A Specialist Sports and Science College, The Urswick School is a Voluntary Aided Church of England Secondary School in the heart of Hackney. Since 2008 the school has been transformed both in terms of facilities and exam success, doubling GCSE results over three years, and establishing high standards of behaviour for its students. The school, which has 150 pupils in each Year Group, is named in tribute to Christopher Urswick who founded free education in Hackney in 1520. Although a Christian school, The Urswick School has an inclusive policy, with 50% of pupils being admitted via the Community Criteria, i.e. proximity to the school. Nearly 50 languages are spoken in the school and all faiths and cultural backgrounds are valued, with the school’s mission statement being “Believe and Achieve”.
Participating students :left to right :
Mase Lewis, Jeneba Jallow, Ms Matthews (Drama teacher), Helin Polat,
Shamim Ahmed, Ashley Clarke
Chizzy Akudolu (mentor)
In 2002, Akudolu was one of eight new comedy performers who won the BBC Talent Initiative, The Urban Sketch Showcase. Her first television appearance was in the BBC sitcom 15 Storeys High. This was followed by a small role in EastEnders. She continued to work for the BBC in her first children’s series called Stupid! and Roman’s Empire. Credits also include Green Wing, Dustbin Baby for Kindle Entertainment. The Most Unromantic Man in the World. Akudolu also played Miss Kanouti in The Complete Guide to Parenting. Has continued to work for CBBC in programmes such as Nuzzle and Scratch, Scoop and Gigglebiz. Chizzy toured with The Vagina Monologues for three months and played the housemate, Angel, in Dead Set. In 2009, she had a guest role in Hollyoaks Later and starred in the CBBC show Jinx in the lead role as the unconventional Fairy Godmother, Cookie. In 2010 Akudolu appeared in The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret, Twenty Twelve, The Inbetweeners, Campus. Chizzy can now been seen as Mo Effanga in Holby City. She was nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the Black International Film Festival and Music Video & Screen Awards