Ark Evelyn Grace Academy
Lambeth, United Kingdom
About Ark Evelyn Grace Academy
Evelyn Grace Academy opened in September 2008 for 180 year 7 students, and specialises in mathematics and sports.
The academy’s passionate staff work extremely hard to help Evelyn Grace students to become leaders of tomorrow in every walk of life. The academy's core values of excellence, endeavour and self-discipline help equip the students with the skills, self belief and motivation to achieve high standards.
The academy is divided into two key stages (KS3 and KS4) under the overall leadership of the Principal. When fully occupied, the school will run from year seven to sixth form. Evelyn Grace Academy is based in state-of-the-art accommodation designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid and won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2011.
Aims, Vision and Values
The core values are central to our work and underpin our daily activities. We talk about the core values during assemblies, lessons and meal times and we ensure students understand and demonstrate them in all aspects of academy life:
- Excellence: We believe that all of us will learn and every student can achieve excellence.
- Endeavour: We believe that we achieve great things through hard work. This means that we do what it takes to get it right and to achieve excellence.
- Self Discipline: We believe that we all have the right to work and learn in an industrious, orderly and respectful environment.
Evelyn Grace Academy believes that all children should leave school with a firm foundation in the key areas of English and mathematics. The academy believes it is important to put depth of the curriculum before breadth. The curriculum is designed to allow additional time to be spent on these subjects where necessary, so that every student acquires the high levels of numeracy and literacy needed to take on the full range of subjects with confidence. English and mathematics programmes provide extension classes for gifted and talented students and well structured programmes for those who require additional help to catch up.
Extensive specialist programmes in mathematics, sports and music are a key feature of the academy. The academy teaches the higher level mathematical concepts and skills which will be in high demand in the work places of the future. Evelyn Grace has employed a range of sports coaches to support and lead the delivery of aspects of this innovative programme. The sports programmes enable students to develop high skill levels and achieve success in competition in a wide range of team and individual sports.
The goal is to enable every student to first participate in a range of sporting and musical activities and then to have the opportunity to specialise in those areas where the individual student might have a particular interest or aptitude.
Evelyn Grace Academy was praised by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Chief Inspector of Ofsted, as a “good school on the edge of outstanding”. The school was rated as good in all categories in March 2014 with lessons being “characterised by high expectations and very good relationships between teachers and students. Read the full report here.
The Ark network
Evelyn Grace Academy is part of Ark, an international charity transforming lives through education. Ark has 38 schools across the UK in Birmingham, Hastings, London and Portsmouth. Ark exists to give every young person, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life. Ark schools are all non-selective and in areas where they can make the biggest difference.
Read more about Ark: http://arkonline.org/