About Hammersmith & Fulham and its schools
Hammersmith & Fulham is a vibrant place to live and work with a diverse community and rich cultural heritage. Being part of inner London means it is within easy access of all the cultural and entertainment opportunities that are available in the city.
The number of parks coupled with the attractive Thames-side cycle-route and pathways which run continuously along the southern side of the borough ensure that Hammersmith & Fulham has a quiet and relaxed feel despite its dynamism and proximity to the centre of London. It is the 4th smallest London Borough at 6.3 sq miles.
Our resident population was just over 182,000 at the last Census, with the sixth highest population density in England and Wales
We are a borough of contrasts, some of the wealthiest households are located in the borough while at the same time there are areas of relative poverty, with benefit uptake and higher scores on the Index of Multiple Deprivation being recorded in the north of the borough. Just over a fifth of children attending schools in the borough receive free school meals.
The borough has a higher proportion of young adults aged 25-39 than London and the rest of the country and three quarters of the population is at working age (16–64) which is the third highest in the country.
Ours is a borough of great cultural diversity, with people from many communities coming to live and work in the area, the Irish Community since the 19th Century, a significant Polish Community since the second World War and the Caribbean Community since the 1950s and 1960s.
Hammersmith & Fulham has a dynamic and wonderfully varied community offering challenges but also providing rich rewards. Our schools reflect the multicultural makeup of our borough.
Children from our schools come from all over the world and from a variety of backgrounds, close to 75% are from non white-British backgrounds, compared to around 30% nationally.
Between them they speak over 100 different languages, with nearly half of children in primary schools now speaking English as an additional language.
Our vision in Hammersmith and Fulham is to create a ladder of opportunity which enables young people to pursue happy and full lives, achieving economic wellbeing.
Hammersmith & Fulham has a strong record of educational success. We place young people at the centre of all our activities and offer them an environment that encourages the best possible level of personal and academic achievement. We value teachers as our most important resource.
There are now 41 primary schools in the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham, including both community and faith schools, 12 academies (four of which are Ark schools) and two free schools (the West London Free School primary and its new partner school the Earls Court Free School). Burlington Danes Academy primary was the latest school to open in 2015. The vast majority of our primary schools are judged by OfSTED as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’ and 83% of pupils achieved the expected Level 4 in reading, writing and maths in 2015 compared to 61% nationally.
There are 12 secondary schools in the borough, 11 of which are academies or free schools. In 2016/17, 70% of students gained grades 9-4, including English and maths compared to 53% nationally. Lady Margaret, Sacred Heart High School and The London Oratory achieved 85% or more.
Sixth form provision has expanded over the last few years with seven secondary schools now offering their own sixth forms alongside the dedicated provision at William Morris Sixth Form. Our four special schools also go from strength to strength with Queensmill recently expanding to be an all-through school and Hammersmith & Fulham is also leading the way when it comes to alternative provision with Westside Academy alongside the successful work at both the Courtyard AP and The Bridge Academy.