We specialise in Sport and The Arts, providing diverse teaching approaches, access to wider learning and lots of extracurricular and leadership opportunities.
Physical Education and school sport is a vital and exciting part of life at Capital City Academy. We believe it is essential in nurturing skills, confidence and a life-long love of sporting activities. At Capital, students benefit from high quality specialist teaching and a broad academic and vocational offer.
We are proud to say there are spectacular successes at all ages and abilities, with students holding representative honours at district, county and national levels. The specialism enables us to offer bespoke timetables and funding for athletes across a range of sports. Our alumni include national and international athletes across many activities including athletics, badminton, football, irish dancing, basketball, table tennis, fencing, Moto GP and rugby.
The excellent facilities include our sports hall, 4G all-weather pitch, tennis courts and playing fields along with a wide range of linked partners, enabling us to host and launch a number of national initiatives. We work closely with Youth Sports Trust, FA, Brent Schools FA, London School of Basketball, London Elite, Capital Titans, the RFU, LTA and Saracens. Since September 2018 we have had a Rugby Development Officer based at Capital City Academy.
In 2013 our sport specialism enabled the introduction of the Sports Apprenticeship Scheme for 17-19 year olds. Capital City Academy is the London Hub for the programme with 10 young people currently employed within our local primary and secondary schools.
One of the most exciting outcomes of the sport specialism is the development of basketball and football academies, where KS5 students can study a wide range of subjects across the consortium whilst training and playing sport. Students from the Basketball Academy play in the National and European Leagues.
Case Study: Nia W-G
At the age of 5, when I was in reception, I was the 3rd fastest student in the lower school. As a result, my father decided to find a children’s athletic group for me to join. After the first session I was moved into an advanced group. This heralded the beginning of my athletic adventure. By the age of 16, I had broken multiple records for my athletics club, won gold medals at the Middlesex County Championship (schools and club), South of England Championship, and recently UK National U20 Champion at the European Trials. I was also awarded the British Young Athlete of the Year by the British Athletics Supporters Club.
I joined Capital City Academy in Year 7. As an elite athlete I was offered sponsorship which helps with my athletics expenses. The support has been fantastic, ranging from hotel accommodations at major competitions to physio expenses, and racing and equipment. This support ensures I can totally focus on my passion without any hindrances. I am currently ranked 2nd fastest 60m indoor U20 girl in the UK despite still being only 17. This year I had my first call up to represent England in the 100m senior women's competition and have recently been selected for the U20 GB squad. I am very grateful for Capital City’s assistance in my accomplishments.
Capital has a long tradition of excellence in the Arts. We hold the Arts Council’s prestigious Artsmark Gold recognising our commitment to excellence in Arts education, its partnerships with arts organisations and artists, enrichment opportunities and the quality of the Arts provision.
Our vision is to widen participation, develop and enhance understanding and increase enjoyment of the Arts. Our specialism in the Arts enables us to provide a rich and diverse arts experience including the Performing Arts: Music, Dance and Drama; Visual Arts: Art & Design, Graphics, Photography, Textiles and 3D Design; and Cooking & Nutrition.
The Capital Visual Art department is renowned for our ongoing commitment to arts and culture. We believe that the arts play an exciting and leading role in educational discourse. We regard creativity very highly, placing a major focus on practical, hands-on workshop learning, with students being exposed to a wide range of techniques and processes. Students produce ambitious, sophisticated and highly creative outcomes that range from paintings to installations. Our vision is that the Visual Arts department will continue to act as a catalyst for cultural development by promoting practical learning environments through our curriculum and additional activities such as Arts Week, Wellbeing classes, community projects and our Annual Art Exhibition which is now a highly anticipated standing feature of our school calendar. All these initiatives promote students’ communication skills and self-esteem in order for them to gain a better understanding of themselves and the society they live in. Our students have been able to participate in opportunities with The Royal Academy of Arts, UAL and local businesses, building students’ awareness and exposure to professional career opportunities in the Arts and creative sectors where students have received opportunities to gain work experience in related companies. The Visual Arts aim to create a community of young artists through an art leaders program where our students build on self-discovery and confidence.
Performing Arts, Drama and Music are taught across Key Stage 3 with independent projects being available for students to further develop their passion for the subjects. Students in Year 7 are invited to an annual Panto visit in London. Students have the opportunity to engage in free lessons within the school, learning an instrument or in a choir. There is an annual school production in the form of a musical and is a great opportunity for the arts to collaborate. Students who study further are given greater opportunities to engage in external projects, workshops and trips. The Bush Theatre, the Old Vic, Restore the Music and Read College are just some of our prestigious partners.
All students love their catering lessons in KS3 and develop the skills to cook from scratch, shop on a budget and prepare healthy meals. There have been opportunities to work with chefs at Beaverbrook Golf Resort and produce wonderful canapes for our annual Arts Festival. Students can continue with their study of catering right through to Capital 6.