Hammersmith Academy works closely with St Paul’s School and St Paul’s Girls’ School, with all three schools sharing a common foundation via The Mercers’ Company.
This close association has enabled the development of the Partnership Programme between the three schools with the primary purpose of providing young people with opportunities beyond the provisions of each individual school. Each school leads on their area of specialism and students take away new associations with peers from different backgrounds and with different experiences.
Some of the highlights from the Partnership Programme have included:
- Economics Workshop
- West London Schools Eco-Partnership
- Students from Hammersmith Academy and St Paul’s School won the ‘Collaborative Schools’ category at the CORE Schools Economics Video Challenge
- Micro Adventure
- Insight Programme Lectures
- UCAS Workshops
Building a wider community of partners
We go out of our way to forge long-lasting relationships that add value and opportunity to the learning environment for our students. Whilst our relationships with the two St Paul’s schools are at the heart of our work within a wider academic and creative community, we also liaise closely with other local schools, including Latymer Upper and Godolphin & Latymer.
Having the Mercers and the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists as sponsors opens doors to all sorts of exciting opportunities, including formal dinners and public speaking challenges, opportunities to hear from entrepreneurs and established employers and the chance to join the Guild of Mercers’ Scholars.
We have a particularly close partnership with the academic charity Into University, as well as welcoming organisations like the Social Mobility Foundation and university outreach departments to ensure that our students get the best possible opportunities for meaningful encounters, support programmes and summer schools in higher education. Our STEM outreach programme ensures that students get the opportunity to be part of Imperial College’s Makerspace, meet architects as part of our partnership with the RIBA and benefit from an ongoing programme of visits from the Construction Youth Trust.
Partnerships also extend with real energy into the arts and our students benefit from working with long-term creative partners such as English National Ballet, the Royal College of Music and now the Old Vic Theatre.
We are one of just seven British Exploring Society Ambassador schools in the UK, sending Sixth Form students on challenging expeditions annually, and we are also a National Citizenship Service partner school. Our sporting partners include QPR, Fulham Reach Boat Club and England Rugby who make an important contribution to our students’ well-being and capacity to push themselves in a team.
Our partnerships help our young people to navigate challenging ideas and connections, and encourage learning, leadership and character. The quality of our relationships with organisations and people in our wider community help us to put social mobility and cultural capital centre stage for Hammersmith Academy students.