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Haberdashers' Knights Academy

Principal's Welcome

Haberdashers’ Knights Academy is part of the Haberdashers’ Academies Trust, a group of academies that has been educating children in South London since 1876.


We are committed to ensuring that our children get the best start in life and leave us fully prepared to be successful in their adult lives.

Haberdashers’ Knights Academy is a school at the heart of its community. We are committed to our vision of ensuring that our children get the best start in life ‘to achieve their full potential personally, academically and socially’.   

We achieve this vision through our shared ‘ASPIRE’ values of Accountability, Self-Discipline, Partnership, Integrity, Respect and Excellence, helping pupils to turn their ambitions, into success. We have high expectations of our pupils, celebrating the success of the collective and each child as an individual, in equal measure. This means as well as maturing into well-rounded, healthy young people, our pupils develop their confidence, passion for learning and curiosity for life.

In January, Ofsted judged that we continue to be a ‘Good' school, enabling pupils’ to succeed through an engaging and stretching curriculum, high-quality teaching, and a vast range of extracurricular and culturally rich opportunities.

Over 90% of pupils progress to good universities and  the rest take up high quality apprenticeships or enter the world of work.  Our pupils develop confidence, resilience and self-esteem through their involvement in our academic and extracurricular enrichment; adding value to their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. We instil moral values, enabling them to contribute to our school community and the communities in which they live.

A Knights Academy education represents an ‘excellent’ start, with a wealth of advantages and opportunities that many pupils might not ordinarily have experienced. They are afforded these rich opportunities through the partnership of our Trust of nine schools as part of the Haberdashers’ Academies Trust South, which has been educating children in South East London since 1876 and our sponsorship from the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers Livery Company.

Staff at Knights are proud that our school is a happy, supportive, and nurturing environment, that is why it is important to us to work in trusted partnership with our pupils and families. It is my privilege to work with you and your child along this exciting journey of their school career and to enable them to achieve their very best. 


Dr Tesca Bennett
Executive Principal of Knights Academy