Capital City Academy
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The School was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster and engineers Buro Happold, and is sponsored by Sir Frank Lowe. Capital City Academy was built to replace its predecessor Willesden High School, with its construction on the old school's playing fields opening in 2003. It was officially opened on 12 June 2003.
It is situated near Willesden Sports Stadium and King Edward VII Sports Ground. Although near Willesden Green, the school is in the parish of All Souls, Willesden. The school is also located not far from Roundwood Park.
The school began as Willesden County Grammar School on Uffington Road (off Doyle Gardens) in 1924, and was extended in 1932. There were five grammar schools run by the Willesden Education Committee from 1947. In September 1940, a bomb destroyed four classrooms, and a V-1 flying bomb landed nearby in 1944 at the junction of Doyle Gardens and All Souls Avenue. For one year in 1966 it became Willesden Grammar-Technical School when it amalgamated with Willesden School of EngineeringGoodson Road earlier known as Leopold Road Comprehensive This became Willesden High School when it went comprehensive in September 1967 when it joined with Pound Lane School on Pound Lane. It became an academy in 2003. It was the first of three academies in the UK, with the aim of attempting to overcome educational underachievement in deprived areas. At the time, Willesden High School had some of the worst GCSE results in the UK.
On 23 January 2017, 15-year-old schoolboy Quamari Barnes was attacked as he waited at a bus stop in Willesden. And collapsed yards from the gates of the academy. He was rushed by paramedics to hospital in central London where he later died. The academy later released a statement on Twitter saying, "With overwhelming sadness we must confirm the sudden death of one of our pupils.Our thoughts are with the family at this very sad time". As of 27 January, one 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing.
The school is quite strict about shoes they must be black and smart with no converse. Sports uniform is different and students must wear their house colour. All uniform can be purchased at Rumbles on Wembley High Street. Each year group has a different colour shirt. The jumper is royal blue, or less popular navy jackets and blazers can be worn. Trousers must be navy-not black, students get detention for wearing black trousers. Year 7 students wear a turquoise shirt or polo shirt Year 8 students wear a white shirt or polo shirt Year 9 students wear a sky blue shirt or polo shirt Year 10 students wear a royal blue shirt or polo shirt Year 11 students wear a navy blue shirt or polo shirt 
Former UK Prime Ministed Tony Blair opened the Academy. Frank McCourt the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes visited and signed copies of his books for the Gifted education CILIP group of students, reviewing the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal nominations of the year.
CCA in Media
The Children was a TV Mini Series aired on ITV in September 2008. The main character was a headteacher played by Inspector Morse actor, Kevin Whately. The scenes set at his school were filmed in the academy, with actual students, as extras.
The Academy has been filmed for Teachers TV a number of times most notably in its first two years. where it goes into depth about the school on the original site of the Academy, Willesden High School.
The Academy's main sports hall is home to the PAWS London Capital basketball team, one of the leading clubs based in the capital city. Having recently featured in the British Basketball League for three years, the Caps currently compete in Division 1 of the English Basketball League.
Willesden High School
- Dave Beasant, goalkeeper
- Luther Blissett, striker with Watford
- Phillip DeFreitas, cricketer, fast bowler for England
- Shane Richie, Alfie Moon in EastEnders, former husband of Coleen Nolan
Willesden County Grammar School
- Gerry Anderson, renowned animator and creator of Thunderbirds (TV series)
- Roy Battersby, television director
- Les Buck, General Secretary from 1962-77 of the National Union of Sheet Metal Workers, Coppersmiths, Heating and Domestic Engineers
- Stuart Carne CBE, GP
- Carl Cushnie, first black entrepreneur to enter Britain's richest 500 people (number 312) in 1998, becoming Britain's richest black businessman, sentenced for six years for Fraud
- Liz Gebhardt, actress
- Ron Goodwin (briefly), renowned composer of soundtracks such as Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines and 633 Squadron
- Norman Hudis, screenwriter who wrote the first six Carry On films, and established the franchise
- Gary Locke (English footballer), full back for Chelsea
- Eric Lomas, Managing Director from 1994-97 of London Gatwick Airport, and from 1989-94 of London Stansted Airport
- John Neville CM OBE, actor who starred in Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- Molly Parkin, fashion writer and novelist
- Eric Taplin, historian
- Prof Graham Warren FRS, Professor of Cell Biology from 1999-2007 at Yale School of Medicine, and Principal Scientist from 1989-99 of the Imperial Cancer Research Fund
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