The history of the Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Education Trust (WSSET)
The Wapping and Shadwell Secondary Education Trust (WSSET) is a not for profit organisation run by parents and local residents who are determined to improve the choice of education provision for local children.
The Trust was originally set up by a group of parents with the specific intention of campaigning for a new school for Wapping, Shadwell and Limehouse. The group has been actively campaigning since 2009 and founded the Trust in October 2010.
The campaign for Wapping High School was supported by more than 500 families representing over 700 children. We were also supported by Jim Fitzpatrick MP, London Assembly Member John Biggs and Dame Helen Mirren.
In October 2010, the Department for Education (DfE) approved our application to open a Free School. The Trust worked closely with the DfE to get the school ready for opening in September 2012. Following the successful opening of the school, the Trust continues to run the charity that oversees the school.
Consultation over the plans to open Wapping High School started in 2009. A period of statutory consultation took place from 26 March 2012 to 4 May 2012. The results of the Statutory Consultation reflect the community and responses to the consultation survey demonstrated that there was considerable support for the creation of Wapping High School.