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Pioneering new language school proposed for Tower Hamlets

The Green Spring Educational Trust, the Trust responsible for Bethnal Green Academy, which is graded ‘Outstanding’ in all categories, is delighted to announce plans to open a pioneering, brand-new school in the E14 postcode area of Tower Hamlets. Its provisional opening date is September 2016.

The London International New School will be London’s first 4-19 state school specialising in languages and bilingual education. The school’s mission is to prepare young people to contribute to a global society and to compete in the global workplace. A challenging curriculum and extensive internationally-focused enrichment program will equip students with outstanding academic results and international understanding and respect. The school will develop London’s young people into fulfilled, accomplished individuals who are prepared for higher and further education and the global workplace.

The school will help address the rapidly rising demand for new school places in the area. As identified by Tower Hamlets Council, over the next ten years, the proposed area for the school will see an increase of up to 80% in school-aged children for both the Primary and Secondary phase.

All students will end the primary phase fluent and literate in both Spanish and English thanks to an immersiveSpanishcurriculumwhichbeginsinReception. Asstudieshaveshown,beingactively bilingual can increase the brain’s efficiency at relaying information. The importance of learning Spanish in particular has been highlighted by the British Council who, in 2012 indicated that Spanish is the ‘most important’ language for the UK’s future. In the secondary phase, the curriculum will continue to build language proficiency by offering a wide range of further languages, including Mandarin Chinese, German, Arabic, Bengali and Latin.

The sponsor, Green Spring Educational Trust, has a proven track record for excellence in education, having developed Bethnal Green Academy into one of the most outstanding schools in London. In 2014 the school was in the top 1% for English, Maths and Science. The Trust plans to build on this success with the London International New School, granting children exceptional educational guidance while providing a wealth of opportunities for personal development and employability in an increasingly global world.

Mark Keary, CEO of the Trust, commented:

“The London International New School will be a pioneering new school both locally and nationally. In today’s globalworld,thebenefitsoflearningaforeignlanguagecannotbeunderestimated. Thereisalsoa significant need for new school places in London, so the school will provide an excellent new option for local parents and their children. Combined with the vision, ethos and approaches which have made Bethnal Green Academy so successful, we foresee an extremely promising future for the new school.”

The Trust will be holding two information events, on Saturday 31 January 2015 and Saturday 7 February 2015, where visitors can learn more about the plans for the school and its language- based curriculum, as well as ask any questions they may have. Interactive activities showcasing the curriculum to children will also be on offer. Parents with children due to start in Reception or Year 7 in September 2016 can show their support for the school plans by registering their interest online, by visiting www.bgset.org.uk/newschool.

For further information please contact:

Julie Cordice
Director of Marketing, Communications & External Affairs

Notes to Editors

Tel: 020 7920 7933
Email: jcordice@bgset.org.uk

  • The Green Spring Educational Trust is a charitable trust formed by senior leaders at the highly successful Bethnal Green Academy. Having established a remarkable trend of consistent improvement and high achievement at the academy, the leaders of the Trust now aim to assist other schools in reaching similar exceptional standards, through promoting the ethos, vision and best practices which have made Bethnal Green Academy so successful.
  • Bethnal Green Academy is an 11-19 academy in the Tower Hamlets area of east London. Under the current leadership, the academy has demonstrated remarkable improvements in achievement, culminating in 80% of students gaining five or more A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths in 2014, and Ofsted rating the academy ‘Outstanding’ in all categories in 2012. In the form of the Green Spring Educational Trust, the leadership team at Bethnal Green Academy aim to help other schools reach similar exceptional standards.

New School

newschool

Green Spring New School

5th February 2015

Following the announcement by the Department for Education (DfE) today, Green Spring Education Trust has been given the green light to open Green Spring New School, a fully inclusive 11-19, state-funded secondary school with a focus on academic excellence, cultural enrichment and social action. Our approach will develop well rounded individuals who are empowered with the academic achievement, values and skills, to make a positive impact in their communities and enjoy a successful future.

