The Hurlingham Academy, which became an academy in January, has held a special Foundation Day for its students, staff and local community to set out its vision and ambition for the future.
The Foundation Day celebrated the school’s achievements to date, including this summer’s 8 point rise in the percentage of students achieving 5 or more A* to C grades at GCSE including English and maths, and marked the school’s commitment to working with its local community.
As well as parents and governors, the school welcomed Winter Olympic champion, Shelley Rudman, who spoke during the ceremony. In her role as Sports Ambassador for United Learning, Shelley gave an account of her experiences as a World Champion Skeleton athlete and encouraged students to take advantage of every opportunity presented to them.
Year 11 students from the academy gave spectacular performances of the songs ‘Firework’ and ‘Titanium’ whilst another student gave an impressive speech about the positive changes she has seen at the academy over the last six months.
During the ceremony, Executive Principal Ben Parnell spoke about the progress being made at The Hurlingham Academy and set out his vision for the school for the next few years. He said:
“The Hurlingham Academy is rapidly transforming thanks to the support and commitment of its students and staff. We have implemented a series of initiatives which are already resulting in high standards of behaviour and learning and this is having a strong impact on student achievement. I am particularly excited about the development of our new Bilingual Stream and our plans to open a Sixth Form, which I am confident will further add to the diverse community we have here at the academy.”
To mark the school’s commitment to working in partnership with all its local stakeholders, representatives of staff, students, governors, the local community and United Learning each signed a pledge in which they committed to support The Hurlingham Academy to become an outstanding school.
The student pledge included a promise to treat staff and fellow students with respect and tolerance, to come to school determined to be the very best that they can be and to take advantage of the many opportunities offered at The Hurlingham Academy.
Also in attendance were United Learning’s Chief Executive Jon Coles and Dame Sally Coates, Director of Southern Academies for the group, who will continue to work closely with the school.
Commenting on the event, Dame Sally Coates said:
“It is with great pleasure that we formally welcome The Hurlingham Academy into United Learning today. Under the leadership of Ben Parnell and the support of United Learning, the school has made some significant headway in raising standards and the summer’s GCSE results are testament to this. We have every expectation that the academy will continue to improve at pace and provide local children with the excellent education they deserve.”