Boris vis­its academy to ap­plaud stu­dents

Pupils praised for their suc­cess­ful exam re­sults

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Imo­gen Robin­son ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

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

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