The Trust will be working closely with the Department for Education to identify the site in East or North East London and to finalise the date of opening; the Trust’s preferred date is September 2017.

The Trust will work in partnership with Bethnal Green Academy; a top performing, award winning secondary school in E2 with an Ofsted rating of Outstanding in all categories. The academy has a track record of remarkable student achievement and leadership standards, with 2015 seeing 90% of students achieve 5+ GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths – click here to visit the website.

Our vision

Our vision is to support your child’s development as a well rounded individual who is empowered, not only to achieve outstanding academic success, but also to become an independent thinker who makes a positive impact in their community.


Ethos and values

WEBpainting

Ethos and values

Success for all

  • We have high expectations and will offer personalised learning to ensure that every student aims high and the school is in the top 1% for progress nationally.
  • Every student will flourish in a safe, caring and supportive learning environment.

Broad, balanced and rigorous curriculum

  • The curriculum will include a wide range of subjects taught in depth to broaden students’ minds, horizons and imagination.
  • We will also offer the opportunity to study two Languages, including Latin.
  • The study of Philosophy and Ethics will develop students’ critical thinking skills.
  • The ability, attainment and progress of your child will be tracked and monitored ensuring you have regular, quality reports.

Advancement and progression

  • Curriculum planning will ensure all students are well prepared and confident for transition at the end of each Key Stage.
  • Our committed teachers will be supported to deliver the highest quality learning experience for your child through an extensive and accredited professional development programme.

Untapping your child’s potential

  • A wealth of opportunities for all students to explore their talents and skills through outstanding enrichment projects and initiatives.
  • Our unique ‘Saturday Arts and Sports Programme’ will enable our students to pursue and develop a passion for creative arts and sports.
  • A pioneering ‘Global Citizenship Programme’ to develop students’ knowledge about the wider world and prepare them with the skills they need to make a positive impact on their community. This will encompass a range of activities including current affairs, oracy and debating, and student-led social action projects.

Preparing students for the wider world

  • Our exceptional teaching and unique enrichment proposition will ensure your child will leave our school with an outstanding academic record and the values, skills and attributes needed to achieve their full potential and be successful global citizens.

Admissions

Admissions

Our state-funded school will offer an outstanding education, accessible to all secondary aged children (11-19) in the local community.

We will offer a minimum of four forms of entry with 120 children in each year group.

We will adopt the same policy and arrangements for admission to the Green Spring New School as other community schools in the area.



BGA students

Register your interest

To register your interest in sending your children to this exciting new school, please complete the online survey. All personal details provided will be treated confidentially.

Signing this form does not commit you to anything, only that you agree with the ethos of our proposed school and that you would like it to receive Department for Education support.

If you provide us with your email address, we will keep you updated with the latest news of our free school application.


Accessibility

Using our Website

We have tried to design our website to make it as accessible as possible whilst remaining visually interesting and easy to use

Images and alt tags

We try to avoided using excessive graphics within the website where possible in an effort to maximize quick download times and access to information which cannot be read if in image format.

Where images are used we have added ‘Alt’ tags – text alternatives so that you will still know what the image is meant to convey even if it doesn’t load or if you have chosen to browse with the images switched off or you are using an assistive technology like a screen reader to browse the web page rather than view.

Resizable text

We have been careful to make sure that we haven’t fixed the size of the textual information on the website so that visitors who wish to can alter the font size on the screen to make it easier to read.

There are a number of ways to change the text size in your browser, the easiest way is to follow the following steps:

Internet Explorer

  • Select the ‘View’ menu
  • Select the ‘Text Size’ option from the menu
  • Click on the text size you want to view

Chrome

  • Hold down the ctrl key and press the + key

Firefox

  • Select the ‘View’ menu
  • Select Zoom
  • Click on Zoom text only and then hold down the ctrl key and press the + key

It is also possible to increase or decrease the size of the text by holding down the ctrl key whilst using the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Coding standards and Double-A conformance

This website is built using code compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices.

