Evelyn Grace Academy - new school in east Brixton

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by lang rabbie, Aug 12, 2007.

  1. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  2. Ms Ordinary

    Ms Ordinary randompointlesschemistry

    Yes, that's exactly what it sounds like, in the playground outside.
    But having met some of the teachers, & from the teaching methods they described, it doesn't sound as if the lessons themselves are like that.
    I was impressed with the teachers, they seemed really engaging. It was an evening so there weren't any pupils there, but they certainly had no problems interesting the visiting children.

    In this article, it's described as an "American-style 'no-excuses' school" and it definitely seems to be modelling itself as something like this.
  3. whitedove

    whitedove Active Member

    Thankyou ..yes he is all healed now..however not emotionally.I thought It was a great school when I went for all the meetings and tours ect..but it dont seem to make a difference how good a school is accademicaly.It does not prepare you for the thugs that attend it...
  4. whitedove

    whitedove Active Member

    Yep homework is given as well.They were so strict it was like a bootcamp...my son hardly did any work in the three weeks he was there,, just got them write out over and over again all the school rules and regulations..more like a military school than anything...they seem to be obcessed with that side of things,,my son was given detention one evening after he forgot to bring in his water bottle.he never got home until after 6pm and then still had homework to do...
  5. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    A mate of mine has a different experience. Her grandson was bright but wayward at primary school and in trouble all the time because he was bored at never having enough to do. He'd get through work really fast and then play up. He loves Evelyn Grace.
  6. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Also I walk past it early every morning and there are loads of kids there way before they need to be, some walking along with staff towards the school and just looking really happy to be there, engaging with the caretaker bloke as well as the teachers and it seems a really happy school.
  7. Ms Ordinary

    Ms Ordinary randompointlesschemistry

    That's encouraging - it was the only school we've visited where they didn't have pupils at the open evening, so couldn't judge the interactions.

    The reason for pupils not being there was given that it wouldn't be fair after a long day, which is understandable. And it sounds like the long day does give them time for extra sport & music (as well as lesson support) which I'm all in favour of. Also they have proper cookery lessons...

    I've been looking back at old threads from 5 or so years ago, when the secondary school situation round here was dire - things have really changed since then!
  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    The thing that gets me about the "Academy" programme is that it was touted as bringing more variety and choice for parents.

    As it seems that there are different opinions on this school and its ethos i wonder how much choice parents really have.

    If thats the only school nearby to where you live i dont see hoe that gives parents a choice in reality.
  9. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    Well, there's fuck all choice in Lambeth anyway thanks to school sell-offs.
  10. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    I believe the idea of "Academy" schools was modelled on the model.

    And of course the Tories started it with City Technology Colleges.Though they did not pursue it to the extent of New Labour.
  11. spanglechick

    spanglechick High Empress of Dressing Up

    i should declare an interest in that i work in an acedmy - and in our case the differences that make it an academy are really shaping up. we're not selective - we were more or less failing five years ago, and admissions aren't high enough to be selective. if they were - i dunno if we would.

    anyway - academies can be great - our sponsor (Lord Harris of Peckham) is a genuinely brilliant philanthropist with no agenda other than providing outstanding education for kids in very deprived parts of south london. But the potential is alarming. Despite the happy circumstance that makes ours fab - it could be so, so horribly wrong.

    as for evelyn grace - i kind of know someone who works there and he spoke of the discipline in awed tones. Whatever the philosophical consequences, it must be such a treat to just be able to get on with teaching.
  12. Bob

    Bob Rusesabagina for a nobel

    The guy I know who teaches there absolutely loves it - and says it's great.

    That said he is, just like Spanglechick, very aware that this doesn't apply to all Academies.
  13. Ms Ordinary

    Ms Ordinary randompointlesschemistry

    But it certainly looks as though there's much more choice than a couple of years ago?

    Both Evelyn Grace & Elmgreen are completely new*, and Stockwell & Lambeth Academy have shiny new buildings & good reports (I'm not sure if Lambeth Academy is on the site of an existing school or not) - and all are non-selective, co-ed & secular, even if their philosophies / methods seem to vary a fair bit. And Norwood School now has boys, so that's one more co-ed (too far away for us though).

    Parents that I know don't seem overly worried by sending their kids to any of those schools, though in practice I think you effectively only have the 'choice' of your closest one :rolleyes:

    It is just a bit unnerving how they all seem so NEW and wildly different from each other though, and some of the newness seems a bit gimmicky... and sometimes educational experiments do fail badly, or go horribly wrong if the original leadership moves on...

    But I think 5 of our 6 choices will be Lambeth schools - 5 years ago it would have been the other round.

    *new compared to 2 years ago, at least, even if they are only replacing the places lost when the other school sites were sold off.
  14. Ms Ordinary

    Ms Ordinary randompointlesschemistry

  15. TheSundayTimes

    TheSundayTimes Banned Banned

    This is the Sunday Times commenting. David James Smith . David James Smith discussed the Evelyn Grace academy in his article on Sunday, and will be online tomorrow from 1pm to answer any queries and comments you may have about his article [lurking behind that cunt Murdoch's paywall] Readers can contact him via a site that [lurks behind that cunt Murdoch's paywall]

    We look forward to hearning your thoughts on the new academy!
  16. Crispy

    Crispy The following psytrance is baŠĻČned: All

    Did you not read the rules?

    So with no offence intended, stick it up your arse :)
  17. Tricky Skills

    Tricky Skills Well-Known Member

    Switch yer stinkin' paywall off and I may just be interested :hmm:
  18. happyshopper

    happyshopper Well-Known Member

  19. caz111

    caz111 New Member

  20. teuchter

    teuchter je suis teuchter

  21. Ms Ordinary

    Ms Ordinary randompointlesschemistry

    Just noticed this on the *cough*Herne Hill Forum *cough*

    11am - wonder if the pupils will be there, or if they'll all be bussed out for a carol service or summat :D
  22. Winot

    Winot I wholeheartedley agree with your viewpoint

    The Zaha Hadid building is on the shortlist for the Stirling prize.
  23. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    Good stuff. Although Zaha Hadid won it last year and I don't think anyone has won it two years running. Could be a first..!
  24. Laughing Toad

    Laughing Toad Turn the volume down please.

  25. My child has been allocated a place at Evelyn Grace School this September. Any Forum members have kids there? Would be good to get any feedback as I know nothing about the school. Thanks.
  26. Rushy

    Rushy AKA some / certain posters

    And it was!
  27. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I've only ever been there to do a TED talk and I liked the look of the building, although all the kids I met were of the opinion that it looked 'unfinished.'

    Sorry, I know that's not very helpful.
  28. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    Read over this thread. I don't have children. But I've heard, despite the modern building, its not that progressive in the way it sees education.
  29. Mycattoots

    Mycattoots New Member

    Can anyone give me some current feedback on this school? We have been offered a place for our son in September. I am very keen to hear from parents with children at the school.
  30. Mycattoots

    Mycattoots New Member

    Can anyone give me some current feedback on this school? We have been offered a place for our son in September. I am very keen to hear from parents with children at the school.

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