Release Date: 23 April 2018
The Department of Education (DfE) has announced that the Aspirations Academies Trust has been selected to run the proposed secondary school on the Stag Brewery site.
As part of a current planning application to redevelop the former Stag Brewery in Mortlake, it is proposed to create a new sixth form entry secondary school. When full, the school would have 900 pupils in total across years 7 to 11, plus a sixth form of 250.
The Aspirations Academies Trust is a leading free school provider in the UK with 14 schools across the country, including four in Hounslow Borough. The school would be open in partnership with, and named after, Ian Livingstone CBE, who co-founded the very successful retail company Games Workshop and lives within the borough.
The DfE has decided that, subject to planning permission, the Livingstone Academy, a school originally approved to be opened in East London, will relocate to the Brewery site. The school will be moving location due to a change in the future demand for secondary places in its original area.
The new school will be called Livingstone Academy West London. The school’s proposed opening date will also be decided and announced in due course.
Robert Henderson, Director of Children’s Services for Richmond Council, said:
“The Aspirations Academies Trust have a very successful track record in developing innovative new schools. They work hard to ensure students achieve high level qualifications alongside the development of the essential 21st century skills. Over the next few months I look forward to working with them to further develop their plans.”
Paula and Steve Kenning, co-founders of the Aspirations Academies Trust, said:
"We are very excited to be granted the opportunity to open this school in Mortlake. The vision for the school is to provide a high quality engaging and challenging education that provides not only high level qualifications at GCSE and A level, but also fully develops the skills young people need for success in this rapidly changing world."
Ian Livingstone CBE, added:
“I am delighted we have been given the opportunity to open the Livingstone Academy West London. In a world being transformed by technology, our vision is to help children think critically, creatively and computationally as well as achieve high grades in their qualifications, giving the students the skills to be job makers as well as job seekers.”
Find out more on the Aspirations Academies Trust website.
Find out more on the planning application for the school.
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Updated: 30 April 2018