The site displays with current browsers, and using standard code should mean that any future browsers will also display this website correctly.

We are continuously improving this website to ensure that pages conform to the Single-AA level of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

The Accessibility Guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these Guidelines helps to make the web more accessible to users with disabilities and benefits all users.

There may be a few pages and some third party and external applications that do not conform to all the guidelines. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the whole site conforms, with many web contributors and third party suppliers, this is an ongoing process.

Accreditations

Accreditations

As part of ensuring students receive the most enriching educational experience possible, the Trust and Green Spring Academy Shoreditch (formerly Bethnal Green Academy) have worked hard to acquire a range of specialist accreditations to demonstrate our expertise in a variety of areas.

Artsmark

Artsmark is a programme which aims to help schools celebrate and strengthen their arts and culture provision, delivered by Trinity College London and endorsed by Arts Council England. As a multicultural environment, pursuing this accreditation was considered to be ideal for GSAS, allowing the academy to best celebrate its diversity and vibrancy. By joining Artsmark, the academy has access to valuable specialist advice, allowing staff to build even further on the already excellent arts and culture provision and help better develop the talents of students.

The Mayor’s London Schools Gold Club

Green Spring Academy Shoreditch is delighted to be a part of the Mayor’s London Schools Gold Club. This annual scheme celebrates and shares best practice between schools, with membership being awarded to those which demonstrate excellent attainment and achievement.

Teach First

The Trust and Green Spring Academy Shoreditch are proud partners of Teach First. The academy has a track record of employing young, passionate teachers through the programme, many of whom have progressed into middle and senior leadership roles in a short space of time. We are committed to the continued development and training of talented staff through the programme, and have seen a hugely positive impact on student achievement through this approach. The quality of GSAS’s support and collaboration with Teach First can be seen in the case study Against the Odds – Five lessons in how to achieve the impossible: the story of Teach First

Professional Development Quality Mark

The Trust and Green Spring Academy Shoreditch are passionate about the development of all staff and the positive effect this has on student achievement, and pursue the Professional Development Quality Mark for this purpose. Being part of this programme allows leaders at the Trust and GSAS to assess how well they are promoting the professional development of staff, as well as devising ways of improving the provision even further. The Quality Mark helps to ensure that all staff are on a clear path of progression, and that the well-being of students remains central to their mindset.

Inclusion Quality Mark

In July 2017, Green Spring Academy Shoreditch was once again awarded the prestigious Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM).  The IQM was established in October 2004 with the objective of supporting schools to become truly inclusive. It recognises and celebrates the inclusion work going on in schools, on both a local and national scale.  It has the largest team of assessors and advisors in the UK examining how schools meet the ever changing needs of a diverse community in delivering an inclusive education.

We are proud to be a truly inclusive academy that provides outstanding and personalised support for our most vulnerable students.  The retaining of our IQM status underscores our commitment in this area.

The assessor commented: “The Acting Head of School and her team are highly visible and approachable colleagues, passionate about further developing the inclusive environment of the school and determined to secure appropriate programmes and interventions to meet the needs of all students.”

Pupil Premium Awards

In March 2015, the academy secured a £100,000 prize at the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards, after being named as the London finalist in the Key Stage 4 category. The accolade was awarded in recognition of the exceptional outcomes GSAS continues to provide for its students, and the outstanding progress they make between Years 7 and 11.

“This is an extraordinary achievement. The judges, Sir John Dunford, Sir William Atkinson and Jane Lees tell me that your school excels in educating disadvantaged pupils and improving their outcomes. It is clear that you, your staff and governors are equipping your pupils with the skills for future success.”

David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools

International School Awards

The British Council has continued to be impressed by Green Spring Academy Shoreditch’s commitment and understanding of international education, resulting in further accreditation from the International School Awards. This initiative encourages schools to build partnerships with other schools across the world, allowing students to experience a range of cultures through shared projects and visits. The academy has a number of international partner schools, in countries such as France, Germany and Finland and is proud to have received such an honourable award.

