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Secondary School for Wapping, Shadwell & Limehouse

Secondary School for Wapping, Shadwell & Limehouse

Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse are home to eight well-supported primary schools, attended by around 2,000 pupils drawn from a genuinely mixed community.

Aged 11 many of these children have no obvious secondary school to go to

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

[see latest December 2010 update for current status]

Wapping High School

A new secondary school for Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse.

  • The school will deliver strong academic results for university entrance, with specialisms in Enterprise & Innovation and New Media.
  • The school will also teach civics and ethics, creating socially engaged young adults with a strong sense of personal responsibility.
  • The school will have an open admissions policy in-line with our inclusive and personalised ethos. The sixth form will be open to children from other schools.

To confirm funding for the school, the Department for Education needs the Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Eduction Trust to collect a list of families who would consider applying for a place.

Register Your Interest

Please register your interest at www.wappinghigh.org where further information is available.

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Please see December 2010 update

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

    A more recent update on Wapping High School from the Trust which includes aims and objectives of the school and their next steps http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk/wapping-high-school-10122010/

    We’ve closed further comments here, but see the December 2010 article where you can continue to comment if you wish http://www.whatsinwapping.co.uk/wapping-high-school-10122010/

  • Anonymous

    Johnny baby! Two comments from you in a day! You spoil us with your generosity. Pass the Ferrero Rocher someone.

    Before I change the locks on my door and board up my windows against the marauding gangs of six year old children who will soon be roaming the neighbourhood with unfinished homework can I pick a few small holes in your diatribe?

    1. You still provide no evidence for your ‘John Orwell to be destroyed’ theory (see previous post). Maybe because you do not have any evidence? But you hope that by repeating that which you know to be untrue enough people will start to believe it.

    2. Rational thinking may never have had any role in your mind but does in the minds of others. Tip – this puts you at a disadvantage.

    3. ‘Arriviste feckless n’er do wells”. What on earth does this mean? Are the streets of Wapping also going to be invaded by the language of Dickens? Where I live it’s been 2011 for almost a month.

    4. Which local councillor do you refer to? Will he / she be making their views known?

    5. An email campaign? Signatures? Don’t think that’s going to be a roaring success for the simple reason that you do not have the moral courage to publicly identify yourself. Do you?

    Yours

    Mark

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

    “I hate kids I do, nuffink but trouble” :)

    How’s that evidence for the ‘destruction of John Orwell coming John?

    And seriously? “Street corner loitering”? That’ll sway people.

  • John

    Rational thinking has never been part of the ‘debate’ about the proposed Wapping High School, I am afraid. In truth, there is no need for such a school in Wapping. Falling rolls,as evidenced by the closure of St Patrick Primary, a preponderance of single member households and flats rather than family housing, etc have demonstrated beyond doubt that there are neither feeder primary schools nor a demographic requirement that can possibly supply a sufficient number of truly local students for such a ‘free school’. Consequently, the pupils will need to be bussed in from surrounding areas to detriment of the community and safety of Wapping. Fortunately, there is a growing groundswell of popular opposition to this ridiculous idea especially as it will involve the destruction of our much loved community facility, The John Orwell Sports Centre as well as the inevitable increase in street crime including the smashing of windows of parked cars in/around west Wapping, breaking & entering, street corner loitering and general anti-social behaviour by arriviste feckless n’er do wells. Our local councillor will oppose to this initiative no doubt and an email campaign to collect signatures against the proposal is being organised with ever increasing numbers of supporters, I am pleased to announce.

  • John

    Rational thinking has never been part of the ‘debate’ about the proposed Wapping High School, I am afraid. In truth, there is no need for such a school in Wapping. Falling rolls,as evidenced by the closure of St Patrick Primary, a preponderance of single member households and flats rather than family housing, etc have demonstrated beyond doubt that there are neither feeder primary schools nor a demographic requirement that can possibly supply a sufficient number of truly local students for such a ‘free school’. Consequently, the pupils will need to be bussed in from surrounding areas to detriment of the community and safety of Wapping. Firtunately, there is a growing groundswell of popular opposition to this ridiculous idea especially as it will involve the destruction of our much loved community facility, The John Orwell Sports Centre as well as the inevitable increase in street crime including the smashing of windows of parked cars in/around west Wapping, breaking & entering, street corner loitering and general anti-social behaviour by arriviste feckless n’er do wells. Our local councillor will oppose to this initiative no doubt and an email campaign to collect signatures against the proposal is being organised with ever increasing numbers of supporters, I am pleased to announce.

  • Anonymous

    Good to hear! :)

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

    “What amuses me most is that every time you make vent your beliefs you encourage people like me and many other rationally minded people in Wapping to redouble their efforts to ensure the school is a success.”

    Very true Mark. I’m on board :)

  • Anonymous

    John! You are back! Where have you been? The tone of the comments on the site have been balanced and considered during your absence, thanks for lowering them to the level of the gutter as always. I like consistency.

    But enough petty comments. Let’s look at the evidence shall we?
    Your belief that John Orwell will be raised to the ground by the school. What facts do you base this on? Do you have any evidence for this? Anything in writing? If you do then please share it with us.

    Your phrase ‘children will be bussed in from surrounding areas’. A touch emotive don’t you think? Again what evidence do you have for this?

