Bobby Moore Academy set for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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Half a century after leading his country to footballing glory, Bobby Moore is set to inspire a new generation in a school bearing his name.
The Bobby Moore Academy is set to open in September next year and will eventually see 420 primary school pupils and 1,000 secondary school students on the register.
Fittingly, it is located close to the Olympic Stadium, where Moore’s club West Ham will be taking up residence this summer, and be based across two campuses.
Principal Stuart Burns has expressed his excitement at welcoming the first intake of 60 reception pupils and 180 Year 7 students next year.
He said: “Plans for the school have been progressing over the last two years.
“Planning permission has been sought and agreed, and we have been working relentlessly to develop our academic offering and secure partners to help us deliver an incredible education for the young people we will support, encourage and inspire.
“What will make this academy stand out is that, through our ethos and partners, we will be bringing together the best that independent schools offer, with the best that the state education sector provides.”
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The school will be delivered by the David Ross Education Trust, one of the largest multi-academy trusts in the country.
It aims to provide a variety of enrichment opportunities and a strong ethos of mutual respect among those attending.
Mr Burns added: “In a year when we celebrate the achievements of our 1966 World Cup winners, it is with great pride, and of great significance, that we are honoured to be allowed to name the academy after one of the country’s sporting heroes, Bobby Moore.
“He was from the area and achieved something that no other British person has done before or since. He believed in something, worked tirelessly to achieve it - and did so with dignity and humility. He truly encapsulates our ambitions for our young people.”
Stephanie Moore, the footballer’s widow, said: “I have no doubt that Bobby would have been as pleased as I am to be associated with this school.
“He believed passionately in education and its role in ensuring that young people don’t just leave with qualifications, but they are ready to positively contribute to their families, communities and maybe even their country.
“I look forward to seeing the academy help its pupils to succeed and excel. It is a privilege to know that Bobby will play a part in this.”
The school is the second to open on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, following Chobham Academy’s launch in September 2013.
David Goldstone, the chief executive of London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “We’re building thousands of new homes on and around Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and schools are vital parts of ensuring these new communities are a success.
“The Bobby Moore Academy will be an excellent addition to the park and with the world class sports venues, and institutions such as the V&A and UCL East coming to the park, the academy will have some of the most inspiring sporting, cultural and educational venues in the country on their doorstep.”
For more about the school, visit bobbymooreacademy.co.uk