Welcome from the Headteacher

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of The Urswick School, a mixed secondary school located in the heart of Hackney. This is a really special year for the school as we celebrate our 500th anniversary.

In 1520 Christopher Urswick, Rector of Hackney, set up a free school in his Rectory on the site of what is now a betting shop on Mare Street. The original school taught 12 ‘poor boys to learn and read’. The school was known for centuries as Hackney Free and Parochial and eventually settled on a single site in Paragon Road where we are located today.

Our school has expanded and now offers 180 places in Year 7 to 11 and has a highly successful Sixth Form. In September 2011 we re-named the school in honour of our Founder Christopher Urswick. We are proud of our history and continue to provide education consistent with Christian teaching. Our Mission Statement ‘Believe and Achieve’ promotes our high aspirations for all our learners of whatever background or faith. We are a Christian school not just a school for Christians.

I have been Headteacher of the school for 12 years. During that time the DFE have named Urswick as one of the Top 100 most improved schools nationwide, we were invited to join the London Mayors’ Gold Club and our building won the Hackney Design Awards People’s Choice Winner. Last year we were awarded Artsmark Platinum by Arts Council England in recognition of the excellence of our provision in the Arts. We also hold an Equalities Award and are an Educate and Celebrate best practice school.

Our latest OFSTED Inspection confirmed the Judgement of Good with Outstanding features. The Leadership and Management of the school has been regularly Judged to be Outstanding by OFSTED.

If you are looking to educate your child in a caring environment focused on achievement, then come to The Urswick School. We have an excellent staff team, with very low staff turnover. In July 2019 not a single permanent teacher left the school – an exceptional thing for an Inner London school to be able to state. OFSTED praised the ‘exemplary’ behaviour of our students, and reported how rare incidents of bullying are effectively dealt with by the school. In a survey of Year 7 parents in 2019, 98.5% agree with the statement ‘My Child Enjoys School’. 96% agreed, ‘I feel my child is safe and well cared for at school.’

If you currently have a child in Year 5 and 6 at primary school, I hope very much you will visit our school to find out more. I look forward to meeting you in the future.

Richard Brown B.ED (Hons) NPQH

Executive Headteacher

“I have already recommended The Urswick School to friends, family and other parents of Year 6 children. Keep up the excellent work.”

Parent of a Year 7 child writing in November 2019.

HEADTEACHER'S SURGERY

All parents / carers are welcome to attend Headteacher's Surgery on Mondays from 3.00pm to 4.30pm during term time, without appointment. Parents / carers may bring a translator.

This is an opportunity for you to speak to Mr Brown on a first-come, first-served basis about any concerns or questions you have. If you would like to contact Mr Brown outside surgery times please send him an email.

Please note: Mr Brown will not meet education advocates, solicitors or any other professional adult accompanying parents during Headteacher’s Surgery.