Stationers’ Company sponsors First Academy for the Media Industry

The start of the new academic year will see an important first for the Communications and Content industries with the opening of the Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy in Greenwich.

This new Academy will be the first in the UK to specialise in digital media, preparing generations of young people for the digital age and encouraging some of them to consider careers in our industries. It will be sponsored by the Stationers’ Company.

In September 2014 Crown Woods College in Greenwich will convert to academy status, with the new name of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, and join Leigh Academies Trust along with its seven other academies, all located in South East London. Other sponsors will be Ravensbourne and the University of Greenwich. The school has been on an upwards path in recent years; benefitting from highly effective leadership, a £50 million investment in new facilities and improving results; it is heavily over-subscribed. The Stationers’ Company says they are investing considerable time, money and resources to implement the new digital media curriculum and to help drive the Academy to an Ofsted rating of ‘outstanding’.

Kevin Dewey, Past Master of the Stationers’ Company and a Governor Designate of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, commented: “The Stationers’ Company is very proud to be the sponsor of this new academy. We have a long history of supporting education and we look forward to improving the outcomes of the students through using our Members’ and their contacts in the industry to develop the new digital media curriculum and provide mentoring, work experience, investment in specialist teaching equipment, careers advice, apprenticeships and job opportunities. We will also provide a fund for disadvantaged students. We are most fortunate to have found an educational partner in Leigh Academies Trust, which has an outstanding record in managing academies.”

Michael Murphy, Principal Designate of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy, added: “Our conversion as an Academy in September is another key moment in what has been a long and often illustrious history of Crown Woods. From an icon of the comprehensive ideal at our founding through rebirth as a college based on the ‘human scale’, we have embraced innovation and progress. Our partnership with the Stationers’ Company and membership of Leigh Academies Trust will undoubtedly enhance the opportunities and life chances of our students and enrich the community we serve.”

The Stationers’ Company would welcome support for the new Academy from individuals and businesses throughout the Communications and Content industries. Those who are interested in helping with this exciting new initiative should contact the Clerk, William Alden, by email at

About The Stationers’ Company

The Stationers' Company says: “The Stationers' Company is the City of London Livery Company for the Communications and Content industries. The Company’s mission is to be recognised as the most effective independent forum in the UK Communications and Content industries, actively contributing to the strategic development, success and education of these industries. The majority of our members work in or supply the paper, print, publishing, packaging, office products, newspaper, and broadcasting and online media industries.”