Secondary School Entrance Changes

From Monday 14th January our entrance on Wood Lane will be open to students only until 8:55am. Students will also leave via this entrance as usual at the end of the school day. Any students arriving after 8.55am will have to enter via the Du Cane Road entrance and register at the all-through reception, which is located in the Primary. They will then be escorted to their lessons.  

All visitors, parents and guests will arrive and leave via the Du Cane Raod entrance, at all times and also check in to the all-through reception.

The all-through reception is reached by following the pavement around to the left and entering the primary building. 


Last term, twelve of our year 8 students were invited to Hammersmith Academy to take part in The Institute of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Faraday Challenge, sponsored by The Jack Petchey Foundation. IET have been working for many years to encourage young people to engage in Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives and to consider engineering as a possible career.

The Faraday challenge is a cross-curricular activity day run over several months and involves over 320 schools across the UK. The challenge gives students an opportunity to research, design and make solutions to genuinely tough engineering problems. As part of the challenge our students were asked to design a brand new attraction for Thorpe Park. They were given a brief, presented by the head engineer for the park and they were shown where the attraction will be built within the parks 490 acres. The 5 top winning teams from each activity day will take part in a national tournament hosted by Thorpe Park.

Our students were split into two teams and took on the role of engineers for the day.  They were given various activities to undertake, which closely resembled the real life process engineers undertake when designing a new attraction. Using their Faraday money, students had to purchase materials and build a model prototype of their attraction. They started from the initial planning stages all the way through to the design phrase and at the end of the day each team presented their ideas, along with their models to the IET Faraday Challenge representative. Our students develop the idea for the world’s first underwater roller coaster and giant bungee zip wire attraction. The students thoroughly enjoyed the entire day and all agreed that The Faraday Challenge has sparked their interest in engineering as a possible career.

Students involved:  Yaseen Ahmed, Sian Baptiste, Zosar El Jack Ali, Zeinab El-Soudi, Joshua Kassie, Omar Omar, Nashwan Rawn, Ashleen Kaur Shina, Sneha Sidha, John Lloyd Territorio, Somera Vaiksnoraite and Nadira Sulub.