Chair of Education Select Committee visits Crown Woods

Graham Stuart MP, Chair of the Education Select Committee in the House of Commons visited Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy this Thursday to see how the ‘Human Scale Education’ promoted by the school helped to improve students’ education.


Mr Stuart’s visit was organised by the Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Eltham, Cllr Spencer Drury.  The Academy’s Principal Michael Murphy provided a guided tour around the different parts of the school.

Mr Murphy was keen to emphasise how the three smaller schools for pupils aged 11-16 allowed staff to establish better working relationships and so helped improve results at GCSE.  In particular Mr Murphy stressed the substantial rise in performance at GCSE from 45% of students achieving 5 A* to C grades in 2010 to 65% this summer, with 28% achieving the academic English Baccalaureate qualification.


Graham said “It was fascinating to see how the Crown Woods model worked and the intention to work with the Stationers Guild to develop the use of ICT across the curriculum.  Mr Murphy has created an innovative model of education which is clearly delivering results.”


“Spencer has a strong connection with and works very hard for his home town of Eltham.  I know he has an excellent track record over the last decade of supporting his local communities.  As a teacher he also displays an understanding and knowledge of our education system; a passionate belief in the power of schools to make a real difference to children’s lives, enable social  mobility and ultimately give our future  generations the best start in life.  Having got to know Spencer I know he is a force for good on the council and will take that strong representation of the people of this borough to parliament if he is elected in May.”