The legacy of one of Britain's greatest post-war prime ministers and his links with east London, were remembered this evening (19 September) at the official opening of the Attlee A Level Academy in Arbour Square, E1.
Staff, students, parents and invited VIP guests gathered at the opening of London's newest A Level centre to see the unveiling of a plaque celebrating it being named after Clement Attlee, prime minister of Great Britain from 1945-51.
Attlee was the MP for Limehouse and led the post-war Labour government, which is credited by modern historians and social commentators for overseeing many of the biggest social changes of the 20th century, including the introduction of the NHS.
Special guests included Clement Attlee's great grandson Tom Roundell Greene and Alun Evans, chief executive of the British Academy and chair of the charity the Attlee Foundation.
Gerry McDonald, Principal and CEO, New City College said:
This is an exciting moment for our college as we celebrate opening our new A Level centre in the heart of east London.
Clement Attlee stood for social progression and opportunity and we will dedicate our modern resources to providing all of our students with the highest quality education, individual confidence and aspirations to be the very best they can be.
Students can study over 20 A Level subjects, making Attlee one of the largest providers in London. 300+ students from Hackney and Tower Hamlets are studying at the new centre, which was created by merging the Hackney and Tower Hamlets campuses A Level teaching into one location at E1.
Alun Evans, Chair of the Attlee Foundation said:
Clement Attlee would have been very proud to know his name lives on in an area he felt strongly connected with and for an enterprise dedicated to the power of education for the wider good.
Tom Roundell Greene, Attlee's great-grandson also said:
I am delighted that my great grandfather's name and legacy has been chosen for this new venture. I wish the students and staff the very best of success.
A Level students progressed to top London universities including Imperial College, King's College London, UCL and Queen Mary to study science, engineering, finance and accounting degrees, amongst others.
New City College invested over £1.6m this summer refitting the campus to create the new centre.