WCIT MONITOR Issue 63 Nov 2014 - Page 17

THE WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGISTS EDUCATION: OUR PARTNER SCHOOLS Hammersmith Academy HA students help Olympic gold medalist open Fulham Reach Boat Club H ammersmith Academy students have assisted London 2012 Olympic gold medalist Katherine Grainger in opening the Fulham Reach Boat Club which provides free training to schools in Hammersmith and Fulham. Ms Grainger described the Fulham Reach Boat Club as ‘wonderful’ as she cut the ribbon to officially open the boat house which stands underneath the new St George development along from Hammersmith Bridge and is passed by the famous annual Oxford - Cambridge Boat Race. teaching youngsters who go to school so near the river but haven’t had the chance to row. They may take it for granted, which they definitely should, but the Hammersmith stretch of the river is one of the best in the UK and as they get more into the sport they’ll realise this is where the best races are and is one of the most famous places to row in the world.” Contributed by Hammersmith Academy The club is being managed by former national champion, Steve O’Connor, and his focus is very much on providing a free opportunity for schools in the area where pupils may not have had a chance to try the sport. Hammersmith Academy students have been training at the club which has a brand new fleet of 18 boats, an indoor training room with eight rowing machines, immaculate changing rooms and a kitchen. Ms Grainger, who has also won three silver Olympic medals, said: “This is the nicest boat club I’ve ever been to, it’s so smart! It’s the most amazing thing to bring rowing into the community. I’ve ended up being very involved in rowing and going on to a very high level but I started out at university having a laugh. It’s such a sociable sport and it’s wonderful Fulham Reach Boat Club is putting such an emphasis on HA Exam Results S ©getwestlondon.com To read the full story visit www.getwestlondon.com Please note: HA’s first GCSE results are due in Summer 2016 70% of all student entries achieved the highest grades of A*-C with an overall pass rate of 98%. 16% of students were awarded the highest level of A* or equivalent. Headteacher, Gary Kynaston, added: “I am immensely proud and delighted with our students and the hard work they have put in; their impressive results are a tribute to their teachers and the students’ dedication after choosing to study in Hammersmith Academy’s Sixth Form. These cohorts of students have come from all over London and their progress in their short time with us is truly possible A* and Distinction grades. Seeing our students grow and develop into confident and well-rounded individuals with high aspirations, has been astonishing. The Academy’s culture The excellent results mean that students of high expectations and standards, with have secured places to study courses such the support of as Law, Medicine, Maths and parents, Biomechanical Engineering at highly has prestigious universities across the inspired country, with many poised to attend fantastic Russell Group universities. Students academic studying vocational BTEC courses also success.” performed well and have secured places at the institutions of their choice. Of the Academy’s results, Head of Sixth Form, Rob McKerrell, said: “I am overjoyed by the fantastic results our students have yet again produced, with a number achieving the highest www.hammersmithacademy.org Page 17 Photos by: Hammersmith Academy tudents and staff at Hammersmith remarkable. It is fantastic to see so many Academy revel in the second year move on to Higher Education. On behalf of successful A Level and BTEC of everyone at the Academy, we wish them results. all the best in the future.”