First Academy for media

In September 2014 Crown Woods College in Greenwich converted to academy status, with the new name of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, and joined Leigh Academies Trust along with its seven other academies, all located in South East London. The college has four small schools with 450 pupils in each, and has doubled its GCSE results over a three year period. It will be sponsored by the Stationers’ Company, Ravensbourne and the University of Greenwich.
The school has been on an upwards path in recent years; benefitting from highly effective leadership, a £50 million investment in new facilities and improving results. It is heavily over-subscribed. The Stationers’ Company is now investing resource to implement the new digital media curriculum and to help drive the Academy to an Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’.

A proud sponsor
Kevin Dewey, Past Master of the Stationers’ Company and a Governor Designate of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, commented: “The Stationers’ Company is very proud to be the sponsor of this new academy. We have a long history of supporting education and we look forward to improving the outcomes of the students through using our Members’ and their contacts in the industry to develop the new digital media curriculum and provide mentoring, work experience, investment in specialist teaching equipment, careers advice, apprenticeships and job opportunities. We will also provide a fund for disadvantaged students. We are most fortunate to have found an educational partner in Leigh Academies Trust, which has an outstanding record in managing academies.”
Michael Murphy, Principal Designate of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, added: “Our conversion in September is another key moment in what has been a long and often illustrious history of Crown Woods. From an icon of the comprehensive ideal at our founding through rebirth as a college based on the ‘human scale’, we have embraced innovation and progress. Our partnership with the Stationers’ Company and membership of Leigh Academies Trust will undoubtedly enhance the opportunities and life chances of our students.”

Commenting on the College’s recent exam success, Murphy said: ‘I would like to congratulate all the year 11 pupils, and their parents and carers, on their excellent achievements. These are the best ever results for Crown Woods College and show very impressive improvements as we embark upon our new journey as the ‘Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy’.  Pupils worked really hard and deserve this success, as do all our staff’

About The Stationers’ Company
The Stationers’ Company is the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content industries. Based at Stationers’ Hall, in the shadow of St. Paul’s Cathedral, since 1403 it has provided a meeting place to discuss and debate industry issues. It has a long-standing tradition of supporting charitable causes through The Stationers’ Foundation, with a strong focus on education relating to the communications industry and literacy.  Its mission is to be recognised as the most effective independent forum in the UK Communications and Content industries. The majority of its members work in or supply the paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspaper, and broadcasting and online media industries.

The Stationers’ Company would welcome support for the new Academy from individuals and businesses throughout the Communications and Content industries. Those who are interested in helping with this exciting new initiative should contact the Clerk, William Alden, by email at