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William Morris Sixth Form marks silver anniversary

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Image captionImage 1: Principal of William Morris Sixth Form Matthew Coulbeck (pictured left) with the school's founding principal Liz Walton (pictured right)

Happy 25th anniversary to William Morris Sixth Form, which has marked its silver jubilee with a party reuniting former staff and students.

The community sixth form in St Dunstan’s Road, Hammersmith, was the nation’s first school dedicated to students aged 16-19 when it opened in September 1994.

The anniversary party reunited dozens of former students, past members of staff and current teachers and students.

A special highlight was the return of Liz Walton, founding principal, who was one of the prime movers behind the original vision for the ground-breaking school as an inclusive 16-19 provider.

Supported by Hammersmith & Fulham Council, she set the template for the original ‘academy’ which, down the years, has helped more than 15,000 students reach their potential.

Cllr Larry Culhane, H&F Cabinet Member for Children and Education, added his congratulations. “As a former student, I have first-hand experience of the 'William Morris Way' of learning. The school’s dedicated and passionate staff help students from all backgrounds achieve their very best, even when the odds are stacked against them.” he said.

“The school made history when it was set up 25 years ago and we look forward to seeing even more successes over the next 25 years. We wish everyone at WMSF a happy birthday.”


On the day, current principal Matthew Coulbeck – one of the original staff members – welcomed guests by speaking about the sixth form’s values.

A screened presentation, ‘WMSF Through the Years’, told the 25-year history of the sixth form, while a ‘thumb-print guestbook’ let visitors literally leave their mark as a part of the celebrations.

One of today’s students, Juan Hamaraza, also sang two songs at the party.

Find out more about the William Morris Sixth Form by visiting the school’s website.

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