The Evelyn Grace Academy opened its doors for the first time when principal, Peter Walker, welcomed students at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday, September 13.
The academy is run by UK education charity ‘ARK Schools’, the state-of-the-art building was designed by internationally renowned architects Zaha Hadid which is responsible for designing the London Aquatics Centre for the 2012 Olympic Games.
The academy school, which is situated between Loughborough Park and Shakespeare Road, is developing a new approach to secondary school education based on the highest expectations for all students. Each student belongs to a small school within the academy. There is a compulsory longer academy day which runs until 5pm, four days a week and a strict code of conduct for students. More teaching time is devoted to English, Maths, Sport and Music, and at the heart of academy’s mission is the drive to enable all students to become the ‘leaders of tomorrow in very walk of life’.
Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services, Cllr Pete Robbins, said:
“The school has been beautifully designed and I am sure that the students who have already made such a solid start to their school life, as well as the new intake of students, will flourish thanks to the new state-of-the-facilities they will have at their disposal. This school is a welcome addition to Lambeth’s family of secondary schools and I look forward to seeing it progress in the future and fulfil its ambitious school ethos.”
The Academy first opened on September 1, 2008, in temporary accommodation delivered by Lambeth’s Building Schools for the Future team in Somerleyton Road, with an intake of 180 year seven students. Since then a talented staff team committed to the academy’s ground-breaking mission has been appointed. Students now in year eight and nine have made excellent progress and will benefit from specialist facilities and a distinctive running track which lies at the heart of the campus.