Code, create and innovate at Livingstone Academy, East London’s newest school, writes Tom Stephens

Livingstone Academy East London will be open in September 2019 for reception and year seven students. It will be the first in a series of inclusive and multicultural schools designed to create a pipeline of talented young people with an entrepreneurial mindset able to problem-solve, code and create.

Founding father of the UK gaming industry Ian Livingstone CBE and Aspirations Academies are opening this brand new school that will focus on creativity, computing and entrepreneurship.

Aspirations Academies already runs 12 successful schools. All our primary schools have excellent KS2 results that are above national average, and two of our secondary schools are in the in top 20 per cent nationally.

In the future, however, excellent academic qualifications alone won’t be enough. This is why we’re challengingCultureEducationPic1 students not only to achieve excellence in examinations, but in essential skills and attributes, too, from the very start.

Every day we will provide opportunities for our students to think creatively, solve-problems and work in teams.

The young people emerging from our schools will need to be able to use technology to create, and not just to consume, if they are to be the entrepreneurs of the future. This is why we will teach computer science from seven years old and a Google Chromebook will be provided for every child to ensure 24/7 access to learning.

Unique to Livingstone Academy, students will participate in “real world projects” – working directly with businesses to solve real problems facing their organisations. Learning at this exciting new academy will be connected to the world beyond school and focus on supporting the next generation of London’s creative workforce in achieving their dreams.

Tom Stephens is Senior Leader at Livingstone Academy, 41-47 Commercial Road, E1 1LA.  

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