Principal’s Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to our outstanding Academy, sponsored by both the Church of England and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Having joined the Academy in September 2020, we have continued to flourish and excel in the provision of both an excellent education and unparalleled pastoral care.Our results this summer at both A Level and GCSE are testimony to a real focus on strong teaching and learning and on preparing our students to be successful in their next steps.

Having opened in September 2009 we are now an established, successful and oversubscribed Academy. Every year, over 700 students want to join us in Year 7. Our brilliant Sixth Form also attracts hundreds of external applicants every year. Throughout their time at Chelsea Academy students flourish, benefitting from a rich academic curriculum and strong pastoral care. Learning is designed to excite, inspire and challenge. Through our science specialism we ensure that every student has a thorough understanding of science and we offer a unique range of scientific opportunities and visitors to students from Year 7 through to Year 13. 

Our vision: ‘Learning together to flourish’, is lived out every day; a vision informed by our Christian values.  These values of forgiveness, joy, perseverance, charity and servant leadership are an integral part of our journey to success. Visitors always comment on the sense of purpose, of belonging and of our commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our mission: Work Hard, Be Kind, No Excuses provides students with a compass to guide and direct their journey.  The Chelsea Academy Way for Behaviour clearly sets out our expectations so that every student understands how they should conduct themselves. 

We have a longer school day than most other local schools. Each day (apart from Wednesday) is made up of six, 55 minute lessons. Our curriculum is broad in Year 7, 8 and 9, allowing students to discover subjects such as Citizenship and languages,  in addition to the core building block subjects such as English, Maths and Science, before they choose their GCSE options for the two year GCSE programme starting in Year 10. Our Extended Curriculum offer ensures that our students also benefit from having a rich ‘all round’ experience. By the time students leave the Academy they will have developed the resilience, wisdom, hope and skills with which to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

This website holds a range of information no matter your interest in the Academy. The news section of the website and our twitter feed are regularly updated with what we have been up to. Please take a look! Parents and carers, do visit the Parent Portal, which has content specifically for you. If you are interested in joining us as a member of staff, then the careers section has what you need. Current students and staff can access emails, calendars and Google drive through the Chelsea Academy Learning Cloud (CALC).

I am exceptionally proud and privileged to lead Chelsea Academy. It is a wonderful, dynamic and fast moving environment. We benefit from being in a fantastic London location and take advantage of excellent partnerships, both local and further afield.  The Academy is also very fortunate to have an outstanding board of governors. They are very much invested and interested in the Academy.

Please feel free to arrange a visit to the Academy or to contact us for further information. If you are intending to visit and find out more about the Academy for your Y5 or 6 child please do visit our Admissions page, where you should find all the information you need.

Mariella Ardron

Principal, Chelsea Academy