The Prince’s Teaching Institute Leadership Mark

The PTI’s Schools Leadership Programme aims to encourage schools to consider whole-school approaches to leadership, staffing and the curriculum. For a second year, Green Spring Academy Shoreditch has achieved the Leadership Mark through an action-based research project, focusing on arts, culture, sports and social action. As part of this project, students have been involved in a series of workshops, fundraising events and volunteering activities, allowing them to develop a range of skills and take part in challenging opportunities.

State Street hold an eye-opening workshop for Sixth Form Business students

5 January 2015

On 11 December, Year 12 Business BTEC students had a special visit from Russell Richardson, Project Manager at State Street bank, for a workshop designed to develop their confidence and presentational skills. The event marked the latest in our blossoming partnership with the East London Business Alliance and its Beyond Boundary project, which aims to enhance the opportunities available to young people at BGA and in the local area.

The workshop involved Mr Richardson showing students effective techniques in preparing and delivering presentations confidently and effectively, in both an interview and employment situation. The session also included advice on how potential employers may view a candidate’s social media profile as part of the recruitment process, which proved to be a hugely informative experience for many of the students.

The students were visibly enthused by the session, speaking positively of the ways it helped them develop, and expressing a desire to put their new skills into practice at a future session. Mr Richardson was also impressed by the students and the academy in general:

“I find your approach to delivering the best possible education to students at BGA extremely inspiring and the way that you work with us and others to source materials and experiences that would ordinarily not be available to the students can only benefit them in the long term.”

Well done to all the students who took part, and we look forward to providing further enriching experiences to all of our students in the coming weeks and months.

BGA students turn politicians at Model United Nations

5 January 2015

Outside No10

On Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 December, BGA students from Years 11 and 12 took part in the Model United Nations Conference at the International Maritime Organisation in London. Joining groups from schools from across the globe, the conference represented a stern test of the students’ listening, debating and reasoning skills, as well as a chance to interact with students from abroad.

In the weeks leading up to the conference, students in each group were given a topic to prepare for the conference, giving them the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into international issues and come up with their own proposed solutions at the conference, as well as learn more about the formal procedures for debate and discussion at the UN. Our students delivered a series of articulate speeches on their assigned topic, remaining heavily engaged in the debates throughout the two days, while making many new friends along the way.

Two of our students also received a Distinguished Delegate award, an exclusive accolade awarded to those who show exemplary diplomacy, knowledge and collaboration in drafting the resolution. All the students who took part left with renewed awareness and enthusiasm for international relations, with many now eager to pursue further leadership opportunities through these conferences. Well done to all involved!

Who we are

Who we are

At The Green Spring Education Trust, we believe that every young person should receive the same opportunities and quality of education, regardless of their natural ability or where they come from. Our Trust was formed for this very reason: to enable our partners to deliver the best possible educational outcomes for their young people and the communities they serve through sharing expertise and promoting outstanding practices. Our aim is to continue to develop a flourishing partnership of inclusive, high-achieving schools, ensuring that we build on delivering the best educational practice locally, nationally and globally.

Over the coming months and years, we look forward to expanding our network of partner schools and academies, bringing expertise and outstanding practice to an ever wider range of aspiring young people.

“You have created a truly impressive school that is clearly committed to securing the highest standards for all. The transformation you have brought about is remarkable and reflects your relentless determination to pursue excellence in every aspect of the academy’s work.” – Andy Yarrow, Regional Academies Director (London and South East), Oasis Community Learning, following a visit to Bethnal Green Academy

Contact Details

Contact Details

GREEN SPRING
EDUCATION TRUST

Gosset Street
London
E2 6NW

Tel: 020 7920 7900

Email: info@greenspringeducationtrust.org.uk

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Pioneering new language school proposed for Tower Hamlets

The Green Spring Educational Trust, the Trust responsible for Bethnal Green Academy, which is graded ‘Outstanding’ in all categories, is delighted to announce plans to open a pioneering, brand-new school in the E14 postcode area of Tower Hamlets. Its provisional opening date is September 2016.

