Aske's Federation

Three Schools One Vision
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The Federation is an exciting and unique project, bringing three 3-18 schools together as Academies who share the same ethos and values by 2010. The vision is one where all students are inspired to reach their full potential. Currently there are 4,000 students and 550 staff in the Federation.

The Federation brings the three schools together in an ambitious and practical way. United by a single Governing Body, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer, they are separate schools with a Principal and Senior Leadership Team. At the same time, links develop across the Academies at every level. All have houses which are categorised by colour. The Sixth Form is a single unit across the schools.

In 1689 Robert Aske, Haberdasher, died leaving £20,000 to the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers to buy a piece of land and build a school. Since that time the Haberdashers' Company has remained trustee of the Aske Charity and as such continues to safeguard his original intentions. As such it has been the main sponsor of the Haberdashers' Aske's Federation. In 2008 another educational charity joined the Federation to sponsor the three eminent Primary phases, specifically Temple Grove Trust.

Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College

Hatcham College is the Lead School in the Haberdashers' Aske's Federation. Since 1991 it was a highly successful CTC and then became an Academy in 2005, creating a hard Federation with Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy.

Hatcham College is one of the most popular schools in the UK, consistently oversubscribed at 12:1, and ranks high in the league tables with its excellent GCSE and A-Level results (71% achieved 5+ A*-C grades at GCSE level in August 2013, including Maths and English).

With Music as its specialism and a relentless focus on the core subjects, Hatcham College leads by example in promoting excellence - supported by its most recent Ofsted grading of "outstanding" (May 2011).


Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy

In 2005 Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy opened as the new Academy in the Haberdashers' Aske's Federation. With a brand new state of the art building and superb sporting and technology equipment, life for students at Knights Academy has seen a dramatic improvement in every area of the school.

The success of Knights Academy lies in the Federation's strong ethos of "mutual respect", "responsibility" and "equality of opportunity for all. Staff and students work tirelessly to "promote excellence".

As a Sport specialist school and with a focus on the core subject, GCSE results are dramatically improving with Ofsted grading the school "Good with Outstanding Curriculum" (May 2011). Results at GCSE in 2013 saw 55% of students achieving 5+ A*-C grades, including Maths and English, making it one of the best schools in Lewisham.  It is second in popularity to its sister school Hatcham College.

In 2009, with sponsorship help from the Temple Grove Trust, the Aske Federation Trust acquired Hatcham Temple Grove (formerly Monson Primary School), making Hatcham College a -18 school.

In 2011, with sponsorship help from the Temple Grove Trust, the Aske Federation acquired Knights Temple Grove (formerly Merlin Primary School), making Knights Academy a 3-18 school.

In the same year, the first cohort of Sixth former joined the Federation Sixth Form which allows students to choose from an extensive range of courses offered across Hatcham College, Knights Academy and Crayford Academy. At present there are over 600 students in the Sixth Form.  


Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy

The Primary phase of the new all-through Haberdashers' Aske's Crayford Academy opened in September 2009. The 3-18 Academy is on the site of the former Barnes Cray Primary School in Bexley and will teach children and young people aged 3-18, with the first Year 7 cohort of 180 students  admitted in September 2010.

Crayford Academy has Technology as its specialism and will instill the same strong ethos as its other two Federation schools. A new state of the art building  opened in 2011 and has facilities available for the local community as well as its 1,000 students.

The Crayford Academy is unique in that the Primary phase of the Academy was established prior to the Secondary phase. This provides an ideal opportunity for the Primary children to be prepared for their Haberdashers' Secondary education.