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Welcome from the Principal

The Askean Message

A warm welcome. I am the Principal here at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College. 

Young people face a number of challenges in the world today, now more so than ever. Here at Hatcham College, we want to support each pupil in navigating their way to live a happy and successful life, at the College and beyond. We drive our young people to achieve the best academic qualifications they can whilst finding out who they are, what they stand for and what they have to offer.


Our Askean culture and ethos is a special one. It really is. Our talented and committed staff play a pivotal role in enabling our young people to become those who develop connections, consideration for others, cultural appreciation, confidence and character. We are very proud to be a diverse and inclusive community and we want every child, young person and member of our staff; regardless of where they are from and who they, to thrive and believe that they can and will achieve great things.

The Askean journey from Years 7 to 13 has taken and continues to take many of our students to Russell Group, Oxbridge Universities and/or on Competitive Apprenticeship Programmes. Our Sixth Form students are career aware, hard-working, resilient, innovative, creative and passionate about their subjects. All of them regularly go above and beyond in their studies and their final destinations are a testament to the successful collaboration not only between the students, teachers, staff and families that we work with but also with the Haberdashers’ Company.

We are delighted to be part of the Federation that has been serving schools since 1875. Our founder Robert Aske wanted to provide an education for all children. Although the educational landscape and the way schools are organised are constantly changing, the foundations of Hatcham College and its long-standing traditions, have not. Robert Aske’s legacy continues to be alive in all the work that we do. Our motto, “Serve and obey” should be brought into the modern age and as I say to our young people, “We serve our community and obey our conscience”. At the heart of an Askean education lies the College and Federation’s core values of aspiration and achievement, personal responsibility, self-discipline and mutual respect.

We are very fortunate to have the interest and support of many members including the Worshipful Company of Haberdashers, our Federation, The Local Governing Body chaired by William Macpherson, the Alumni (Boys and Girls) and our Parent Association, Friends of Aske’s. They all play a vital role in not only holding us to account but providing us with both regular challenge and support. Not many schools can claim such an alliance and I am grateful for all the work we have done together during my time here making Hatcham College an even stronger provider for our students. We all want the very best for them.

As parents and carers, we value your contributions and I welcome an open dialogue with you. Staff and I wish to see our students be the best version of themselves wherever their talents and interests may take them. Our recent musical auditions involved over 100 children from across the College. As Music Specialist College, we also pride ourselves on opening doors for sport, drama, languages and computing. I believe that our students will in time influence and shape progress in economic, scientific, environmental, spiritual, artistic and digital advances in our own country and around the world in years to come.

We wish to see all of our students flourish and hope that they build fulfilling and happy memories of their time at Hatcham College that will remain with them forever.


Seema Solani


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