Hackney school wins ‘silver’ in Olympics-inspired competition

Students from Cardinal Pole Catholic School in Hackney came up trumps at The Auditorium in central London last week (Friday 18 Feb) with their ideas for job-related community events that could take place in the future Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The Hackney students were runners up in the "Make it our Future" project (won by Lammas School and Sports College in Waltham Forest) run by the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC) and Westfield Stratford City.

They suggested a week long event in the Park showcasing careers in fashion, retail, catering, sport, design and music and the performing arts, with guest speakers and taster sessions, and a concert and performances at the end of the week.

Cabinet member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Cllr Guy Nicholson, said: “We are all really proud of our silver medal winners. The team put together a thoughtful and imaginative proposal that showed a real understanding of life in Hackney.”

The Make it our Future project has seen staff from the OPLC and Westfield Stratford City visit schools in Waltham Forest, Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets over the last three months to talk 350 pupils through their ambition to transform the area with new homes, shops, sports venues and community facilities.

The school workshops over the last three months have included everything from the positive regeneration impacts of the Olympic Park and Westfield Stratford City to understanding their effects on the local community.

For more information about how Hackney schools are becoming involved in the 2012 Games see

Pic attached - Cardinal Pole Catholic School in Hackney with Bob Neill MP