Alec Reed Academy celebrates 15 year anniversary

Local-boy-made-good Sir Alec Reed celebrated the 15th anniversary of Ealing’s first Academy school (which has just achieved its best ever exam results) with Year 9 pupils.

The giant 15th anniversary birthday cake celebrated the support the Academy offers all of its pupils, who speak 56 languages at home including Arabic, Polish, Somali, Punjabi and Farsi.

The Alec Reed Academy has just achieved its best ever exam results at GCSE level, and excellent results at A Level. 

A mixed through-school, which takes pupils from aged 3 to 19, the Alec Reed Academy opened in 2003. The Academy moved into its iconic new buildings, created by award-winning architect Sir Norman Foster at a cost of £45 million, in 2005. Originally called the West London Academy and formed from the merger of two local failing schools, it was renamed the Alec Reed Academy in 2012 and is now renowned for its success.

The Academy prides itself on its dedicated teachers and the extra care it offers to every pupil. Specializing in innovation, performing arts, sports and technology, it’s established Ofsted "Good" status was reinforced in June this year, with quotes from pupils saying "everyone is supported", and "teachers are passionate about our grades".

Sir Alec Reed was one of the first sponsors of an Academy school in the country. Born in Hounslow, he went to school in Ealing, and chose to focus on this Academy because of his roots in the area.

I am delighted to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Academy, with it’s amazing buildings, extensive grounds and above all it’s fantastic ethos shared by all the teachers and pupils.

The Alec Reed Academy not only helps pupils maximize their exam success.  It also teaches the children to never give up, and supports each one to make the most of their own strengths in their own way.

- Sir Alec Reed

About Sir Alec Reed and his connections to West London

Born in Hounslow, Sir Alec Reed went to school in Ealing. His first school report from Drayton Manor Grammar School in Ealing (now Drayton High) started "Conduct very unsatisfactory". He failed his 11 Plus and left school at 16 without good enough exam results to get into to the College he wanted. 

However Sir Alec went on to found employment agency Reed Executive Ltd, one of the UK's largest private businesses, and was knighted for services to business and charity in 2011.

Sir Alec’s second job (and last permanent one before he became self-employed) was as a trainee accountant based in Gillette’s offices in Ealing. He left to open up his first branch of Reed Employment at 2 Kingsley Road in Hounslow in 1960 (supplying staff to the new Heathrow Airport) and his second at 7 High Street, Feltham.

Read more about his visit here.

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