Paddington Academy is one of the fastest improving schools in the country.
This week Cherie visited Paddington Academy; one of the fastest improving schools in the country, and took part in their Speakers Programme. Paddington Academy, which opened in September 2006, is sponsored by the United Learning Trust, and despite having started off in very challenging circumstances, it is the fourth best school in the country for the academic progress students make between the ages of eleven and sixteen, and the second best in London. It was also the second most improved Academy in the country between 2009 and 2010. Although the Academy is highly oversubscribed, it welcomes students of all academic abilities. Through their Speakers Programme, the Academy hopes to encourage and inspire students by bringing them into contact with people who have been successful in their fields.
When Cherie arrived she was greeted by the Principal, Oli Tomlinson, and introduced to Joan Al-Assam, Joana Marrques and Mohammed Said Noor. She then took part in a discussion with the three students, in which they asked her about her life and career. It was then opened up to a Q&A session with the staff, students and guests and she was asked a number of questions including 'how did you balance a successful law career, being a parent and wife of a sitting Prime Minister during your time at Downing Street?' and 'what prompted you to study the law and what is your advice to students who want to follow in your footsteps?'
At the end of the Q&A, Cherie was presented with a piece of art work by Inna Sebastian, a year twelve student, who couldn't be there to present it herself.
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