    Other phrases you use: ‘back door effort by a motley crew of do-gooders’, ‘bring the area to heel’. Well I consider myself one of your do-gooders and admit that do not always wear a shirt and tie, but I don’t think I am motley. And I am not quite sure why you think this is a back door effort? Evidence please?

    And what do you exactly mean by ‘bringing the area to heel’? Surely a simpler approach would be to have armed police on every street corner? Then they could easily pick off the gang members, drug addicts, mass murderers and the Wapping Branch of Al Qaeda that the school will it seems surely spawn within weeks?

    And last by no means least why do you conclude that this will be a ‘sink school’? Have you any evidence for this?

    That’s it for the moment John. I look forward to your next declaration from the moral high ground .

    What amuses me most is that every time you make vent your beliefs you encourage people like me and many other rationally minded people in Wapping to redouble their efforts to ensure the school is a success.

    Because it will be.

    Annoying, huh?

    Yours,

    Mark

  • John

    I am very concerned that the John Orwell sports facilities will be lost once this so-called secondary ‘free school’ is built there and this surely is something that any right-minded resident in Wapping should vigorously oppose. The government is keen to support and engage health in the community via active participation in sports and now we are facing the likelihood that oiur facilties will be gobbled up by a school whose educational efficacy and use to anyone in the community still n’eeds to be evidenced. St Patrick’s primary in Wapping was closed due to falling rolls.. where then are the hundreds of children’ in Wapping who supposedly need schooling here in the most verdant, quiet and pleasant part of Wapping? I suspect instead that many if not all children will be bussed in from surrounding areas and that this is an back door effort by a motley crew of local ‘do-gooders’ supposed by the LBTH to bring the area to heel. It requires little imagination to realise what impact this proposal will have on our neighbourhood: loitering and litter in the various parks off and near John Orwell Centre, gang behaviour and intimidation, progressively increasing issuance of ASBOs against those who have no interest in or connection with our community and just visit and hang around during and after school hours. Having previously lived in Islington, this scenario was played out to the letter as EGA was set up, another secondary sink school

  • John

    I am very concerned that the John Orwell sports facilities will be lost once this so-called secondary ‘free school’ is built there and this surely is something that any right-minded resident in Wapping should vigorously oppose. The government is keen to support and engage health in the community via active participation in sports and now we are facing the likelihood that oiur facilties will be gobbled up by a school whose educational efficacy and use to anyone in the community still n’eeds to be evidenced. St Patrick’s primary in Wapping was closed due to falling rolls.. where then are the hundreds of children’ in Wapping who supposedly need schooling here in the most verdant, quiet and pleasant part of Wapping? I suspect instead that many if not all children will be bussed in from surrounding areas and that this is an back door effort by a motley crew of local ‘do-gooders’ supposed by the LBTH to bring the area to heel. It requires little imagination to realise what impact this proposal will have on our neighbourhood: loitering and litter in the various parks off and near John Orwell Centre, gang behaviour and intimidation, progressively increasing issuance of ASBOs against those who have no interest in or connection with our community and just visit and hang around during and after school hours. Having previously lived in Islington, this scenario was played out to the letter as EGA was set up, another secondary sink school.

  • KB

    Precisley! It’s good to hear a voice of reason from somebody else living in the real world – I was enraged by (and just replied to) a thread on 21 Wapping Lane stating the same!

  • Kerstyn

    The Trust looking into opening a new secondary school in or near Wapping has NO plans to remove any of the existing sports provision at John Orwell Sports Centre. This would be total contrary to the aims of the Trust which are to improve the provision of education in this area. As Helen points out it would also be at odds with LBTH policy and therefore, not allowed.

    The Trust has had an initial conversation with LBTH to explore the possibility of extending the facilities at JO, using vacant land on the site. These facilities would be used by schools during the day and be available for the community out of school hours. For more details about these ideas please visit http://www.wappinghigh.org/journal/

  • Helen

    If it is true then it is rather at odds with LBTH policy and local regenerationist-speak concerning the promotion of exercise, gym-use, healthy pursuits etc. I thought the free school, should it arrive, was going to use part of the sports centre land, not the whole thing?

  • carla

    i have come across with the rumour that the Sports Centre might be “replaced/removed/used due to the secondary school, however, i have not been able to spot the source of the information.
    Has it been stated anywhere? is there any truth in this?

  • Clare

    John, I have no problem if anyone finds my posting puerile, I make no claim of being profound. It’s just my opinion, but it is that – my opinion. And I am glad to confirm that I do exist.

  • John

    Now there’s a surprise, John talking about people with no children is not me but as expected these things occur when people disagree with a topic.

    Clare gives us this :”In my experience, children and their families make bonds through school which can have a hugely positive impact on their lives and the community. Those links can be become lifelong friendships, provide a support network for families and help to forge a sense of community.”

    Correct Clare and the bonds from primary school survive along with secondary school bonds from a different arena that expands the friendships outwith the parochial bonds of a little village. My children have friends from all over London through schooling from wherever.
    Surely we are not getting such claims that you can only have bonds from schooling within a certain arena.

    Some of the arguments put forward really are puerile and I do believe certain posters do not actually exist. I hope the board is not allowed to be hijacked by a certain few with an agenda because it certainly looks that is the way it is going.