In a few weeks time the wait will finally be over for thousands of teenagers across the country to see if their hard work has paid off on GCSE and A Level results day. One school that results day will be extra special for is Lambeth Academy, who will be celebrating the graduation of its first ever pupils.
There was some controversy prior to the opening of the school in 2004, with neighbours in Elms Road objecting and saying that they didn’t want a comprehensive school on their doorstep. But parents pushed back and campaigned for the school to be opened, saying that there were not enough places for pupils in the area, with an excess of 300 pupils having to go outside the borough.
Seven years on and the school, run by educational charity The United Learning Trust, is going from strength to strength. Of its first pupils to take GCSEs in 2009, half of them achieved five about grade C and last years Ofsted report commented that it was making an “outstanding contribution to the promotion of community cohesion”. Two weeks ago, 120 of the first ever students came together to celebrate the academy’s success and ‘coming of age’. A YouTube video has been made by staff and pupils at the academy sharing their experiences, memories and opinions and can be viewed here. Good luck to all those getting their exam results in August!