Concordia Academy has been on quite a journey. The primary free school opened in 2016 on a temporary site that wasn’t ready, so the first cohort of children spent six weeks based at another school in the trust – REAch2. Students made do with one room that was not designed for teaching.
When the temporary portakabins arrived, they had no electricity, heating or water. They were also three kilometres away from the school’s catchment area in Romford, which meant two years of busing students to school.