Hammersmith Academy

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Hammersmith Academy
Hammersmith Academy.jpg
Motto Inspire, Create, Succeed
Established 1st September 2011
Type Academy
Headteacher Gary Kynaston
Associate Headteacher Jonathon Lisseman
Chair Mr Peter Lane
Founder Tom Ilube
Location Cathnor Road
W12 9JD
Local authority London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
DfE URN 136172 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Houses Lovelace, Berners-Lee, Gates and Tesla
Colours Grey and Red
Website hammersmithacademy.org

Hammersmith Academy is a non-denominational, all-ability, co-educational secondary academy for 11- to 18-year-olds specialising in Creative & Digital Media and Information Technology, located in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, West London, England.[1]

Opened in September 2011, the Academy is jointly sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Mercers[2] (the oldest Livery Company in the City of London) and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (the 100th Livery Company).[3]

The Academy is based in a four storey building which has facilities such as a Theatre, Sports Hall, Library, Fitness Suite and Digital Editing & IT suites.


In 2006, only 38% of local children in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham went to local state schools.[4] This led the council to launch its Schools of Choice programme which aimed to provide more choice to meet the growing demand for school places in the borough and reduce the need for parents to send their children to schools outside of Hammersmith and Fulham.

Plans were later announced in 2007 for the building of a new academy within the borough which would be sponsored by the Mercers' Company and the Information Technologists Company. The new academy would open in September 2010 and be designed to accommodate up to 780 mixed ability students aged 11–18, with the site of the former Stamford House young offenders selected.[5]

The opening was later pushed back to September 2011 and building work began in June 2009. It was founded by Tom Ilube, a British-Nigerian entrepreneur and educational philanthropist.[6]


The building encompasses:

  • Large Learning Bases which provide flexible teaching areas for student groups
  • Science Laboratories designed and equipped to provide large areas of accessible space for practical work
  • Whiteboard technology in all teaching areas
  • Independent Learning Centres with full access to online resources
  • Library
  • Video and Music editing space complete with green-screen and a radio station
  • Two large technology workshops served by Computer Aided Design and Computer Aided Manufacture.
  • Dance/Drama Studio with sprung floors and full length mirrors
  • Theatre with tiered seating
  • Multi Use Games Area and 250m running track
  • Fitness Suite.
  • Multi-purpose Sports Hall.


The Academy was rated as 'Good' with some 'Outstanding' features in its first Ofsted inspection despite being open less than 18 months.[7]

Year structure[edit]

The year groups are split into five classes. These are called Media Groups. They are M, E, D, I, A. For example,7M is a class.


House Colour
Berners lee


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 51°30′08″N 0°14′10″W / 51.5021°N 0.2362°W / 51.5021; -0.2362