On 6 September, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Borough Academy, SE1’s newest secondary school opened its doors for the first time, welcoming its first intake of 180 year 7 pupils from the local area. The school will move to a permanent location on the site of the former London Fire Brigade building on Southwark Bridge Road, but at the moment is based in a temporary building on Sawyer Street.
To welcome them to the neighbourhood, we invited the school to get involved in From The Other Side, our Bankside wide art project, by taking over The Binary on Copperfield Street. A group of 30 students, along with their art teacher, took part in a workshop on Tuesday 24 September to design their posters which will be displayed in the windows of The Binary until 13 October. Working with the Tate Modern’s facilitator, the year 7s came up with a diverse and often challenging set of questions and statements to share their personalities and the issues they think are important, from the political to the environmental to the cultural.
Every year the school will take in another cohort of 180 year 7s, and with a sixth form opening in five years’ time, will eventually grow to accommodate 1150 pupils.
Over the coming months and years, Better Bankside will be partnering with the school to help the students learn about the world of work through a range of different volunteering opportunities. Our shared ambition is to ensure that every pupil has at least one interaction with local businesses every year, whether that’s through careers talks at assemblies, visits to offices or longer term projects.
If you’d like to find out more about these opportunities, please contact Rachel Nicholson, Corporate Responsibility Manager: rn [at] betterbankside.co.uk (subject: Borough%20Academy)
Photo credits: Chris Ortner, Fabrix Capital/BCK-STAGE