Welcome to The Ursuline Academy’s website. I am delighted you are interested in our school and hope it gives you some insight into who we are and what we stand for.
The Ursuline Academy Ilford is a four form entry Catholic comprehensive school for girls aged 11-19. Students who come here join a community that is committed to success. The school was founded by the Ursuline Order in 1903 and has been providing high quality education and pastoral care ever since. The school has a strong sense of community underpinned by Gospel values. Visitors regularly remark on the purposeful working atmosphere in which all are expected to do their best. We have an inclusive and community-focused ethos of which we are very proud. Our pupils are welcoming, engaging and articulate. They are ambitious for the school and for their own life beyond it.
As a vibrant faith community we are inspired by our founder Angela Merici, whose motto was “Serviam” – to SERVE. ‘Serviam’ lies at the heart of our daily routine and practice. We aim to empower our girls to learn, to lead and to serve. As Angela Merici faced new challenges by looking for new possibilities, so too are we committed and called to do things in new ways to ensure that the young women in our care are offered a nurturing and challenging educational environment in which they can learn and grow and develop the confidence to go out and make a difference in our world.
Mission: We are a Catholic community of faith, love and service rooted in the spirit of St Angela. Through Christ and the Gospel and in our diverse community we strive to provide an environment for young women to flourish, spiritually, academically and socially. Together we are The Ursuline Academy Ilford.
To help bring this about Governors and staff at the school commit themselves to:
• Recognising the value and uniqueness of every student we teach
• Ensuring that the school is a safe place to be and one where the interests of justice are served
• Creating a community which is inclusive, one whose basis is mutual respect and equality
• Maintaining the long tradition of trust, cooperation and courtesy
• Generating good order and discipline based on sound relationships between staff, students, parents and carers
• Nurturing the religious and intellectual lives of our students through curricular and extra-curricular activities
• Inviting parents and carers to play an active role in their daughter’s development, academically, spiritually and morally.
Each year the school reserves 90 places for students from practising Catholic families and 30 for students from other faith backgrounds who are supportive of and fully committed to the Catholic ethos of the school. Each form class is mixed ability and contains a mixture of students from Catholic and non-Catholic backgrounds. Further details on Admissions can be seen by following the appropriate link.
Headteacher: Ms Keran Reilly