As an inclusive academy the focus is on each child as an individual whilst fostering a sense of belonging to a rich and diverse community. The Petchey Academy is committed to supporting every child to exceed national expectations whilst experiencing a wide and exciting range of opportunities to equip them with the skillset for a successful future as rounded, mature and confident members of modern British society.
We place great emphasis on giving our students the ability to consider and make choices in life, rather than following the crowd. We have high expectations of our students, instilling ambition not only for academic excellence (Excelsior: “ever higher”) but for success within all areas. We firmly believe in supporting and inspiring the individual to reach his/her own potential, at whatever level that may be.
The academy summarises this commitment in our motto:
"Inspiring and supporting every child"
This motto is then developed at sixth form to reflect a maturer student body and is summarised as:
"Developing independent and accomplished learners"
Our ethos, known as "The Petchey Way" is the bedrock of our academy and encapsulates our traditional British values in a modern world, revolving around the basic concepts of respect and tolerance. This is consolidated in the four Petchey P's: Politeness, Positivity, Participation and Perseverance
Our students are proud of their school and take pride in their personal achievements and academic success.
The Petchey Way also applies to staff and centres around expectations of creating an engaging learning environment that promotes respect, equality and safety.
The key British values of democracy, respect for the rule of law and tolerance of all faiths and traditions are evident in all aspects of Academy life. Democracy is respected on a school level through students’ ability to stand for student leadership roles and committees to represent the views of their peers. Democracy is also celebrated on a local level as we encourage students to take part in the Hackney Youth Parliament. Respect and tolerance to all faiths and backgrounds are evident in school policies, curriculum content across learning centres, as well as extra-curricular weeks including Wider World Week, Human Spirit Week and STOP week. Respect for the rule of law is embedded in our pastoral and behaviour management systems, and particularly in developing a restorative justice dialogue with students to explain why certain rules and expectations are important. All British Values are addressed through our Academy Assembly programme and weekly seminars where students are encouraged to discuss the different values held by our diverse school community.
The Petchey Academy (built on the site of the former Kingsland School) was established in 2006 by Sir Jack Petchey CBE and our Sixth Form which opened in September 2011. The academy is non-denominational and has a specialism of STEM and Medical Science, and it is named after Sir Jack Petchey and sponsored by his foundation. Established in 1999, The Jack Petchey Foundation gives grants to programmes and projects that benefit young people aged 11-25. The academy has gained a number of awards including ECM Gold, Artsmark Gold, Inclusion Quality Mark Gold, Parental Engagement Gold Standard, Investors in People Gold and National Healthy School Status.
Our Patron, Sir Jack Petchey, and the Governing Body and Staff, are all extremely proud of what they have achieved since opening in September 2006. This is supported independently by our last two Ofsted inspections which highlighted strong leadership as a key to our success. We pride ourselves in our high academic and behaviour standards.
Our Sixth Form offers a creative and innovative curriculum, which combines opportunities for excellence whilst working closely with universities and employers to build on the traditional sixth form teaching concept.