Capital City Academy

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Capital City Academy
Principal Alex Thomas
Location Doyle Gardens
Greater London
NW10 3ST
Local authority Brent
DfE URN 134226 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1112
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–21
Website CCA

Capital City Academy (commonly abbreviated to CCA) is a specialist Sports and Arts Academy in Willesden, North West London, in the borough of Brent.


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.

Inside the Building


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.[1]


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.[2] 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".[3] As of 27 January, one 15-year-old has been arrested in connection with the fatal stabbing.[4]


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 [5]

Notable visits[edit]

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.[2]

CCA in Media[edit]

The Children[edit]

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.

Teachers TV[edit]

The Academy has been filmed for Teachers TV a number of times most notably in its first two years.[6] where it goes into depth about the school on the original site of the Academy, Willesden High School.

Sports Hall[edit]

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[edit]

Willesden County Grammar School[edit]

Gerry Anderson invented and produced the Thunderbirds TV series
Norman Hudis invented the Carry On franchise of films

Former teachers[edit]

  • Max Morris, headteacher from 1966-78 of Willesden High School and President of the NUT from 1973-74


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