Sir Geoff Hurst officially opens Bobby Moore Academy
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Bobby Moore’s close friend and team-mate opens new state-of-art secondary school alongside David Ross, the school’s sponsor
Sir Geoff Hurst MBE today officially opened Bobby Moore Academy, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s brand new secondary school. The school, which opened its doors for the first time to secondary students in September 2018, is part of the David Ross Education Trust.
At the opening event, Sir Geoff spoke to students and guests from the local community about the significance of the new school being named in Bobby Moore’s honour, as well as the World Cup winning captain’s values. Sir Geoff also toured the new school and spent time watching Bobby Moore Academy’s football team train on the pitch its students use next to West Ham United’s ground at the London Stadium.
Sir Geoff Hurst MBE said: “It is a tremendous privilege to open this fantastic school in Bobby Moore’s honour. Bobby would be proud to have his name associated with a school just a stone’s throw from where he grew up. From spending time here today with students, parents and teachers, the sense of community pride there is in Bobby Moore Academy and excitement about what this school will do for generations to come is clear for all to see. It is a wonderful school and a fitting tribute to a man who led by example, believed in something, worked tirelessly to achieve it and did so with dignity and humility.”
Bobby Moore Academy’s primary and secondary schools, will provide an outstanding education to more than 1,500 children and in 2022 the school’s Sixth Form will open allowing students to study for their A-levels. Set within the stunning Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Bobby Moore Academy was developed in partnership with the David Ross Education Trust and the London Legacy Development Committee (LLDC).
David Ross, Sponsor and Chairman, of the David Ross Education Trust, said: “Our vision for Bobby Moore Academy was to create a lasting legacy from London 2012. Ours is a new school with a traditional focus on academic excellence, mutual respect, and a belief in the importance of creating opportunities that allow our students to experience all that life has to offer outside of the classroom. I would like to thank Sir Geoff Hurst MBE for officially opening our school today. His inspirational words remind us all about what it means for us to represent Bobby Moore Academy. I would also like to thank Stephanie Moore for her tremendous support of our new school. It is a school that our community can be rightly proud of.”
Paul Brickell, Executive Director of Regeneration and Community Partnerships, London Legacy Development Corporation, said: “It has been great working with David Ross Education Trust on this superb new school in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. It is so exciting to think that Bobby Moore Academy students will have some of the world’s best sporting venues, cultural institutions and universities on their doorstep and, when they leave, will have the chance to study at those universities or to work for cutting edge tech and creative businesses right here on the Park, or indeed start one of their own!”