A charity, dedicated to the improvement of children’s lives in underprivileged areas will this year open its third academic institution in six years.
Pimlico Primary, the third of the Future Academies to be launched with the help of Lord Nash and his wife, Caroline, will open its gates this coming September, creating a network of academies maintaining the same level of educational expertise under the charity umbrella.
Future is the charity founded by John and Caroline Nash and it aims to improve the career possibilities for young children in areas which underachieve academically, in order to give children the chance they deserve to make a better life for themselves.
Over the past few years London schools have outshone many in the country with their progress in the curriculum and student attainment levels, despite several schools, and academies in particular, containing a large number of pupils who come from underprivileged backgrounds or who do not speak English as a first language.
It is thanks to the influence of charities such as Future, that the unexpected is occurring, and academies and other institutions throughout London are obtaining higher standards through care and attention to the curriculum and to the students.
In 2007, John and Caroline Nash took on the responsibility of Pimlico Academy and the objective of transforming the school from a crumbling edifice and a near failure academically, into a thriving academy, which achieved an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding,’ in the space of just two years.
Millbank Academy, another of the Nash’s projects, is now thriving academically, with 450 pupils and another Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding,’ which it achieved just four years ago.
Along with the recent opening of The Curriculum Centre, the Nash’s are safeguarding the education of their students with a strictly moderated curriculum, which aims to provide students with highly specific knowledge of their subject area and support teachers of the Future Academies with training and subject specific material.
The opening of Pimlico Primary will see the expansion of the work of the Future charity to Key Stages 1 and 2, in order to better prepare pupils for their transition to Pimlico Academy, where they will continue their studies at Key Stage 3.
Future Academies operate on the basis of “excellent practice,” which includes a “high standard of teaching and academic endeavour” to the point that an academy school day is, under some circumstances, extended to 4.30pm, to make sure all the necessary elements are incorporated in the students’ education. The academies also work to improve the career choices of their pupils by organising university visits and job interview training.