Bow School

Why Choose Bow?

We are confident that Bow is the best place for students to prepare themselves for life in the modern world.  It is an incredibly exciting time for the school, and it is our pledge that every student will be able to reflect on their time at Bow as positive and fulfilling and having provided the foundations needed for their long-term future success.

Why join us....


We value academic excellence and inspire our students to achieve greatness. Bow School alumni Peter and Rio show what can be achieved - both secured university places of their dreams and are now thriving at Cambridge University, in the process raising the bar across the school for everyone. Over a third of students have progressed onto Russell Group Universities in the last two years, and many students are now enjoying prestigious careers that they set their sights on whilst at Bow School. 

Year on year outcomes continue to improve, reflecting the work that has gone into developing our offer since out last inspection in 2018 when we were recognised as a Good school. Inspectors were impressed with the school's leadership, student progress and achievements, the quality of teaching and our blossoming Sixth Form, which continues to grow in strength and size to become a significant part of our school.


To welcome our new Year 7’s to Bow and ensure their transition from primary to secondary school is successful, we have developed a unique transition programme which begins the moment your child is offered a place at Bow.


Bow School benefits from state-of-the-art facilities including a large sports hall, floodlit 2G MUGAs, a theatre, as well as many other sporting and educational spaces. The facilities allow us to provide students with a full range of sporting activities within the curriculum, as well as part of extra-curricular activities.


Our small but perfectly formed Sixth Form offers bespoke learning pathways and enriched experiences that are second to none, including individualised support, world class mentoring, enrichment which extends beyond the classroom and access to universities, apprenticeships and the world of work.


BowExtra! refers to our programme of out of hours learning, interventions and clubs. It supports the raising of achievement by motivating students to become more effective learners through activities that enrich, enable and extend the curriculum.


A Bow education goes far beyond this. Our ethos is that students are World and Career Ready. 

World Ready: We push students to contribute to society, understand social issues and develop life skills.

Career Ready: Nurturing critical thinkers and problem solvers who are ready to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Our Student Experience 


Our vision is to ensure every student is World and Career Ready. We nurture students who are critical thinkers, problem solvers and relationship builders, students who are self-aware, inquisitive, resourceful and passionate and establish a platform from which they can thrive, both personally and professionally.  Our vision is achieved through effective teaching, an embedded culture of excellence and a rich programme designed specifically to harness students' energy, skills and experience to open doors to life beyond Bow School.


Adaptability, Respect, Curiosity and Determination are our core values and define our expectations of everyone at the school. We set high targets and richly reward determination and success, encouraging the highest standards of behaviour at all times and by living and breathing our school values we are able to nurture the attributes and characteristics within everyone in our school community, providing them with the best springboard for success.

"Making friends at a new school is so important and my teachers really helped by introducing me to students who shared my interests. I’m learning so much more about technology than I did at primary school. At Bow there’s a real focus on these subjects because they will help us prepare for jobs of the future. Outside of class I’m part of the Charity Committee and we’re helping to raise money for a food bank in Tower Hamlets. The school has shown us that we can really help the local community. It makes me proud to know that we’re helping those around us.” Myanh, Year 8, Manorfield Primary