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future academies

The City of London Academies Trust (COLAT) intends to open five new academy schools over the next three years: three secondary academies and two primaries.

The City of London first became an academy sponsor in 2003 when it opened the City of London Academy, Southwark. Since that time the City of London has gone on to sponsor a further two secondary academies: in joint sponsorship with City University for the City of London Academy Islington, and with KPMG for the City Academy, Hackney. In addition the City sponsors Redriff Primary Academy in Southwark.in Southwark.

The four new academies are:

Primary academies

Secondary academies

  • City of London Academy Highgate Hill
  • City of London Academy Shoreditch Park, opening September 2017
  • City of London Academy Downs Park, opening September 2019

City of London Primary Academy Islington - Parent information events

A series of public events for parents where you can meet our new headteacher and governors, find out about our aims, values and ethos, and learn about the exciting curriculum and enrichment club we will offer.

You wil be able to vew architectural plans for our brand new building and check out our smart new uniform.

City of London School for Girls, St Giles Terrace, London EC2Y

  • Thursday 29 September 2016 7pm-8.30pm
  • Thursday 15 December 2016 7pm-8.30pm

Barbican Library, S ilk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

  • Monday 17 October 2016 4.30-5.30pm
  • Monday 14 November 2016 4.30-5.30pm
  • Monday 09 January 2017 4.30-5.30pm

Golden Lane Community Centre, Great Arthur House, London EC1Y 0SH

  • Friday 4 November 7pm-8.30pm

More information about all the City's planned new academies can be found in the sections below.

City of London Academy Highgate Hill

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    City of London Academy Highgate Hill

The City of London Academy Highgate Hill is a proposed academy which plans to open in the north of Islington in September 2017.

In its opening year the City of London Academy Highgate Hill will provide 140 much needed secondary school places in the London Borough of Islington. When full, the school will have a capacity of 700 students.

The City of London Academy Highgate Hill will be co-educational, non-selective, non-denominational and free to attend.

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

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    City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

The City of London Academy Shoreditch Park is a proposed academy which plans to open in the south of Hackney in September 2017.

The school is being proposed by the City of London Academies
Trust – in partnership with Hackney Council – who successfully opened the City Academy Hackney in Homerton in 2009.
In its opening year the City of London Academy Shoreditch Park will provide 180 much needed secondary school places in the London Borough of Hackney. When full, the school will have a capacity of 900 students.

City of London Primary Academy Islington

The City of London Primary Academy Islington (COLPA Islington) will be housed in a brand new building in the EC1 area of south Islington.

A two-form entry school, it will open in September 2017 with an initial intake of 60 Reception students, reaching its full complement of 420 students by 2024, including those with special needs.

The school will increase parental choice in an area where there is a need for additional primary school places. The school will also include nursery provision.

COLPA Islington will join the already successful family of City of London schools and will follow the newly developed City Schools Primary Curriculum. It will be directly linked and supported by the City of London School for Girls, an ISI Outstanding rated independent school. It will benefit from the extensive links that the City of London School for Girls have with institutions such as Guildhall, the Barbican Library, Mansion House and the Museum of London.

Operated by the City of London Academies Trust, the school will offer a broad and balanced curriculum with specific focus on mathematical ability and financial literacy, and will employ proven learning approaches delivered only by qualified teaching staff.

Like all City of London schools the new academy will benefit from the City's strong links with business and will aim to instil qualities such as independence, creativity and financial literacy. Children will be given opportunities to explore the world around them, learn new skills, and understand the communities in which they live.

Our aim for the school is to eliminate achievement gaps and improve the life chances of local children. We aim to ensure that the achievement of every child compares favourably with the best in the country. COLPA Islington will welcome all children and families from the local community.

Our school values will be:

  • safe, secure and stimulating learning environment
  • specialising in mathematical ability and financial Literacy
  • personalised learning
  • commitment to academic excellence
  • confident, collaborative culture
  • community focused

School ethos

There will be strong collaborative links with other local schools. We will use professionals from business and commerce as mentors so that the children will benefit from the skills of those living in their local area. The use of a Financial Literacy Passport will enable teachers to track and support the development of students' specific life skills.

The City of London is committed to ensuring that its rich cultural offer is readily available and accessible to all Londoners. We believe that creativity and creative thinking are fundamental to the future economic wellbeing of our city and our nation, and that the creative arts, music, drama, dance are essential development for the children of Islington. Sitting at the heart of one of the great cultural capitals of the world, we believe it to be their heritage and their entitlement. For this reason one of the key components of our new school will be an ‘extended day’ with an extended cultural offer.

As part of our offer every child will be able to remain within school after usual school hours with an option of quality care until 6pm daily. In this way we will ensure that all children access extended opportunities in the creative arts, music, dance, drama and sport. We will provide summer camps for our children specifically to extend and enrich their cultural experience and appreciation of their city. These will build on work recently piloted by City of London School for Girls. We will work with City charities and the Livery companies to ensure that these opportunities are affordable to all children and free to those in receipt of Pupil Premium.

To find out more, and to register your interest in the school for the future, email fyi@cityoflondon.gov.uk or call 020 7332 1002.

City of London Academy Downs Park

​​​The City of London Academy Downs Park is proposed to open in September 2019 near Rectory Road. It will have six classes in each year group, taking 180 students in their first year and eventually offering 900 new school places in parts of the borough where there is most need.

We plan to create an brand new inclusive school that welcomes all children and families from the local area, including those with special needs. The school will increase parental choice in areas where there is a need for additional secondary school places, and will build on the quality of the existing City of London Academies, including the City Academy Hackney, one of the highest performing secondary schools in England.

Curriculum and ethos

Like all City Academies the school will draw on the City of London's exceptional range and quality of resources. The City of London believes that every student is entitled to high quality academic, creative, sporting, linguistic and personal development opportunities.

Academic

We will not compromise on students achieving exceptional levels of academic progress. We provide rigour in our teaching whilst ensuring that we engage students' interest and inspire them to achieve the highest academic standards. Behaviour is expected to be exceptional, classrooms are focussed and students are required to complete their classwork, and the regular homework we set them, to the best of their ability.

Creative

Creative learning experiences are promoted across all subjects and the creative subjects themselves have high status in our academies. Every student has access to a wide range of creative opportunities through the formal curriculum, additional Studies, trips, concerts and productions.

Sporting

Our commitment to healthy lifestyles means that we encourage wide participation in sports and fitness. We have regular fixtures for all sports teams and students are expected to take pride in representing the academy. Our academies in turn take pride in nurturing their individual talents and collective success.

Linguistic

Speaking another language is an invaluable life skill in the twenty-first century, globalised economy. For that reason every child is expected to study at least one foreign language and take formal examinations in their own language to promote, value and recognise their own culture and heritage

Personal

We believe that academic success and the wider personal development of students go hand in hand. Any school should play a vital role in allowing students to develop a range of wider personal attributes which will help them to succeed in later life. The academy places a great deal of importance on politeness, kindness, responsibility and respect. We promote these core British values through the high expectations in all our academies.

The model for this curriculum is drawn largely from the City of London's existing secondary academy in the borough - The City Academy, Hackney. In its last two years of GCSE examinations the academy’s results have placed it in the top five schools in the country. We expect the new Hackney academies to be just as high-achieving.


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