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The late Sir Clive Bourne was the sponsor and the inspiration behind Mossbourne and his spirit still imbues the fabric of all the schools within the Federation.
He believed that the children of Hackney were being incorrectly blamed for the failure of schools in the borough to reach good educational standards and that the real reasons lay elsewhere. As a successful businessman, who started his working life in Hackney, he believed that the problem lay with the schools and not with the students, that there too low expectations and assumptions about what Hackney children could achieve. “OK was good enough” was not a mantra he was prepared to put up with.