The London International New School will be London’s first 4-19 state school specialising in languages and bilingual education. The school’s mission is to prepare young people to contribute to a global society and to compete in the global workplace. A challenging curriculum and extensive internationally-focused enrichment program will equip students with outstanding academic results and international understanding and respect. The school will develop London’s young people into fulfilled, accomplished individuals who are prepared for higher and further education and the global workplace.

The school will help address the rapidly rising demand for new school places in the area. As identified by Tower Hamlets Council, over the next ten years, the proposed area for the school will see an increase of up to 80% in school-aged children for both the Primary and Secondary phase.

All students will end the primary phase fluent and literate in both Spanish and English thanks to an immersiveSpanishcurriculumwhichbeginsinReception. Asstudieshaveshown,beingactively bilingual can increase the brain’s efficiency at relaying information. The importance of learning Spanish in particular has been highlighted by the British Council who, in 2012 indicated that Spanish is the ‘most important’ language for the UK’s future. In the secondary phase, the curriculum will continue to build language proficiency by offering a wide range of further languages, including Mandarin Chinese, German, Arabic, Bengali and Latin.

The sponsor, Green Spring Educational Trust, has a proven track record for excellence in education, having developed Bethnal Green Academy into one of the most outstanding schools in London. In 2014 the school was in the top 1% for English, Maths and Science. The Trust plans to build on this success with the London International New School, granting children exceptional educational guidance while providing a wealth of opportunities for personal development and employability in an increasingly global world.

Mark Keary, CEO of the Trust, commented:

“The London International New School will be a pioneering new school both locally and nationally. In today’s globalworld,thebenefitsoflearningaforeignlanguagecannotbeunderestimated. Thereisalsoa significant need for new school places in London, so the school will provide an excellent new option for local parents and their children. Combined with the vision, ethos and approaches which have made Bethnal Green Academy so successful, we foresee an extremely promising future for the new school.”

The Trust will be holding two information events, on Saturday 31 January 2015 and Saturday 7 February 2015, where visitors can learn more about the plans for the school and its language- based curriculum, as well as ask any questions they may have. Interactive activities showcasing the curriculum to children will also be on offer. Parents with children due to start in Reception or Year 7 in September 2016 can show their support for the school plans by registering their interest online, by visiting www.bgset.org.uk/newschool.

For further information please contact:

Julie Cordice
Director of Marketing, Communications & External Affairs

Notes to Editors

Tel: 020 7920 7933
Email: jcordice@bgset.org.uk

  • The Green Spring Educational Trust is a charitable trust formed by senior leaders at the highly successful Bethnal Green Academy. Having established a remarkable trend of consistent improvement and high achievement at the academy, the leaders of the Trust now aim to assist other schools in reaching similar exceptional standards, through promoting the ethos, vision and best practices which have made Bethnal Green Academy so successful.
  • Bethnal Green Academy is an 11-19 academy in the Tower Hamlets area of east London. Under the current leadership, the academy has demonstrated remarkable improvements in achievement, culminating in 80% of students gaining five or more A*-C GCSE grades including English and Maths in 2014, and Ofsted rating the academy ‘Outstanding’ in all categories in 2012. In the form of the Green Spring Educational Trust, the leadership team at Bethnal Green Academy aim to help other schools reach similar exceptional standards.

New School

newschool

Green Spring New School

5th February 2015

Following the announcement by the Department for Education (DfE) today, Green Spring Education Trust has been given the green light to open Green Spring New School, a fully inclusive 11-19, state-funded secondary school with a focus on academic excellence, cultural enrichment and social action. Our approach will develop well rounded individuals who are empowered with the academic achievement, values and skills, to make a positive impact in their communities and enjoy a successful future.

The Trust will be working closely with the Department for Education to identify the site in East or North East London and to finalise the date of opening; the Trust’s preferred date is September 2017.

