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About Us

City of London Primary Academy Islington opened in September 2017. The school will be in temporary accommodation until July 2020 while the permanent school is being built on the old Richard Cloudesley School site, to the north of the Golden Lane Estate. COLPAI is a non-selective, fully inclusive school. Pupils are drawn from and reflect the local community and, with the exception of looked after children and siblings, places are allocated by distance.



In the first few years there will be a partnership arrangement with City of London School for Girls (CLSG), supporting this new primary academy in delivering an outstanding school, and further enhancing the role CLSG has in the education of local children and supporting the local community. This collaboration will enable the sharing of services and joint staff working/training initiatives , and looking at what cross cutting systems may be possible, such as ICT, explore curriculum planning and joint access activities around learning.

At City of London Primary Academy Islington we aim to change the lives of children.  We hope meet the growing demand for school places in Islington and the City, and give local families and children a new and different school offer. We are confident that with the sponsorship of the City of London Corporation, and the support of City of London School for Girls, we can make a lasting and fundamental difference to the lives of children.

City of London Academies – ‘Foundations of Excellence’

City of London Primary Academy Islington is one of a number of academies sponsored by the City of London, all of which are expected to exhibit the five attributes of outstanding educational provision.  These simple and effective principles are the essential drivers that deliver outstanding outcomes for learners and are key to the success of City of London Academies. They are:


High expectation leadership

Dynamic and skilled leadership from school leaders and governors founded in the core belief that all children can succeed.


Exemplary behaviour

Behaviour for learning based on a set of defined core values that promote respect, tolerance, probity, curiosity, resilience, creativity, and independence.


Outstanding creative teaching 

Highly skilled teaching that inspires, engages, supports, and challenges learners whatever their starting point.


Assessment that informs intervention

Target setting and assessments systems that set challenging targets, and provides data that supports intervention if that progress is not being made.


A challenging curriculum

A formal curriculum that matches the high expectations of progress providing a range of high status qualifications for each learner. A rich informal curriculum that supports the wider development of each learner through personal, sporting, creative, and employer related experiences.