The Sponsors

The Drapers' Company

The Drapers’ Company is delighted to be the lead sponsor of the Drapers’ Academy, with Queen Mary’s University London as co-sponsor.

The Drapers’ is one of the Twelve Great Livery Companies of the City of London.  From its origin in the thirteenth century, the Company has become increasingly involved with a wide range of charitable activities, particularly with the provision of education and the relief of need.  The Company is currently engaged with 30 different places of learning across Britain; primary, secondary and tertiary, providing financial and governor support within a strong philanthropic framework.

The Drapers’ Academy was opened in 2010.  It became part of the Drapers’ Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) in 2014, whose objective is to enhance governance by combining the Academy with three local primary schools, all on Harold Hill, Essex.  A considerable number of governors for the Trust and the underlying schools are Drapers volunteers.  The Trust determines the vision and strategy for the schools.  It has responsibility for funding and probity, for ethics and culture and is determined to provide an outstanding education for families in Harold Hill and the immediate areas, whilst delivering excellent value for money.

There are approximately 750 members of the Drapers’ Company, drawn from a broad variety of professions.  In addition to significant annual funding and governors, the Company’s membership provide a deep pool of talent through which Academy pupils enhance their individual cultural capital.  An enrichment programme between the Academy and the Company has evolved and expanded over the years, sharing the philanthropic core which lies at the heart of the Drapers’ Company.

This programme is immensely diverse and is tailored to pupils changing needs.  It commences within the first few weeks of a new Year 7 pupils’ arrival at the Academy:  a day at the splendid Drapers’ Hall in London, learning about Livery Companies, the Drapers’ raison d’etre, conservation and architecture, raising knowledge and aspiration.  Free music lessons are provided from year 7 for all pupils.  Thereafter, the programme includes bespoke after school lectures delivered by Drapers’, attendance at concerts and places of work, mentoring, CV/personal statement and interview practice, work experience and a ‘Futures Evening’, when Lower 6 pupils select 12 different careers and receive a 10 minute talk from practitioners in that profession.

The Drapers’ enrichment programme is a superb resource, allowing pupils to evolve as individuals, broaden their horizons, gain resilience and confidence and face the next stage of their career – be it university, apprenticeships or work - with confidence and aspiration to give to others as they have been given.

More information about the Drapers’ Company can be found on our website:


Queen Mary University of London

The co-sponsor, Queen Mary University of London, is one of the leading Colleges of the University of London, with 15,000 students studying for University of London degrees in Science and Engineering; Humanities and Social Sciences; Medicine and Dentistry.

Queen Mary has a strong track-record of contributing to the development of education in London through innovative partnerships. Queen Mary will provide enrichment and extension of maths and science through the development of additional and innovative learning materials, and collaborative teaching and learning activities and events.

Alongside its high standards of academic excellence, Queen Mary is known for its friendly culture and is the only university in London to have its teaching, leisure and accommodation facilities all on a campus, making life and study much easier for its 15,000 students.

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How do QMUL support pupils at Drapers' Academy?

Year 10: Pupils are given time to reflect on their goals and Post-16 choices.

This is facilitated during two workshops; one that focuses on how to connect goals with subject / course choices, reminding pupils of key terms and words (BTEC, A Levels, apprenticeship) and outlining steps needed to be taken along the way in order to realise those goals.

The other workshop introduces pupils to business types, widening understanding of business and entrepreneurial approaches, explaining ways in which these can extend across subject disciplines & sectors. The session includes group work, with some revision of budgeting & money management through implementation of their own business idea.

Year 9: Pupils take part in two workshops throughout the year. The first gives them the opportunity to reflect on their skills and strengths, to highlight which “type” of worker they will be and which job roles would suit them. This includes a presentation on different jobs and a focus on jobs in the rapidly expanding events sector, which they may not be familiar with.

The second session gives pupils practical approaches to money and budgeting, enriching their life skills and empowering them through understanding money and average costs, at this crucial time in their learning journey.

Year 8: Pupils are invited to visit Queen Mary University of London campus for a day of activities that include a “making choices” workshop, campus tours and a free visit to Centre of Cell. The aims of the day are too familiarise young people with a university environment and meet university students, in order to introduce and demystify.

Following on from their campus visit, pupils will have an in-school session on how to best choose GCSE options, providing suggestions and support that aims to enrich their imminent choosing process. The session will introduce key terms and words (BTEC, A Levels, apprenticeship) and outline the importance of these choices in relation to future goals.

Year 7: Pupils are supported with their transition in to KS3 and a larger learning environment by meeting QMUL staff for the first time at a fun, useful study skills session. This session will introduce the principles of Growth Mindset as a learning strategy, providing the pupils with reflection skills and self-awareness that will assist them with maintaining a positive start to secondary school.

QMUL Annual Fund Scholarship

The QMUL Annual Fund Scholarship is a means tested bursary of £1,250, available for up to 20 QMUL students who are permanent residents (at least 3 years) of the City of London, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, the London Borough of Newham or the London Borough of Hackney, or students who attended the Drapers' Academy Sixth Form.

If you are applying to QMUL, be sure to check your eligibility. More information can be found here.