Crest Girls' Academy

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The Crest Academies
Motto Excellence in Education for All
Established 2014 (2014)
Type Academy
Religion Non-denominational
Executive Principal Mr Phil Hearne
Principal Director of Academies (Teaching & Learning) Ms Fiona Deegan
Principal Director of Sixth Form Ms Michelle Hill
Principal Director of Inclusion Ms Wendy Birch
Chair of Governors Mr John T. Hall
Location Crest Road
Greater London
England Coordinates: 51°33′48″N 0°14′31″W / 51.5634°N 0.2419°W / 51.5634; -0.2419
Capacity 2100
Students 1410
Gender Girls & Boys (Single Sex Teaching)
Ages 11–19
Houses Clare, Queens, Kings, Trinity, Girton (girls), Pythagoras, Galellio, Armadeus, Newton (boys)
Colours Purple, Black and White (Girls) and Royal Blue, Black and White(Boys)
Website School homepage

The Crest Academies, opened in September 2014 replacing The Crest Girls' Academy and The Crest Boys Academy. The Crest Academies provides educational provision for the local communities of Neasden, Dollis Hill and Cricklewood. It is a secondary school with academy status located in Neasden, Brent, North West London. The school is a unique educational establishment within the Brent area, offering single sex teaching for Boys and Girls from 11-16 and a mixed sixth form.

The Crest Academies are sponsored by E-ACT. The Academy specializes in Social Enterprise (2014), Technology (1998) and is a designated training school working closely with PGCE providers, Teach First and Schools Direct.

The Academies are led by Executive Principal, Mr Phil Hearne, who has a track record of securing rapid school improvement in challenging circumstances. The Crest Academies predecessor schools were judged as having serious weakness claiming they offered an inadequate standard of education. Following intensive support by E-ACT and a restructure with both new teaching and leadership appointments to drive forward standards, Ofsted praised the schools for making good progress towards raising standards. The Crest Academies are due to be re-inspected as a new school in 2015 and are on track to secure a Good judgment.

In September 2014, the Academies opened in a new state of the art £40 million building, designed by Capita Symonds and built by Waites construction. The opening of the Academies also marked a change in direction for the school with a new senior leadership team led by the Executive Principal, Phil Hearne and a revised curriculum in light of recent government changes incorporating the Academy specialism of Social Enterprise.