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BARBICAN LIFE


City Corporation Academies may be just right for your child


The City of London’s three Academies, located in Hackney, Islington and Southwark offer secondary education options for City residents. Susanna Howard explains the options


schools works hard to build links between them and the City Corporation family: students from the Guildhall School for example worked with Hackney Academy students to write their school song; Barbican staff worked on a school- based arts festival “CoLA-I-Fest” at the Islington Academy engaging over 600 students.


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hoosing the right school for your child can be fraught with difficulty: answering the crucial question –


where will he or she thrive, is perhaps one of the most important decisions a family will face. Barbican residents are fortunate. Living in the heart of the City of London their children can apply for schools in neighbouring boroughs and there is a wide choice, but not everyone is aware that the City of London


Corporation’s three Academies are an excellent and available option for all City residents.


Located in three London boroughs: Islington, Southwark and Hackney, the three Academies are united by their commitment to achieving excellence not just in academia but all areas of school life: sport, art, music and theatre. Elizabeth Gooch, a student at Southwark Academy said: “My experience of being a student at the school is that there’s always something going on whether it being an after school club you can join, or getting involved in extra curricular activities that you can enjoy. I am now a proud 6th- former of the Southwark Academy and have found that there are many opportunities for students who are willing to learn and try out new things.”


The City of London Corporation through its sponsorship and active involvement in the life of the


Deputy Richard Regan, Chair of Governors at the City of London Academy Islington (COLAI) said: “The CoLC can be proud of the impact of its involvement in its academies and the very evident success in this area. In particular the conversion of Islington Green School into the CoL Academy Islington with the sponsorship of both the CoLC and City University has brought a new focus and dynamism to the school. That, coupled with the new building has raised the ambitions and expectations of pupils, staff and parents.”


The City of London Academy


– Islington’s motto is: “Where students succeed” and its specialism in Business and Enterprise means a strong emphasis on critical thinking, creativity and leadership. It also tries to create a strong working relationship between staff, students and their families something which Principal Ann Palmer says encourages students to become more effective: “Academies such as ours are in the unique position of being offered more freedoms than your average school. We can choose therefore to make the most of our resources, ensuring that every child is catered for in a personalised way. We set high standards and make certain that students fulfill their true potential.


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