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This, mixed with the excellent partnerships that we have formed with the CoLC and the Barbican means that we have a recipe for success which works extremely well.”

The City of London Academy Southwark is the longest established of the CoLC’s three Academies and is now one of the most over subscribed schools in Southwark. It also has a Business and Enterprise specialism and in addition to a strong academic life, the Academy offers a huge range of after school activities and lessons.

Jammy Akodu, a student at Southwark said: “The Academy will bring out the best in your child and bring talents to the surface. For example my mathematical abilities have really been nurtured at the School: not only am I now studying maths, further maths and economics as part of my A-level studies, but I have taken part in maths challenges and competed regionally against other schools, something I have really enjoyed. Deputy William Fraser, Chair of Governors at The City Academy Southwark said he would encourage Barbican parents to seriously consider sending their children to the school: “The Academy now has over 1100 pupils almost 200 of whom are in the 6th Form. Last summer the GCSE results meant that almost all those who left the Academy progressed to higher education. “The Academy has extensive after school activities and pupils make annual visits to places such as the battlefields of France and ski-ing. Recent visitors to the Academy include The Rt Hon Vince Cable MP and Sir Ian Mckellen. The City of London Academy has made a big impact on the local area in North Bermondsey where it is very highly regarded.” The City Academy, Hackney – co-sponsored by KPMG – opened with a brand new cohort of 11 year olds in September 2009. In such a short time, the Academy really has grown from strength to strength. It is already one of the

most popular schools in Hackney, and at the end of January 2010 received an outstanding grade in its OFSTED monitoring inspection. The inspectors were particularly impressed by the attitudes, work ethic, politeness and professionalism of the students, and their evident pride in their school. One of those students, William Bradford is himself a City of London resident. He is the Finance Director for the Student Conference Business and a member of the Eco-committee. Commenting recently on the Academy he said: “I am very privileged to attend this amazing school; it is invaluable to my education. The teaching is excellent and the rules are easy to get used to. I really enjoy art and Design & Technology because of the amazing resources in these lessons.”

Catherine McGuinness, chair of governors at the City Academy, said “We are really delighted that OFSTED has found our performance to be outstanding, and absolutely determined to keep that high standard up. We want each of our students to achieve to the very best of their ability, and that means a focus on engaging and creative teaching, a calm learning environment, and high expectations. At the same time


we provide a rich range of other opportunities; our pupils have already performed in the Barbican foyers and Hackney Empire, exhibited artwork on the South Bank and enjoyed sporting success. They are just about to plant their own orchard. The Academy is easily accessible from the City, do visit us on one of our open days next autumn if you are looking for a secondary school for your child.” Of course all three Academies are very different and are shaped by their respective teachers, pupils and parents, but for Barbican parents looking for a supportive, challenging and inspiring environment for the children, they should certainly consider the City’s Academies.

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