Welcome letter from the new Principal

Monday 04 September 2017

An introduction from the new Principal of ARK Evelyn Grace Academy                                        

I am writing to introduce myself as the new Principal of ARK Evelyn Grace Academy and share my vision for the future of the school.

I previously co-founded an outstanding ARK school in Brent, Ark Academy, where I served the families and communities of Stonebridge, Harlesden and Chalkhill. I cannot tell you how excited and honoured I am to now serve the families of Brixton. I wish to work with all our parents by building on the firm foundations that already exist and build and cultivate its reputation for great teaching, exemplary behaviour and unrivalled opportunities beyond the classroom.

I have spent the last four months planning and recruiting for September. This has meant I have already met many of our children. They have greatly impressed me by how welcoming they have been. They have spoken passionately about the academy and these experiences have made me all the more excited about the future. I was particularly impressed by our year 10 cohort who sold me, along with a host of entrepreneurs, their business project ideas, as part of a ‘trading game’ activity they had been involved in. I was also warmed by the sight of our new year 7 students collecting their rewards and certificates at the graduation ceremony of their excellent Saturday morning induction programme, which was running over 6 weeks. If these two insights into life at Evelyn Grace are in any way reflective of the students’ drive and desire to succeed, then I believe that we have the firm foundations to build a truly exceptional school.

I believe that schools are not just places; they are journeys. My aim is that by the end of every journey, each student will leave, having become cleverer and kinder. It will not always be easy, but we are clear that with hard work, we can achieve anything. We do not want any student to put a ceiling on their ambitions, as the more they learn and grow the more they will accomplish. It is the job of schools and parents to help children realise their talents and flourish. We will work relentlessly to help your child secure a very bright future for themselves.

I have been given firm foundations to work on, as the academy was inspected by OFSTED in June and they drew some very positive conclusions:

“Pupils’ behaviour is exceptionally strong and has a positive impact on their social skills, personal development and learning”                                                                                                  

 “There is a studious, mature learning environment in classes and around the school. Pupils are engaged and participate in their learning and are proud of their achievements.” Ofsted, June 2017

My task is to now make this school great and thereby ensure that every student leaves the academy qualified and ready to compete for the very best positions in their chosen careers.

If you are interested in securing a place at ARK Evelyn Grace Academy, please come and visit us at one of our open mornings or our open evening. The dates for these events are below:

Year 6 Open Mornings
Monday 25th September 9.00 am – 10.30 am
Tuesday 26th September 9.00 am – 10.30 am
Wednesday 27th September 9.00 am – 10.30 am

Please call on us on 0207 737 9520 to book a place.

Year 6 Open Evenings
Thursday 28th September 4.00 pm – 7.30 pm

Sixth Form Open Evenings
Thursday 9th November 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm

I look forward to meeting you.

Tim Dainty
ARK Evelyn Grace Academy