Boris visits academy to applaud students
Pupils praised for their successful exam results
BORIS Johnson delighted students at The Hurlingham Academy in Fulham last week when he paid a visit to congratulate them on their successful exam results in the summer.
The London mayor, who is also Tory MP for Uxbridge & South Ruislip, met with students and the academy’s new senior leadership team, who presented their vision for the school’s future and discussed the improvements that had already been made.
Boris gave pupils a talk about his daily duties as mayor and asked students what they would do in his shoes. Suggestions included solving the housing crisis and making transport greener.
During his visit, the mayor said: “Our country needs young people like you at The Hurlingham Academy to aspire and strive to be political leaders.
“The key is to always keep trying, even if you come up against obstacles, because if you persevere you will succeed.”
Mr Johnson also met with the London Irish Rugby team, the local club with which the academy has a close partnership.
Later, he challenged some Year 11 students to a table tennis match.
Leon Wilson, senior vice principal at The Hurlingham Academy, said: “It was with great pleasure that we welcomed Mayor Boris Johnson – his speech to students was inspiring and will encourage them to aim to be the best they can be.
“Visitors regularly remark how different a place our school now is and I hope that local families will come and see for themselves what a thriving school The Hurlingam Academy is fast becoming.”
The Hurlingham Academy joined a schools collective United Learning in January 2015 and has subsequently made significant changes to its academic approach through working together.
n ACADEMY VISIT: Students at The Hurlingham Academy listened to a speech from Boris Johnson, who gave them an insight into a normal day in his role as Mayor of London. Members of the London Irish rugby team also attended