The Trust will work in partnership with Bethnal Green Academy; a top performing, award winning secondary school in E2 with an Ofsted rating of Outstanding in all categories. The academy has a track record of remarkable student achievement and leadership standards, with 2015 seeing 90% of students achieve 5+ GCSEs at A* to C, including English and maths – click here to visit the website.

Our vision

Our vision is to support your child’s development as a well rounded individual who is empowered, not only to achieve outstanding academic success, but also to become an independent thinker who makes a positive impact in their community.


Ethos and values

WEBpainting

Ethos and values

Success for all

  • We have high expectations and will offer personalised learning to ensure that every student aims high and the school is in the top 1% for progress nationally.
  • Every student will flourish in a safe, caring and supportive learning environment.

Broad, balanced and rigorous curriculum

  • The curriculum will include a wide range of subjects taught in depth to broaden students’ minds, horizons and imagination.
  • We will also offer the opportunity to study two Languages, including Latin.
  • The study of Philosophy and Ethics will develop students’ critical thinking skills.
  • The ability, attainment and progress of your child will be tracked and monitored ensuring you have regular, quality reports.

Advancement and progression

  • Curriculum planning will ensure all students are well prepared and confident for transition at the end of each Key Stage.
  • Our committed teachers will be supported to deliver the highest quality learning experience for your child through an extensive and accredited professional development programme.

Untapping your child’s potential

  • A wealth of opportunities for all students to explore their talents and skills through outstanding enrichment projects and initiatives.
  • Our unique ‘Saturday Arts and Sports Programme’ will enable our students to pursue and develop a passion for creative arts and sports.
  • A pioneering ‘Global Citizenship Programme’ to develop students’ knowledge about the wider world and prepare them with the skills they need to make a positive impact on their community. This will encompass a range of activities including current affairs, oracy and debating, and student-led social action projects.

Preparing students for the wider world

  • Our exceptional teaching and unique enrichment proposition will ensure your child will leave our school with an outstanding academic record and the values, skills and attributes needed to achieve their full potential and be successful global citizens.

Admissions

Admissions

Our state-funded school will offer an outstanding education, accessible to all secondary aged children (11-19) in the local community.

We will offer a minimum of four forms of entry with 120 children in each year group.

We will adopt the same policy and arrangements for admission to the Green Spring New School as other community schools in the area.



BGA students

Register your interest

To register your interest in sending your children to this exciting new school, please complete the online survey. All personal details provided will be treated confidentially.

Signing this form does not commit you to anything, only that you agree with the ethos of our proposed school and that you would like it to receive Department for Education support.

If you provide us with your email address, we will keep you updated with the latest news of our free school application.


Accessibility

Using our Website

We have tried to design our website to make it as accessible as possible whilst remaining visually interesting and easy to use

Images and alt tags

We try to avoided using excessive graphics within the website where possible in an effort to maximize quick download times and access to information which cannot be read if in image format.

Where images are used we have added ‘Alt’ tags – text alternatives so that you will still know what the image is meant to convey even if it doesn’t load or if you have chosen to browse with the images switched off or you are using an assistive technology like a screen reader to browse the web page rather than view.

Resizable text

We have been careful to make sure that we haven’t fixed the size of the textual information on the website so that visitors who wish to can alter the font size on the screen to make it easier to read.

There are a number of ways to change the text size in your browser, the easiest way is to follow the following steps:

Internet Explorer

  • Select the ‘View’ menu
  • Select the ‘Text Size’ option from the menu
  • Click on the text size you want to view

Chrome

  • Hold down the ctrl key and press the + key

Firefox

  • Select the ‘View’ menu
  • Select Zoom
  • Click on Zoom text only and then hold down the ctrl key and press the + key

It is also possible to increase or decrease the size of the text by holding down the ctrl key whilst using the scroll wheel on the mouse.

Coding standards and Double-A conformance

This website is built using code compliant with World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) standards for XHTML and Cascading Style Sheets. W3C is the governing authority on web development standards and practices.

