Acton High is proud to play an active role in the community of which it is a part and the strong relationships it has strived to developed were praised by SSAT (the Schools, Students and Teachers network) when it made the Cultural Diversity Quality Standard Silver Award to the school in June 2016.
SSAT Cultural Diversity Quality Standard Silver Award
In June 2016 Acton High School became the proud recipient of the SSAT Cultural Diversity Quality Standard Silver Award. The award assesses a school’s performance in five areas: ethos, achievement, curriculum, parent and community engagement, and staff and governors. It is made after a visit by a SSAT inspector and interviews with staff, students and governors. SSAT’s report on Acton High praised the strong relationships it has strived to develop with the local community and the high-quality newsletter and other communications it uses to promote communication with stakeholders.
Acton High’s annual Remembrance Day service sees students, staff, governors and invited guests come together to remember all those who have lost their lives in conflict.
The 2016 service included readings, musical performance, tributes from students and the screening of a film, as well as an address by Abdi Duale, Imam at the West Ealing mosque, who emphasised the importance of people of all backgrounds, nationalities and faiths learning from the loss of life in conflict lessons of tolerance and diversity. His sentiments were echoed by Headteacher Ken Mackenzie, who reflected on the special significance the Great War has for Acton High because of the loss of life suffered amongst the school’s first cohort of students.
Exchange programme with Japanese School
Acton High has a close relationship with the Japanese School in Acton and the two schools participate in an exchange programme that sees students visiting one another’s schools for full days each year. The students have the opportunity to learn about each other’s school communities and cultures and take part in lessons and activities. We were pleased to welcome our friends from the Japanese School for their 2016–17 visit in October 2016 and look forward to making the return trip later in the year.