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Head's Welcome

I am delighted to welcome local children and families to the City of London Primary Academy Islington; a vibrant and exciting, brand new school located in the EC1 area of south Islington.

As a fully inclusive school, our aim is to provide a world-class education for every child including pupils with special educational needs. Our talented and dedicated team is committed to closing the attainment gap so that the achievement of every child compares favourably with the best in the country.

We have the highest expectations of ourselves as a school and of our pupils’ achievement, effort, attitude, and behaviour. Good home-school links enhance children’s learning, therefore we actively engage parents as partners in their child’s education to realise the highest possible goals and aspirations. We strive for excellence in all that we do, to inspire a passion for learning within a happy, safe and caring environment where everyone is valued and respected.

The location of our academy offers one of the richest arts and cultural environments a school could wish for - art galleries, museums, theatres and music venues are on our doorstep. We believe the arts subjects and our cultural heritage enrich learning and for this reason offer a broad and balanced curriculum with an extra-curricular offer as part of an ‘extended’ school day.

This new school will join the family of already highly successful City of London schools and will be directly linked and supported by the City of London School for Girls, an ISI Outstanding rated independent school. Like all City of London schools, our new academy will benefit from the City’s strong links with business and commerce, including the opportunity to work with business mentors.

Children get only one chance with their education. It has far-reaching implications for their future success, and at the City of London Primary Academy Islington, we are creatively ambitious for every child to be the best they can be. It is a privilege to have been appointed as Headteacher of this brand new school to serve the local community. As a small but growing school, with a dedicated staff team, we offer a strong ethos of care, guidance and personalised support.

I thank you for your interest in the school and warmly invite you to apply for a place for your child. I very much look forward to hearing from you.

Kim Clapham




A Message from the Executive Head

Welcome to City of London Primary Academy Islington. Situated on the doorstep of the City and surrounded by world class cultural resources, this is a school that aims to inspire a love of learning and equip all pupils to fulfil their ambitions. It will benefit from the expertise and resources from the City of London family of schools and will enjoy a strong link with CLSG in particular. CLSG has a long and successful tradition of outreach work, and I am delighted to be involved in this exciting project in our local community. 

At COLPAI, we believe in setting ourselves high expectations and in doing whatever it takes to achieve them.  We have an exciting curriculum, both creative and challenging, underpinned by outstanding pastoral care in a nurturing environment that will allow all our children to flourish.

At the heart of our school lie our values of Excellence, Respect, Aspiration, Creativity and Team Work. If our values resonate with you, this is the school for your child. I look forward to working with you.

Ena Harrop

Executive Head Teacher