Hammersmith Academy, a brand new 11-18 co-educational all-ability secondary school in West London, opened its doors to 24 staff and 240 students at the beginning of September 2011.
This is the Mercers’ latest academy, with an educational approach based on the foundations laid by Thomas Telford School and developed in our other academies in the West Midlands, and takes the total number of schools and colleges in the Mercers’ group to 17 across the maintained, independent and college sectors.
The Academy is co-sponsored by the Mercers’ Company and the Information Technologists’ Company. Our partners’ expertise in the Academy’s specialisms of IT and Digital and Creative Media gives ideal opportunities for links between the school and the Digital Media industries of West London.
The Head, Gary Kynaston, who has been in post for a year prior to opening, has been working closely with the Mercers’ education staff and the project team to have the Academy ready for teaching and learning. Staff recruitment, induction and training, student admissions and enrolment, designing the curriculum and all the operational policies and procedures that create an effective school have been proceeding alongside the building project, which has seen a state-of-the- art four storey school building emerge on the site of the former Stamford House in Cathnor Road, London W12.
The new school boasts a large Theatre with Drama and Dance studios, digital editing and IT suites, four-bay sports hall and fitness suite, modern practical science, technology and art and design spaces, outdoor astroturf area, restaurant, library, and bright, modern classrooms and larger learning bases. The Thomas Telford team has been involved in the IT design and fitting-out programme, with specialist input from the BRIT School on Digital and Creative Media. The nearby St. Paul’s Schools also gave valuable help during the construction phase, providing office space and administrative support for Gary and his start-up team.
The academy will gradually fill up to its capacity of 780 students by 2015, and, supported by its Mercer and IT governors, is seeking to establish a strong record of academic excellence and progression for its students.