This South London academy believes in thinking big and ‘doing the right thing’

By Staff

Located in Tulse Hill, South London, E-ACT City Heights is an academy on the up.

Currently rated Good by Ofsted, the school educates boys and girls from the age of 11 until 18. Under the stewardship of headteacher Mr Marvin Charles, the school aims to develop the leaders of tomorrow; compassionate and articulate pupils ready and prepared to embark on the next steps in their learning or a career of their choice.

This “journey to excellence”, as the school puts it, means working towards outstanding academic outcomes for all pupils; a culture that creates the conditions for success and reflects the school’s values; high standards, expectations and aspirations across the board; developing great staff and people; and nurturing a community of stakeholders who care.

E-ACT City Heights doesn’t believe in placing limits on children’s aspirations: staff and pupils are encouraged to think big in how they teach and learn, while also working together as a team to support each other in all they do.

The school also believes in “doing the right thing” – representing who they are and their values, even if no one is looking on.

As part of the E-ACT network, City Heights has close links to 27 other academies, educating over 18,000 pupils across the length and breadth of England, sharing best practices and working to drive up standards.

As well as the excellent teaching and opportunities that are available within the academy, it also has partnerships with Dulwich College – offering experiences and enrichment for pupils across all year groups – and the Manchester United Foundation, which offers a mentoring programme for personal development.

City Heights also works with Mentivity, who give pupils opportunities for mindfulness and mentoring, and Southwark Schools Partnership (SSLP) where there are opportunities in STEM subjects.

The academy is proud to be an anchor of the community in this corner of South London, and to work closely with Fenstanton School (Gypsy Hill Federation). Its facilities are also available for community use.

Mr Charles said: “It truly is a privilege to be the headteacher of E-ACT City Heights Academy. From the moment our pupils walk through our doors, they are inspired and nurtured to experience a wide range of opportunities to be better equipped for the future.

“Our core purpose is centred on all our children, regardless of ability, to achieve to the best of their ability. We have very high expectations of our children and put great emphasis on instilling mutual respect throughout their academic journey and beyond.

“At E-ACT City Heights Academy, we deliver an enriched curriculum through high-quality teaching where safeguarding is a priority. We see each child as an individual and firmly believe supporting them in their wellbeing is just as important as supporting them academically to help them reach their full potential.”

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