Welcome from the Headteacher

Welcome to The Urswick School, a mixed secondary school located in the heart of Hackney. We are now recognised as one of the best inner city secondary schools in the country.

In 2014 we were named by the Department for Education as one of the Top 100 most improved schools nationwide. This is recognition of our transformed GCSE results; over the last six years the proportion of students achieving 5+ A* to C grades with English and maths have more than doubled.

Earlier this year we were awarded Artsmark Gold by Arts Council England in recognition of the excellence of our provision for Arts education. We are also members of the London Mayor’s Gold Club. The Urswick School was invited to join this prestigious group because of our ‘exceptional outcomes for all pupils whatever their circumstances’.

Our latest Ofsted report judged the school to be good with outstanding features. Ofsted praised the ‘exemplary’ behaviour of our students and judged the leadership of our school to be outstanding.

In the last three years we have successfully established our Sixth Form Academy which offers a range of A Level qualifications in English, maths, the sciences, history, psychology, sports science, drama, art and many other subjects. Each year our partnership with Gordonstoun School, the world-famous independent school in Scotland, results in scholarships being awarded to Urswick students to study A Levels at Gordonstoun, together with other study visits for Sixth Form Academy students.

Our name change in September 2011 heralded a bright new future. We are proud of our history, and to maintain our links with the past we chose the name in tribute to Christopher Urswick who founded free education in Hackney in 1520. Urswick’s vision, which we remain dedicated to nearly 500 years later, is to provide the best possible education for local children of all backgrounds, abilities and beliefs.

If you are looking to educate your child in a caring environment focused on achievement, then come to The Urswick School. We are the smallest mixed secondary school in Hackney and surrounding boroughs. We are friendly and welcoming, offering excellent care, guidance and support, along with high standards of behaviour and academic achievement.

I hope very much that you will visit our school to find out more. I look forward to meeting you in the future.

Richard Brown B.Ed (Hons), NPQH

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.