The site displays with current browsers, and using standard code should mean that any future browsers will also display this website correctly.

We are continuously improving this website to ensure that pages conform to the Single-AA level of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0.

The Accessibility Guidelines explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities. Conformance to these Guidelines helps to make the web more accessible to users with disabilities and benefits all users.

There may be a few pages and some third party and external applications that do not conform to all the guidelines. Whilst every effort is made to ensure the whole site conforms, with many web contributors and third party suppliers, this is an ongoing process.

Accreditations

Accreditations

As part of ensuring students receive the most enriching educational experience possible, the Trust and Green Spring Academy Shoreditch (formerly Bethnal Green Academy) have worked hard to acquire a range of specialist accreditations to demonstrate our expertise in a variety of areas.

Artsmark

Artsmark is a programme which aims to help schools celebrate and strengthen their arts and culture provision, delivered by Trinity College London and endorsed by Arts Council England. As a multicultural environment, pursuing this accreditation was considered to be ideal for GSAS, allowing the academy to best celebrate its diversity and vibrancy. By joining Artsmark, the academy has access to valuable specialist advice, allowing staff to build even further on the already excellent arts and culture provision and help better develop the talents of students.

The Mayor’s London Schools Gold Club

Green Spring Academy Shoreditch is delighted to be a part of the Mayor’s London Schools Gold Club. This annual scheme celebrates and shares best practice between schools, with membership being awarded to those which demonstrate excellent attainment and achievement.

Teach First

The Trust and Green Spring Academy Shoreditch are proud partners of Teach First. The academy has a track record of employing young, passionate teachers through the programme, many of whom have progressed into middle and senior leadership roles in a short space of time. We are committed to the continued development and training of talented staff through the programme, and have seen a hugely positive impact on student achievement through this approach. The quality of GSAS’s support and collaboration with Teach First can be seen in the case study Against the Odds – Five lessons in how to achieve the impossible: the story of Teach First

Professional Development Quality Mark

The Trust and Green Spring Academy Shoreditch are passionate about the development of all staff and the positive effect this has on student achievement, and pursue the Professional Development Quality Mark for this purpose. Being part of this programme allows leaders at the Trust and GSAS to assess how well they are promoting the professional development of staff, as well as devising ways of improving the provision even further. The Quality Mark helps to ensure that all staff are on a clear path of progression, and that the well-being of students remains central to their mindset.

Inclusion Quality Mark

In July 2017, Green Spring Academy Shoreditch was once again awarded the prestigious Inclusion Quality Mark (IQM).  The IQM was established in October 2004 with the objective of supporting schools to become truly inclusive. It recognises and celebrates the inclusion work going on in schools, on both a local and national scale.  It has the largest team of assessors and advisors in the UK examining how schools meet the ever changing needs of a diverse community in delivering an inclusive education.

We are proud to be a truly inclusive academy that provides outstanding and personalised support for our most vulnerable students.  The retaining of our IQM status underscores our commitment in this area.

The assessor commented: “The Acting Head of School and her team are highly visible and approachable colleagues, passionate about further developing the inclusive environment of the school and determined to secure appropriate programmes and interventions to meet the needs of all students.”

Pupil Premium Awards

In March 2015, the academy secured a £100,000 prize at the 2015 Pupil Premium Awards, after being named as the London finalist in the Key Stage 4 category. The accolade was awarded in recognition of the exceptional outcomes GSAS continues to provide for its students, and the outstanding progress they make between Years 7 and 11.

“This is an extraordinary achievement. The judges, Sir John Dunford, Sir William Atkinson and Jane Lees tell me that your school excels in educating disadvantaged pupils and improving their outcomes. It is clear that you, your staff and governors are equipping your pupils with the skills for future success.”

David Laws MP, Minister of State for Schools

International School Awards

The British Council has continued to be impressed by Green Spring Academy Shoreditch’s commitment and understanding of international education, resulting in further accreditation from the International School Awards. This initiative encourages schools to build partnerships with other schools across the world, allowing students to experience a range of cultures through shared projects and visits. The academy has a number of international partner schools, in countries such as France, Germany and Finland and is proud to have received such an honourable award.

