Capital City Academy

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Capital City Academy
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Doyle Gardens

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NW10 3ST

Local authorityBrent
Department for Education URN134226 Tables
PrincipalMarianne Jeanes
Age11 to 21

Capital City Academy (commonly abbreviated to CCA) is a specialist sports and arts Academy in Willesden, North West London, in the borough of Brent.


Inside the Building

The School was designed by architect Sir Norman Foster and engineers Buro Happold, and is sponsored by Sir Frank Lowe. Capital City Academy was built to replace its predecessor Willesden High School. Its buildings on the high school's playing fields were first used in 2003 and officially opened on 12 June 2003.


It is situated near Willesden Sports Stadium and King Edward VII Sports Ground. Although near Willesden Green, the school is in the parish of All Souls, Willesden. The school is also located not far from Roundwood Park.


The school began as Willesden County Grammar School on Uffington Road (off Doyle Gardens) in 1924 and the buildings were extended in 1932. It was one of five grammar schools run by the Willesden Education Committee from 1947. In September 1940, a bomb destroyed four classrooms; a V-1 flying bomb landed nearby in 1944 at the junction of Doyle Gardens and All Souls Avenue. For one year in 1966 it became Willesden Grammar-Technical School when it amalgamated with Willesden School of Engineering in Goodson Road earlier known as Leopold Road Comprehensive. In September 1967, it joined with Pound Lane School on Pound Lane to become a comprehensive school known as Willesden High School. In 2003, it became one of the first three academies in England, with the aim of attempting to overcome educational underachievement in deprived areas. At the time, Willesden High School had some of the worst GCSE results in the UK.[1]


Capital City Academy is an amazing and vibrant place. We believe it should be a pleasure to work or study at Capital City Academy and the wellbeing of students and staff is high on the agenda. Capital City Academy opened in 2003 as one of the first ever academies, offering a high quality education within a fantastic, state of the art building. The dramatic all-glass design creates a sense of high expectations among staff and students. We are fortunate to enjoy large grounds, exceptional sports facilities and arts resourcing whilst being located close to the centre of London with the excellent transport links and opportunities that this affords. Our values of Determination, Integrity, Curiosity and Empathy inform all our work, define our houses and ensure we provide an exceptional environment for learning and discovery.

Capital has become increasingly oversubscribed. Capital 6, our sixth form, has approximately 200 students. Our students right across the school are a fantastic group of young people who deserve the very best. GCSE achievement in English and Maths has been rising steadily and 2018 saw a 10% increase in grades at 4 and above. This coupled with the highest number of GCSE passes across the curriculum is testament to the focus on teaching and learning that pervades the academy's culture. Over 80% of Year 13 students progress to university although other post 18 options are also encouraged. Student leadership is one of the foundations of our success and our Capital 6 students lead many areas of school life. Our website clearly demonstrates the pride that the students have in their school; it also showcases the range of activities on offer.

We were rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in January 2019 and we believe that we offer an outstanding education in many ways. We are immensely proud of the Sports and Arts specialisms and the many unique opportunities and partnerships that this provides for our students.


It is expected that uniform expectations apply when students travel to and from the academy, which includes:

  • School blazer with logo
  • School jumper with logo
  • School tie in their year colour
  • Dark blue trousers / skirt
  • Pale blue shirt/blouse (Years 7 & 8)
  • White shirt/blouse (Years 9, 10, 11)
  • PE polo shirt
  • PE tracksuit bottom
  • PE tracksuit jacket
  • Capital school bag (Years 7-9)
  • School bag that can fit an A4 folder (Years 10-11)
  • Dark blue/black outdoor coat

Notable visits[edit]

Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair opened the Academy.[2] Frank McCourt the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Angela's Ashes visited and signed copies of his books for the Gifted education group of students, reviewing the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway Medal nominations of the year.[3]

CCA in Media[edit]

The Children[edit]

The Children was a TV Mini Series aired on ITV in September 2008. The main character was a headteacher played by Inspector Morse actor, Kevin Whately. The scenes set at his school were filmed in the academy, with actual students, as extras.

Teachers TV[edit]

The Academy has been filmed for Teachers TV a number of times most notably in its first two years.[4] where it goes into depth about the school on the original site of the Academy, Willesden High School.

Sports Hall[edit]

The Academy's main sports hall is home to the PAWS London Capital basketball team, one of the leading clubs based in the capital city. Having recently featured in the British Basketball League for three years, the Caps currently compete in Division 1 of the English Basketball League.


Willesden High School[edit]

Willesden County Grammar School[edit]

Former teachers[edit]

  • Max Morris, headteacher from 1966-78 of Willesden High School and President of the NUT from 1973–74


  1. ^ "BBC News - EDUCATION - 'City academies' to tackle school failure".
  2. ^ "PM Opens Capital City Academy". Foster + Partners. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  3. ^ Smithers, Rebecca (30 May 2005). "'I can't think of anything else I would rather have done'". the Guardian. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 22 January 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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