Ark Burlington Danes Academy awarded Gold Club status for exceptional educational achievements

Ark Burlington Danes Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham has been awarded Gold Club status under a scheme set up by the Mayor of London Boris Johnson to recognise exceptional schools in the capital. The Gold Club is part of the Mayor's drive to boost standards and raise attainment for all schoolchildren wherever they live in the capital and regardless of background.

London’s schools continue to outperform the rest of the country with last year’s GCSE results showing the city as the top English region for the sixth consecutive year.

In highlighting and celebrating schools that are 'bucking the trend', especially those that have pupils with previously low attainment, the aim is to inspire even more schools in London to strive for similar academic success and offer them the chance to learn from the Gold Club schools.

Ark Burlington Danes Academy has been awarded Gold Club status, because of its unique ethos, where every student counts, every lesson matters and its belief that that great schools can do more than achieve excellent grades; they build and enrich lives. 

Michael Ribton, Principal, said: “As an award-winning member of the London School’s Gold Club, we are committed, not only to improving the life chances of our students at Ark Burlington Danes Academy, but also helping other schools to do the same.  Part of our work as a Gold Club member is to offer training and support to other schools, both inside and outside the network, taking the best aspects of our practice and sharing it with colleagues.  We, in turn, learn from others to continue to review and improve what we do to ensure our students receive the very best educational opportunities.”

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson commented: 'Congratulations to Ark Burlington Danes Academy for its outstanding achievements and for the hard work of its pupils and teaching staff. London schools are going from strength to strength and our Gold Club members are testament to the fact all schools can aspire to attain excellence for all their pupils, whatever their circumstances. The Gold Club is a great platform for schools to share their bright ideas and approaches to enable every one of their pupils to achieve terrific results.”

113 schools have been awarded Gold Club status in 2015, the third year the scheme. They are being asked to share their good practice through seminars and hosting visits to their school so that other schools can learn from a range of approaches that have delivered success and achieved extraordinary performance of their pupils.

Photograph Caption:

John Dunford OBE (left) presenting London Schools’ Gold Award to Mark Pritchard (right), Assistant Principal, Ark Burlington Danes Academy, at an Awards Ceremony at City Hall on Friday 25th September 2015