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      A message from Mike Baxter, Principal

      An inspirational and well-rounded education must be the birthright of all young people. I am delighted to lead a school with this aim and am hugely proud of the committed and professional staff I work alongside in order to bring this ambition to life.

      A successful school is built upon a handful of core principles. Firstly, teachers must model and relentlessly support high expectations for all students. I am committed to ensuring that COLA classrooms are havens for learning where inspirational teachers guide highly motivated students.

      Secondly, lessons must be taught and planned in a way that enables students to gain a rich understanding of the body of knowledge within that subject, thus laying solid foundations should they wish to study that subject at A-level, at University or beyond. 

      Thirdly, schools must develop the whole child, looking beyond traditional ways of measuring success towards developing the character of our students and their role in shaping a better world.

      COLA Southwark is sponsored by the City of London, allowing our students to access unique, exciting career opportunities in the heart of the capital. We run a comprehensive enrichment programme including debating, Duke of Edinburgh, a nationally regarded Basketball Academy and many Performing Arts opportunities.

      We are high-achieving and heavily oversubscribed. The majority of our students leave us with a plethora of options, be that employment, apprenticeships or entry into leading universities including Oxbridge.

      Please do not hesitate to get in contact should you like to visit the Academy. 

      Mike Baxter


      Mr Michael Baxter BA, NPQH 

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