Drapers' Academy opened just over two years ago on the site of its predecessor school, King's
Wood. It was monitored by Ofsted just over a year ago and judged to be making satisfactory
In September 2012, it moved into completely new buildings next to the old ones. At the same
time it opened a sixth form for the first time, admitting students into Year 12 to study academic
A- and AS-level subjects.
The academy sponsors are the Drapers' Company of the City of London and Queen Mary,
University of London.
The number of students on roll has increased very substantially, by almost a fifth over the last
year. However, the academy is smaller than the average-sized secondary school.
The large majority of students are White British, although the proportions of students from
minority ethnic groups and those who speak English as an additional language are above those
found in most schools.
The proportion of pupils who are disabled or have special educational needs is high. This is so
for those supported at school action, and for those supported at school action plus or with a
statement of special educational needs.
A high proportion of students are known to be eligible for support from the pupil premium
(additional resources provided by the government).
The academy has specialisms in mathematics and science. A small number of students in Key Stage 4 spend one or two days a week following vocational
courses with local work-based training providers.
The academy meets current government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations
for students' attainment and progress.
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