Bolingbroke Academy

Wandsworth, United Kingdom

Location: Wandsworth, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Free School
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Bolingbroke Academy

Bolingbroke Academy is a new 11-18 academy in Wandsworth, opening with its first cohort of year 7 pupils in 2012 and set to grow year on year.

Bolingbroke Academy was founded after a campaign for a non-selective local school by Battersea parents and residents and the academy’s home is the former Bolingbroke Hospital, building that’s been at the heart of its community for 132 years. Our heritage is that of a community committed to the achievement and opportunity of all its citizens – a commitment our school will share. 

Aims, Vision and Values

We have high aspirations for all our pupils. We will aim for the highest standards of educational achievement. We will respect and value every pupil and support each to reach their full potential. Our motto, Fortiter ubique, or “Ever courageous” is based on the motto of the Bolingbroke & St John’s League of Friends. It came from the family coat of arms of Canon John Erskine Clarke, who was vicar of St Mary’s Church, Battersea and a founder of the Bolingbroke Hospital. It embodies our belief that perseverance, self-discipline and determination will enable our students and staff to succeed at school and beyond.

We will realise our vision by adopting the following core principles:

  • Excellence: exceptional expectations and achievement for all pupils.
  • Whatever it takes: pupils, teachers and parents all committed to doing everything needed to ensure that each child succeeds. 
  • Responsibility and respect: excellent standards of behaviour and conduct in school and the local community at all times. 
  • Personal development: developing confidence and leadership skills through inspiring teaching and role models, and an extended and enriching curriculum. 
  • Talented and committed staff: trained and supported to create an academic centre of excellence.


Our aim is for 100% of pupils to achieve at least five GCSEs at A*–C including English and mathematics and for 90% of pupils to successfully complete the English Baccalaureate (six good GCSEs including English, maths, two science qualifications, one humanity and one modern foreign language). All Ark schools expect at least 80% of pupils to achieve at least five GCSEs including English and mathematics.

The Bolingbroke curriculum will have excellent English and mathematics teaching at its core, to provide the strongest possible educational platform for all subjects. We will set very high achievement targets for all pupils and organise the curriculum and teaching to make it possible for all pupils to reach their targets. Pupils entering the school with attainment below the level expected for their age will follow a curriculum designed to accelerate their progress so that they can participate fully.


Like all Ark academies, Bolingbroke Academy will specialise in mathematics. We also have a strong focus on music, which helps develop self-expression, self-discipline, performance and team work as well as building a strong sense of community through collective participation. Our aim is for every pupil to play an instrument confidently and to take part in regular performances.


Bolingbroke Academy was inspected by Ofsted in December 2013 and was graded as "good". Read the full report here

The Ark network 

Bolingbroke Academy is part of Ark, an international charity transforming lives through education. Ark has 38 schools across the UK in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Ark exists to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. Ark schools are all non-selective and in areas where they can make the biggest difference.  

Read more about Ark: 

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Address: Wakehurst Road, Battersea, London, SW11 6BF, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 7924 8200
Positions available at Bolingbroke Academy