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Learning in Stratford
Stratford’s educational institutions already cater to a diverse range of learners and there are many more opportunities on their way, including the £35million Chobham Academy in the Athlete’s Village and the £33m University Square Stratford in the town centre, both of which will open their doors in 2013. Many of the new residential developments are making specific provision for anticipated increases in primary and secondary school numbers, so Stratford will soon boast some of the best new educational facilities for children and young people anywhere in the capital.
And with both the University of East London and Birkbeck, University of London having firm bases in Stratford, there’s already a large and lively student community which injects real energy into the area’s strong social and cultural identity.
Learn about Stratford today, and if you like what you see, you might well find yourself learning in Stratford tomorrow, in some of the most modern schools, universities and colleges in the country.
West Ham Church School, founded in 1723, is a Voluntary Controlled Church of England School in the London Borough of Newham and the Diocese of Chelmsford. The school has a strong Christian ethos but also celebrates the many cultures and backgrounds from which the children, families and staff have come. The March 2008 Ofsted report stated that West Ham Church School is a ‘rapidly improving school’ which is ‘striving for excellence’ in all areas. The school’s aim is to ‘truly work to create an education system that enables each child to achieve his/her full potential.’
Sarah Bonnell is school for girls that aims to provide a broad, challenging and inclusive education for life, in a secure and happy environment. It states that its key aim is to equip its students with the confidence, skills and understanding they need to make a positive and informed contribution to society, as independent, self motivated and successful women.
The school is housed in recently refurbished buildings in the heart of Stratford, and Sarah Bonnell is a specialist Language College, with an unrivalled range of languages taught on the curriculum and in lunchtime clubs including Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Urdu and Yoruba, with plans for more to come.
The school is particularly proud of its links with overseas schools and regular pupil exchange visits take place to and from them.
The Chobham Academy on the Athletes Village will provide 1,800 spaces for pupils aged 3-19 from September 2013, including nursery, primary and secondary schools, and a sixth-form with adult learning facilities. It will specialise in performing arts and English with a focus on sporting excellence.
Newham Sixth Form College
Newham Sixth Form College (NewVic) is a thriving sixth form college located in Plaistow. With 18 years experience of delivering specialist education for school leavers NewVic has become the first choice for students from over 140 different schools. As London's largest sixth form college NewVic is able to offer a wide range of A-level and vocational courses to suit a variety of interests and levels. Students received excellent support services to ensure that they achieve their goals and plan their progression. Street dance, debating, tap dance, sports academy, cheerleading, choir, volunteering and the music bursary are just some of the enrichment activities offered to all NewVic students. NewVic also manages Stratford Circus, the groundbreaking arts centre located in the heart of Stratford.
Newham College is an "Outstanding" FE College, in every sense of the word. Dedicated to providing the widest possible range of fresh and flexible qualifications, the 'Open Access Policy' ensures that every potential student gains a Newham College place that best suits their needs. Newham College is one of the few colleges in the UK to have been judged as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted recently, and with expertise ranging far and wide, Newham College prides itself on achieving. Unike any other FE college in Greater London, Newham College owns and operates its own retail stores, hair salon and beauty faciltities, allowing students to learn in real life working environments as well as the class room.
University of East London
The University of East London (UEL) began life here in Stratford in 1898 as the West Ham Technical Institute. Now with over 23,000 students from 120 countries worldwide, UEL is one of the UK’s most diverse and fastest growing universities.
Following an extensive programme of refurbishment, UEL’s Stratford Campus provides impressive facilities located in the heart of Stratford. Recent developments include new laboratories and computing facilities, and new buildings housing the Cass School of Education and the Centre for Clinical Education in Podiatry, Physiotherapy and Sports Science. A number of other university departments are based in Stratford, including the School of Health and Biosciences, School of Law and the School of Psychology.
Birkbeck is a world-class research and teaching institution, a vibrant centre of academic excellence, and London’s only specialist provider of part-time, evening higher education. Its flexible approach attracts many non-traditional students and Birkbeck offer them the opportunity to fit university study around their busy lives. The university encourage applications from students without traditional qualifications and offers a wide range of programmes to suit every entry level.
Birkbeck offers a range of courses in Stratford, giving students living in east London the opportunity to study closer to home and get a prestigious University of London qualification. Subjects cover the arts, social sciences and sciences and are available from entry level certificates of higher education, to foundation and undergraduate degrees, and postgraduate programmes. This offer will be expanded and enhanced with the opening of Birkbeck’s dedicated facility within University Square Stratford in September 2013.