24.3%
Grades 8-9 49%
Grades 7-9 70.3%
Grades 5-9 93.6%

A Levels in 2019

Percentage of grades
Grade A* 15%
Grade A 25%
Grades A*- A 40.3%
Grades A*- A 63.1%

Ilford County High School – Examinations

ICHS requires an 11+ entrance examination, using the GL examination type.

Format MCQ
Layout Section by section
Separate Answer Sheet Yes
Creative writing No
Timing Usually 45 mins per paper

Entrance exam

The Redbridge 11 Plus Exam can seem slightly confusing or daunting, so we have a fully informative guide to the exam here.

Furthermore, competition for places in the school is extremely competitive, with an average of 1 place for every 13 children you apply. Thus, preparation for this exam is the key for all children who want to apply. More about 11 Plus preparation can be found here.

Free Papers for practice:

FREE GL Set 1 Practice Exams