The Prince’s Teaching Institute Leadership Mark

The PTI’s Schools Leadership Programme aims to encourage schools to consider whole-school approaches to leadership, staffing and the curriculum. For a second year, Green Spring Academy Shoreditch has achieved the Leadership Mark through an action-based research project, focusing on arts, culture, sports and social action. As part of this project, students have been involved in a series of workshops, fundraising events and volunteering activities, allowing them to develop a range of skills and take part in challenging opportunities.

State Street hold an eye-opening workshop for Sixth Form Business students

5 January 2015

On 11 December, Year 12 Business BTEC students had a special visit from Russell Richardson, Project Manager at State Street bank, for a workshop designed to develop their confidence and presentational skills. The event marked the latest in our blossoming partnership with the East London Business Alliance and its Beyond Boundary project, which aims to enhance the opportunities available to young people at BGA and in the local area.

The workshop involved Mr Richardson showing students effective techniques in preparing and delivering presentations confidently and effectively, in both an interview and employment situation. The session also included advice on how potential employers may view a candidate’s social media profile as part of the recruitment process, which proved to be a hugely informative experience for many of the students.

The students were visibly enthused by the session, speaking positively of the ways it helped them develop, and expressing a desire to put their new skills into practice at a future session. Mr Richardson was also impressed by the students and the academy in general:

“I find your approach to delivering the best possible education to students at BGA extremely inspiring and the way that you work with us and others to source materials and experiences that would ordinarily not be available to the students can only benefit them in the long term.”

Well done to all the students who took part, and we look forward to providing further enriching experiences to all of our students in the coming weeks and months.

BGA students turn politicians at Model United Nations

5 January 2015

Outside No10

On Tuesday 9 and Wednesday 10 December, BGA students from Years 11 and 12 took part in the Model United Nations Conference at the International Maritime Organisation in London. Joining groups from schools from across the globe, the conference represented a stern test of the students’ listening, debating and reasoning skills, as well as a chance to interact with students from abroad.

In the weeks leading up to the conference, students in each group were given a topic to prepare for the conference, giving them the opportunity to conduct in-depth research into international issues and come up with their own proposed solutions at the conference, as well as learn more about the formal procedures for debate and discussion at the UN. Our students delivered a series of articulate speeches on their assigned topic, remaining heavily engaged in the debates throughout the two days, while making many new friends along the way.

Two of our students also received a Distinguished Delegate award, an exclusive accolade awarded to those who show exemplary diplomacy, knowledge and collaboration in drafting the resolution. All the students who took part left with renewed awareness and enthusiasm for international relations, with many now eager to pursue further leadership opportunities through these conferences. Well done to all involved!

Who we are

Who we are

At The Green Spring Education Trust, we believe that every young person should receive the same opportunities and quality of education, regardless of their natural ability or where they come from. Our Trust was formed for this very reason: to enable our partners to deliver the best possible educational outcomes for their young people and the communities they serve through sharing expertise and promoting outstanding practices. Our aim is to continue to develop a flourishing partnership of inclusive, high-achieving schools, ensuring that we build on delivering the best educational practice locally, nationally and globally.

Over the coming months and years, we look forward to expanding our network of partner schools and academies, bringing expertise and outstanding practice to an ever wider range of aspiring young people.

“You have created a truly impressive school that is clearly committed to securing the highest standards for all. The transformation you have brought about is remarkable and reflects your relentless determination to pursue excellence in every aspect of the academy’s work.” – Andy Yarrow, Regional Academies Director (London and South East), Oasis Community Learning, following a visit to Bethnal Green Academy

Contact Details

Contact Details

GREEN SPRING
EDUCATION TRUST

Gosset Street
London
E2 6NW

Tel: 020 7920 7900

Email: info@greenspringeducationtrust.org.uk