Welcome to Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy
Welcome to Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy, an all through 3-18 Academy serving the local communities of Bromley and Catford in the London Borough of Lewisham.
Proud to be part of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation, Knights Academy is a vibrant, diverse school community with a relentless focus on high expectations and aspirations. We strive for excellence in all that we do, whether that is standards of academic attainment, presentation, or behaviour.
We are a good school that is always striving to be better. We believe that all children and young people can succeed, and it is a highly rewarding environment, to work within a school which provides real life chances to the children and young people of the community we serve. Our clarity and direction is based on raising achievement and high expectations to ensure our overall goal that all children make at least good and preferably outstanding progress, and that achievement gaps are closed.
Our most important partners are our parents. We hold parents evenings, consultations and information days and have a popular and effective PTA. We keep in close contact with our parents through regular letters and invitations to events at the Academy.
We are never complacent about our achievements – there is always scope for improvement and we want to be an outstanding school – we invite all of our stakeholders (governors, parents, staff, pupils, community) and prospective staff to join us on the journey
It will be my privilege to work with you and your child along this exciting journey of their school career, to enable them to achieve their very best.
Pupils joining Knights Academy become part of a Federation Sixth Form. Lessons and other activities will take place on the Knights Academy campus, however as part of the Federation our pupils are welcomed and encouraged to use the facilities and make the most of the opportunities provided by being a part of our Federation.
Knights Academy provides a wide-ranging and high quality curriculum that is suited to the needs of our school. We offer both ‘A’ Level and BTEC courses at Level 3 and there are opportunities for pupils to participate in our renowned facilities for sport, but also music, cultural, community, employment and other activities. We hope that Knights Academy pupils will honour all their commitments to all events and activities across our Federation. Our pupils continue into a wide range of Higher Education (including Oxbridge), Further Education (Music and Art Colleges) and employment.
We aim to create a hard-working, friendly and caring environment through the partnership of staff, pupils, parents, governors, employers and other friends. Our ethos of hard work, aiming for excellence and giving back to the school and wider community is fundamental to our success and is at the core of everything we do.
The Assistant Principal (Sixth Form) oversees the running of the Sixth Form at Knights Academy and is supported by a team of tutors, all of whom are on hand to offer guidance, support and academic tracking to our pupils throughout their two years. Our Careers Advisors have targeted programmes for each pupil where needs are ascertained following assessment of skills and strengths. We also put an emphasis on opportunities to volunteer or participate in our Elite Science or Business programmes.
There are regular enrichment events for the Sixth Form including social activities, the London UCAS Fair, Leadership Training, Master Class Day and many more. Also popular are the annual ‘Federation Lectures’ from prominent speakers across a variety of topics, aimed at stretching our Federation Sixth Form pupils and preparing them for university education.
To obtain a broad and balanced education Sixth Formers are strongly advised to take advantage of the variety of opportunities on offer in the Extension Studies Programme with a wide range of opportunities offered across the Federation, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). Our Sixth Form Pupils are expected to take an active part in the life of the school and act as role models for the younger pupils. Notably our Year 13 can go on to form the selected team of Prefects and House Captains who lead the wider school community.
Our learning facilities are of the highest standard. At Knights Academy members of the 6th Form have access to the most up to date and well-resourced classrooms, state of the art computer suites, laboratories, sports hall and playing fields, together with dance, drama, music, business and other specialist accommodation.
The separate 6th Form area, 'the Loft', comprises a study area with ICT facilities and a private terrace offering magnificent views of the City of London and the Docklands.
The Loft also provides a level 3 key texts library to supplement the facilities available in our Learning Resources Centre and Careers Help desk.
Students are supported with supervised study and timetabled periods of own study supported by teaching staff.
The Learning Resources Centre (The Hub)
The LRC provides support for students with their studies and is located at the heart of the school. We ensure that the facilities enable all our students to access a broad variety of materials to enable them to obtain the best possible outcomes. We provide a support programme to enable the best use for the facilities to help you throughout your studies. Major features of the service include:
- Qualified librarian to support with research
- Individual and group study spaces including networked PCs
- Access to a wide range of electronic learning resources
Students are expected to use their time in supervised study and free time to consolidate their learning and read on to prepare for their next lesson.
Sport at Knights Academy is an important and exciting part of the student experience. Whether you simply want to be active, fit and healthy or you are an Olympic athlete you'll be delighted with what the Academy has to offer. Knights Academy has a sports specialism boasting a fully equipped gym on site and offers many opportunities for our sixth formers to excel in this area, as well as offering the Millwall Football Academy Programme.
All pupils have individual needs and it is our responsibility to ensure that teachers and support staff have the necessary skills to provide quality first teaching that meets these needs, enables progress and raises levels of achievement for all pupils including those with SEN.
Pupils who require individual and/or specific support and guidance may be referred to the SENCO for advice and input. There may be times when the needs of a pupil are such that a referral is made to an external specialist service for further advice and support.
The Inclusion team at each school works closely with parents as partners in the education of their children and will keep them informed at each stage.
Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s form tutor or class teacher in the first instance with any concerns in order for the matter to be directed to the most appropriate member of staff.
Pupils for whom English is an additional language may be supported in the classroom, and where there is an identified need, can receive appropriate intervention. They may also be encouraged to take public examinations in a community language.
The emotional welfare of the pupils is very important to us and there are a number of people in post at each school who provide a valuable support network for some of our most vulnerable young people. Parents, carers and pupils themselves are encouraged to speak to a member of staff if any difficulties arise.
More able and Talented Program:
We are very proud of our record in meeting the needs of our more able students. Our support for the secondary phase begins in year 7 and continues right through to year 13 where some will apply to Oxbridge colleges, Russell Group Universities, medical schools and sports universities. Support includes fast tracking in some subjects, A* intervention, as well as a range of specially designed events both in school and beyond, such as the More Able Careers event where pupils meet advisors from careers such as Neuroscience, Law, journalism, Engineering and Finance.
Percentage A*/A grades in 2015 54%
Percentage A*/B grades in 2015 59%
Percentage pass rate in 2015 99%
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Academy directly.