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The Hackney Pirates and their Ship of Adventure

Hackney resident and former teacher Catriona Maclay believed that, with some additional support, young people who have fewer opportunities and are falling behind could become fully rounded learners who are able to achieve at school and in the wider world. As a result the Hackney Pirates were founded in 2010 and this has become their vision.

The Hackney Pirates work with around 140 young people a year aged 9-12 years old. The pirates are referred by their schools and are young people who are disadvantaged in their personal circumstances and / or are underachieving in some way at school. They are not generally young people who are entitled to additional support but who are deemed to be unlikely to receive 5 or more A*-C at GCSE. 

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