A Bolder Future Awaits

Bolder Academy is a new, non-denominational, mixed gender secondary school in the London Borough of Hounslow opening in September 2018. Bolder Academy is born out of passion, innovation and need. Set up by local primary and secondary school headteachers to meet the demand for additional places. They have created a bolder future.

Who initiated Bolder Academy?

Bolder Academy has been set up by Hounslow Headteachers in response to the local demand for additional school places in the area.

Hounslow schools work in partnership together and many are outstanding or good. They are committed to working together to ensure that we keep up the standard and create an outstanding Bolder Academy.

Who is Bolder Academy open to?

Bolder Academy will welcome young people from a range of different backgrounds.

As a non-denominational school, it is fully inclusive and open to all and the student body will be made up of mixed gender, multicultural pupils. We hope to attract a range of students and create a supportive, progressive and vibrant community which sees the potential in everyone.

What will Bolder Academy offer?

Bolder Academy will offer opportunities for young people by nurturing their talents, expanding their horizons and giving them ample support to grow as individuals.

The knowledge, experience and expertise of our partners will help to develop an innovative academic curriculum to meet the needs of all pupils. This will take them through our Sixth Form and on into the challenging world of the future. In all things, we will take the boldest approach, with the highest expectations of success.

Where will Bolder Academy be situated?

Bolder Academy will be a newly built, state of the art school, set in the heart of the borough and ready to serve Hounslow young people.

Located within easy distance of Brentford and Isleworth, we are working towards an area close to Gillette Corner. This area is surrounded by national and international businesses, where we are already building strong relationships with key partners. This will help to push forward student development, with a bold approach to intertwining business and education.

What is the status of the project?

The success of any venture like this, hinges on the support and engagement of the community and our community is keen to see the creation of Bolder Academy.

We are working closely with the Education Funding Agency and Hounslow Council and have excellent support from local families, local schools and business partners. Our Chair of Governors is very experienced and a small group of elite Headteachers are leading the set-up phase. We now have an experienced headteacher on board and we have had 150 families sign up for year 1 in September 2018.

When will Bolder Academy open?

In September 2018 our Year 7s will join us, where we know a bolder future awaits them.



Information on Governance – click on the link below.

Bolder Academy Governance

Further Information

Get in touch with us by email: info@bolderacademy.net and follow us on twitter: @bolderlondon



As you are aware, the plans for Bolder are in full swing. Although we have consulted widely in our local community and beyond, we now need to do so formally as required by free school legislation.

Bolder Academy is a new, mixed, non-denominational secondary school, located in Isleworth. It will open in September 2018 to year 7 students.

The school has been established by primary and secondary headteachers in the London Borough of Hounslow because of parental demand for a mixed, non-faith school in eastern part of the Borough.

The Purpose of the Consultation

Any new school which is planning to open is obliged to complete a Section 10 Consultation as outlined by the DfE.

As a local school, we welcome the opportunity to undertake this consultation as we very much value the views and opinions of our community.

The consultation will also offer Bolder Academy a chance to respond to any reasonable local concerns about the opening of the school.

How long will the Consultation run?

The consultation will run from Monday 2nd October 2017 for a period of 8 weeks. The closing date for responses is the 20th November, 9.00am.

How will we consult with you?

To gauge as many views and responses as possible, the consultation material has been publicised in the following ways:

  • online platform (BolderAcademy.org Twitter: @BolderLondon, Facebook: Bolder Academy)
  • emails have been sent to all headteachers (primary and secondary, the LB Hounslow, community groups, councillors and MPs)
  • paper copies of vision documents and frequently asked questions
  • display material of site and building
  • direct contact with the local residents’ association – OWGRA
  • a community event held Ivybridge Primary School on Mon 30th October 2017 from 2.30pm – 5pm
  • prospective parents and student events during Sep and Oct
  • questionnaires

In addition, we invite letter/emailed responses and these should be sent to head@bolderacademy.co.uk

We need to ask specifically whether you agree that the Secretary of State should enter into a funding agreement with Bolder Academy Trust.

What Information is Available?

During the consultation period, the following information is available on the website: www.BolderAcademy.org  :

  • Vision, values and ethos
  • Admissions
  • Details of SEN provision
  • Information about the school site and building including visuals of the inside and outside of the building
  • Transport links

We can also provide hard copies of material by request.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Heidi Swidenbank – Headteacher

Andrew Dodge  – Chair of Governors

We have been asked by the DfE to organise an online survey. To access this please go to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NSH7HS9

The EIP’s over-arching aim is to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children and young people through:

  • Providing a shared vision for staff and students at the partner schools and colleges.
  • Fostering an ethos of success and achievement amongst learners, staff and the wider community.
  • Sharing knowledge, resources and skills
  • Developing new initiatives to improve teaching and learning further
  • Establishing the conditions for continuous improvement in standards both in education and other services
  • Creating a sustainable long-term partnership

Given the above, the EIP has gathered its wealth of expertise to back a project to create our own exceptional free school, a school set up by and backed by Hounslow’s head teachers in order to enhance the borough’s existing outstanding offer and meet impending need.


Our objective is to open a new mainstream 11-18 six-form entry, multi-faith, mixed gender, all ability secondary free school.

Hounslow is experiencing a population boom that is unprecedented in modern times. In the not too distant future there will be a demand
for secondary places that cannot be met without rethinking secondary provision within the Borough.

The vast majority of Hounslow secondary schools are currently graded Good or Outstanding by Ofsted and there are only eight other areas in the country with such a successful record. GCSE results are well above both London and National levels and Hounslow is rated 9th out of 152 Local Authorities areas for young people achieving the new English Baccalaureate of 5 good GCSEs including English and Maths. At A Level, our 6th Form student make excellent progress leading them to higher grades and a better choice of Higher Education course. All this makes Hounslow a fantastic place in which to go to secondary school.

With such a record of success, it is no surprise that Hounslow’s secondary head teachers are applying to open their own free school in the Brentford and Isleworth area with the full support of local primary head teachers and the local authority. We are planning to open the mixed, inclusive, non-denominational school with 150 young people in Year 7 in September 2018; at a time when in Hounslow there will be a huge increase in families searching for places in secondary schools.

In our new outstanding school we will have high expectations, nurture the talents of our young people, expand their horizons, provide them with ample opportunities to grow as individuals and to prepare them to take their place in the world as both team players and as potential leaders. We will do this though an exciting innovative curriculum which supports the transition from primary school, teaches the national curriculum whilst promoting sports and the arts and that looks outwards to the challenging business and economic world of the future.