``'We are here tonight to celebrate the Academy’s magnificent new buildings, but before turning to them I think it is right to celebrate what the Academy team working extremely hard and with great imagination, under the leadership of the headmaster, Matthew Slater, has achieved. I shall be followed by Lady Victoria Leatham, Master Draper, Sir Nick Montagu, Chair of Queen Mary Council, Michael White, Leader of Havering Council, Angela Watkinson MP and finally Matthew Slater.
As you all know GCSE results showed a massive improvement this year. We are well above national average pass rates on key subjects such as English, Maths, History and especially Science. No longer will a school on the Hill seen to be the bottom of the heap. There is a lot more to do but we are already bringing much greater opportunities than have ever been available.
Our sixth form opens this term and promises to be a further real path of opportunity and at the same time a celebration of learning.
Over the past year pupil attendance has been better than the national average. Learning support is exemplary and we continue with a policy of helping all, which means no exclusions.
But a key part of our vision has been to make best use of this magnificent site given to us by London Borough of Havering less than four years ago. But I hope you can agree that Kier and their partners, especially the architects Feilden, Clegg, Bradley have built a magnificent school set in superb grounds. It has also been built on time and to specification with the very considerable support of LB Havering.
2012 has been a remarkable year for London with the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the Olympics and the Paralympics but in a small corner of London on its eastern rim something equally remarkable has happened. We have started out to create a remarkable school that will be for the benefit of all those who live on Harold Hill.'
Maj-Gen Adrian Lyons CBE, Chairman of the Board of Governors and Past Master, The Drapers Livery Company