7 November 2018

Every family knows that applying to secondary school is an exciting experience and also a nervous one. It’s a sobering thought that the school you choose for your 10 or 11-year-old will be educating them until they are a 16 or 18-year-old, an adult. School leaders feel much the same way about the whole process. We want to persuade families to trust their children to our care, and we hope that enough of them will choose our school. We feel an awesome sense of responsibility that families do put their trust in us. All these feelings are magnified when you’re starting a brand-new school. The team behind Borough Academy have all been through the admissions process many times, but we all felt more excited, more nervous and more determined this time around.

 

For years there has been compelling data showing that a new secondary school is needed in Borough, because there was a shortage of places. We’ve met many local parents at the consultation events we’ve held since we first proposed Borough Academy, and we’ve always had a really positive reception. All the signs were good. But we knew that in asking parents to put their trust in us we were asking them to make a bit of a leap of faith. However persuasively we talked about our plans for the school, we could not show them our school. So, would enough parents actually apply? And if we couldn’t fill all 180 places, what then?

 

Thankfully we don’t have to answer that last question. We’re absolutely delighted that over 500 families have applied for places for their children at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Borough Academy. This means the school will be full and it makes Borough Academy one of the most popular free schools opening in 2019. It’s fantastic to get such a vote of confidence from the local community. Of course with only 180 places at Borough, we won’t be able to give a place to everyone who has applied, but the fact that Borough Academy is opening means there will no longer be a shortage of places in secondary schools in the north of Southwark, so next year, for the first time, every child should be able to get a place at a local secondary school.

 

National school offer day isn’t until March, so we won’t know until then which families will be taking the 180 places at Borough Academy. In the meantime we will be keeping in regular contact with all the families who have applied for a place, so they know how our plans for the school are progressing and get to know our growing team. To start with this will be through news articles on this web site or by email. In the new year we will be organising some events for children and their families. Watch this space for more information.

 

The Borough Academy Team

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