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Background Information

City of London Corporation (Sponsor)

The City of London Corporation is a long-standing supporter of education and is extremely proud to have ten schools within the City family of schools, including:

  • Sir John Cass’s Foundation Primary School, for which the City of London Corporation has statutory responsibility;
  • City of London School (Boys), City of London School for Girls, and City of London Freemen’s School, where the City of London Corporation is the proprietor; and
  • eight academies, where it has a role as sponsor/co-sponsor - The City Academy, Hackney (co-sponsor with KPMG), City of London Academy Islington (co-sponsor with City, University of London), City of London Academy Southwark, Redriff Primary, Galleywall Primary, City of London Academy Shoreditch Park, City of London Academy Highgate Hill, and City of London Primary Academy Islington.

Where the City Corporation is the sole sponsor of an academy/free school the City Corporation has decided that they will be run by a company established by the City - the City of London Academies Trust (which is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity). This company is also known as a Multi-Academy Trust.                                                                             

As sponsor the City is ultimately responsible to the Department for Education (DfE) for the success of the schools it sponsors. The City Corporation therefore has an on-going interest in the good governance and successful operation of the company. While the City Corporation has no direct financial obligation to company and its chain of schools (except as a company Member as noted below), as a sponsor it is expected to offer on-going assistance and support to those schools to engender success. This assistance may be financial or in-kind e.g. expertise, experience, collaboration etc.

The relationship between the City Corporation and the company is set out in the Articles of Association of the company, and in the Sponsorship Agreement which is agreed by both the City Corporation and the company. 

The Articles of the company provide certain rights to the City Corporation. The City Corporation has the right to appoint four individuals as company Members, and is itself a corporate member of the company. The City Corporation has the right to appoint six Directors (who are also Trustees) of the company.

The Sponsorship Agreement sets out the City Corporation’s expectations as sponsor, including the ethos of each school consistent with the City Corporation’s Education Strategy, City Corporation appointments to the Local Governing Bodies, expectations as to dialogue on key matters affecting the company (such as expansion), and arrangements for regular liaison and collaborative working.

City of London Academy Southwark

The City of London Academy is a vibrant and innovative educational community in the heart of Bermondsey sponsored by the City of London Corporation. Passionate about raising aspirations and supporting each student to achieve their potential, the academy provides a high quality education with an added focus on Business & Enterprise and Sport to students aged 11-18.

The academy has been an International School since 2011, and has been awarded Investors in Careers for the exceptional work in supporting students' personal development. They were also awarded the Arts Mark Gold award for the second time in 2013, which recognises their outstanding creative and performing arts provision. They offer a broad and balanced curriculum, with small class sizes tailored to our students’ needs. Guided choice at Key Stage 4 helps students access the pathway that is best suited to them.

Redriff Primary City of London Academy

Redriff Primary Academy is sponsored by City Corporation. It is a two forms-of-entry Primary school (14 classes, two for each year group, with a maximum of 30 places in each class) with approximately 450 pupils. There is a nursery class with a mixture of 60 full time and part time places. Nursery and Reception classes have their own separate, well equipped outdoor play area.

The school has been established for over 100 years to serve the Surrey Docks area of Rotherhithe and for the past ten years Redriff has achieved outcomes consistently above national expectations for all the children in its care. Almost 50% of its pupils are in receipt of Pupil premium, it has a large number of children from different ethnic groups and with English as an additional language. The school values are, to be: Aspirational, Adventurous, Independent, Enlightened and Compassionate.

Redriff was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in inspection in November 2011. Despite the changes in the inspection framework, their performance data is such that they could expect a similar judgment at the next inspection.

Galleywall Primary City of London Academy

Galleywall is a brand new primary school in Southwark which opened in September 2016 with sixty reception aged children. The children who have started school at Galleywall in 2016 are the first year group of children in a brand new school. They have entered a small, family community school. The class of 2016 will always be the oldest in the school. The school and the children will grow together.

City of London Primary Academy Islington

City of London Primary Academy Islington is a brand new primary school which opened in September 2017. The children who started school in September 2017 are our first year group in a brand new school. The academy will be permanently based on Golden Lane in Islington, on the previous Richard Cloudesley School site but is currently in temporary accommodation for up to two years while the new school is being built. When based on the permanent site the academy will also have nursery provision.

City of London Academy Shoreditch Park

The City of London Academy Shoreditch Park is a brand new secondary school which opened in September 2017. It is currently based in a purpose-built modular building, and will be for three years, before moving to its permanent home in a brand new building in Shoreditch Park. 

In nature, ethos and approach the school is modelled on The City Academy, Hackney, a co-sponsored 'Outstanding' academy which is renowned for achieving world class standards for its students. The City Academy, Hackney made more academic progress than in any other school in Hackney and was in the top seven secondary schools in the country for progress in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The Trust intends to quickly establish the City of London Academy Shoreditch Park as a centre of excellence for secondary education in the south of the borough as The City Academy, Hackney is in the east.

City of London Academy Highgate Hill

The City of London Academy Highgate Hill opened in September 2017 on the site of Mount Carmel Catholic Girls College in the north of Islington. The school is non-selective, non-denominational, and offers places to both boys and girls. 

The model for the school's curriculum replicates that of the very successful City of London Academy Islington and the student cohort is of a similar profile and prior attainment. There is no doubt that the new academy will follow the success of the other City schools given similar high expectations and quality of teaching.

City of London School for Girls

City of London School for Girls is a non-denominational, academically selective, independent day school for girls aged 7-18. Based in the London Square Mile, pupils have excellent access to a huge range of venues, events and activities, of which they take full advantage. City welcomes pupils from a wide range of different cultures, faiths and backgrounds which creates a unique and dynamic learning environment. The school is committed to providing opportunities to all girls regardless of financial means, and therefore offers numerous scholarships and bursaries. City of London School for Girls aims to provide a stretching and challenging academic education to girls at the top end of the ability range. The school also aims to provide a full and rounded education which helps to develop pupils morally, spiritually, socially and culturally, as well as intellectually. City girls are encouraged to pursue subjects and extracurricular activities which they excel at and their academic and personal confidence is boosted by the school’s supportive environment and long-standing record of achievement. The school stands true to its mission statement, “aiming for excellence in all we do in the education and development of young women.”

The above make up the City Family of Schools, which provides a wide network of supportive experience and highly successful leaders, opportunities of collaborative working, and joint initiatives to provide world class education.