Hackney Academy labelled ‘outstanding’

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The City Academy school in Hackney has been described as “outstanding in every category” by Ofsted.

The school, which opened in 2009 and replaced the Homerton Boys Technology College, was highly praised in the inspectors’ report.

The school inspectors said that the Academy “created an educational environment with opportunities to excel in a safe, inspiring and enriching atmosphere”.

Principal Mark Emmerson said: “[I’m] incredibly pleased to see staff and students’ hard work recognised in this report. It is an important milestone on the journey to the ultimate aim of delivering outstanding results and academic excellence for every student in the academy.”

The school is sponsored by the City of London Corporation and financial services firm KPMG, and is outside the control of local councillors.

Inspectors said pupils as well as teachers “are making an increasingly positive contribution to the academy,” leading students to behave “exceptionally well and have highly positive attitudes to learning”.

Ofsted also noted that when many of the pupils were underachieving when they started at the Academy. Those pupils who are presently in year eight are now working at levels twice the national average.

Catherine McGuiness, chairman of the board of governors at The City Academy said: “It’s great news that Ofsted has judged The City Academy to be ‘outstanding’. I’m particularly pleased that the inspectors have recognised the contribution of the whole of the school community.”

The school currently teaches years seven to nine, but is designated as a school for 11 to 19 year-olds, and student numbers will increase as other years move on.

There are further plans for the school to house a sixth form centre, where students aged 16 to 19 can study further education.

The full Ofsted report can be read here.


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