Welcome to Ian Mikardo High School
Come with a past, leave with a future

Ian Mikardo High School is a specialist academy pioneering the way in which our society approaches the education of our most vulnerable young people. We put the individual at the centre of what we do, adapting our curriculum according to their social, emotional and educational needs. We are widely respected as leaders in SEN and trauma-informed practice, and are passionate about continually evolving to empower each and every one of our students.

Our New Curriculum

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T4 Trust

We are proud to be a part of T4, a multi-academy trust that shares and supports our conviction that every young person should have access to an education that respects their unique circumstance and individual needs. We firmly believe that expertise should be shared and that best practice is a reflective practice. We are proud to be a part of a growing community of educators who not only share our vision, but with whom we can exchange ideas.


All our students have statements of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plans relating to Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs.
If your child is yet to be assessed for SEN, you can refer to Tower Hamlets website for more information about the process. We accept applications directly from parents or carers for students who already have SEN statements. We also welcome referrals from local authorities, institutions and services.

Remote Education Provision: Information for parents

At IMHS we are providing a rich and diverse set of educational and developmental interventions, activities and experiences for our students. Our school day consists of live lessons and activities, for the length of a normal school day, running between 9am and 3pm. You can find out more information below:

“The school is a happy and well-ordered place to learn…All leaders constantly check that their actions are making a difference. They are united in believing that their pupils deserve only the very best. This is reflected in the high quality of provision that is offered and the excellent care and support pupils receive." ”

Lesley Cox, Ofsted Inspector, 2016 Report

“I can’t remember when I was last in such a creative and dynamic learning environment.”

Grahame Price, Head Teacher, St Pauls’ Way Trust School

"It’s a brilliant school. They’ve got the right staff, they get to know the kids really well and they get to know us as families. I feel supported as a parent."

Donna K, Parent

"The ethos is life-enchancing instead of punitive."

Penny Woolcock, Film Maker