Welcome from the Principal
A welcome letter from the school Principal..
Stationers' Crown Woods Academy opened in September 2014 when Crown Woods College became a "converter" academy and joined the Leigh Academies Trust. The Academy is the latest incarnation of a school that first opened in 1958 as a "flagship" London comprehensive. Over the years the old school building became jaded and not fit for purpose so it was decided to build a new one. My task was to propose a scheme that was both radical and innovative and would have a significant impact on standards. The Crown Woods College was built and opened for pupils in May 2011. The College was a radical departure from the traditional concept of a school and was based on the principles of "human scale education"; instead of having one large school we built a campus which included four small "home" schools each designed for 450 pupils or students. The new College was conceived by educationalist and designed by architects and because educationalists had the upper hand it is fit for purpose and highly effective. The design and structure had an immediate impact on standards; behaviour and outcomes improved significantly and the College became heavily oversubscribed. We built what parents wanted. Since 2012 we have gone from strength to strength and now attract some 1300 applications for 270 places reflecting parental confidence in what we do.
In 2013 we were given the opportunity to convert to academy status, join the Leigh Academies Trust and become a Stationers' school. The Stationers' Company are a major City of London Livery Company based in a beautiful 17th Century Hall just around the corner from St. Paul's. The Company support the interests of the print, newspaper, paper, packaging and publishing industries. They have a tradition of educational support and up until the 1980's sponsored the Stationers' School in Haringey. When the Stationers' proposed to sponsor Crown Woods College and invest in developing a specialist digital technology curriculum it was an offer we couldn't refuse.
Stationers' Crown Woods Academy came into being in September 2014. We are now in the process of integrating the latest digital technology into our curriculum and developing a multimedia centre to both enhance opportunities for all our pupils and to develop the skills necessary in those young people who wish to take up careers in the Stationer's industries.
Our objective is to be a flagship Academy where every pupil and student not only achieves their full potential but also feel an integral part of the organisation. An Academy where no child feels lost and no child is left behind. An Academy where the bonds between parent, teacher and child are so secure that failure is not an option. The unique community that we have built ensures that young people achieve their ambition in a caring environment where they are the centre of all that we do.
M J Murphy