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Application for Wapping High School

Application for Wapping High School

The Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Education Trust is planning to open a new co-educational secondary school with a sixth form in Wapping for children aged 11 – 18 in September 2012.

Feedback and views have been taken into account, including those from the October 2010 What’s in Wapping post. An application has now been submitted to the Department for Education (DfE) to open a four form entry secondary school plus a sixth form.

An update below from the Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Education Trust, but for full information or to register your interest in the school visit the Trust at www.wappinghigh.org.

Aims and objectives of Wapping High School

Our aim is to establish a comprehensive, inclusive, non-faith secondary school and sixth form, for 800 children living in Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse. The principal outcomes of the school will be to:

  • Encourage students to develop inquiring minds with a life-long love of learning.
  • Raise aspirations and demand high expectations and attainment from both students and staff.
  • Provide all students with the qualifications for a sound economic future.
  • Produce confident, polite and socially responsible young adults.
  • Create a school which is environmentally sustainable and financially secure
  • Strengthen community cohesion. The school will be a keystone within the local community.

Full details of the proposed curriculum, aims and objectives can be found at www.wappinghigh.org

The map below shows existing secondary schools in Tower Hamlets and their proximity to Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse:

Map Wapping High School

Resolution of critical problems in Wapping

A new school in Wapping will solve four critical problems encountered by children living in Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse:

  1. Demand: The predicted shortfall of places in Tower Hamlets (source: LBTH, 2010) coincides with considerable demand from local families and strong support from local councillors and educational professionals for a new school. 700 teenagers currently live in Wapping and that number is predicted to increase within the next few years. All of the local primary schools are now oversubscribed.
  2. Childhood deprivation: 50% of children in Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse are eligible for free school meals (ref: ONS, 2009). The new school will provide an outstanding education to all local children.
  3. Disadvantage in admissions: Wapping is classified by LBTH as a priority admissions area due to the lack of secondary school provision (see figure). In addition, last year 14% of families in LBTH did not get their first or second choice of secondary school (ref: DfE 2010). Council plans to expand existing schools will dilute, not solve the choice issue. The school will remove the disadvantage in admissions suffered by children in Wapping and Shadwell.
  4. Poor community cohesion: 5500+ primary school pupils live in Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse with further large residential projects planned. The school will counter existing problems that occur a secondary level such as: poor accessibility, broken community bonds and migration out of the borough, while still providing the places the borough needs.

Once the application is accepted the Trust will work with the DfE to prepare a business case.

  • London Borough of Tower Hamlets predicts a shortfall of 240 year 7 places by 2014. The school in Wapping will provide 120 of those missing year 7 places.
  • Families of 480 children have registered their interest in the new school. New names are added everyday.
  • The school will not compromise in its aim to deliver an outstanding level of education to children in a highly deprived area of London.
  • A broad and balanced curriculum will be taught via a personalised learning methodology that has been proven to deliver excellent results in Sweden and the USA.
  • An extensive range of co-curricular activities will offered to draw out hidden talent and stretch gifted students.
  • A number of exciting opportunities exist for the site of the school. All of which add value to the wider community.


The Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Education Trust is actively seeking partners to join us in this exciting new venture, all possibilities for partnership will be considered, including sponsorship and investment.


  • http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk What’s in Wapping

    Closed for further comments now. There will be an update from the Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Education Trust shortly covering recent developments.

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    Any contact been made with News International yet? Get them on board and you/we have quite a powerful ally on our side.

  • Anonymous

    “I guess I don’t embrace rationalism. ”

    That we have known for some time :)

  • John R

    ‘unfounded sweeping generalisations’

    Yes Mark, Brock sums it up nicely, if we don’t concur with your opinion that puts us within the paameters of your last sentence. I guess I don’t embrace rationalism.

  • Anonymous

    Grow up Pete. I do know that we do need people with better spelling… I think that’s what a school will produce, and young people with a balanced view of society and not such apocalyptic visions as yours :)

    By your logic everywhere there is a school the streets are filled with “drug abuse, vandelism [sic] and drunken yobs”. So why not ban all new schools? And demolish all existing ones to be on the safe side? Trash universities? Outlaw evening classes? Come to think of it let’s ban children while we are at it. And round it all off with some book burning.

    Does this make sense to you?

    The idea of a new school in Wapping is a superb idea and the people behind it are outstanding citizens. Any rational minded person should give them their support.

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    we don’t need people making unfounded sweeping generalisations either, but I guess we’re stuck with you :)

  • Pete

    I would urge everyone to campaign against this vigorously. Wapping does not need drug abuse, vandelism, and drunken yobs roaming the streets.

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  • Anonymous

    Good luck with this! Great idea!

  • http://www.paulbrockphotography.co.uk Brock

    good luck :)