City Heights academy gets green light for Brixton Somerleyton Road

CHBy Laurice Laird

A new secondary school academy has been given the final go-ahead for a temporary site on Somerleyton Road, Brixton

The new City Heights E-ACT academy, costing £18.5 million, was granted permission to proceed at a ‘readiness for opening’ meeting by the Department for Education.

The meeting established that the academy is prepared to open this September, and will receive support from Dulwich College, in conjuction with E-ACT, to support the  development of the curriculum.

Louise Duthart, director of business and resource, said: “There’s a lot of extra secondary places needed. We were supposed to open next year, but because there were going to be more secondary school pupils than secondary school places, we were asked to open this year.”

“It’s just year 7 because it’s a brand new school. Next year the year 7’s will become year 8’s and the school will gradually be built up. It’ll have the national curriculum, it’s a language specialist school. They’ll be teaching Japanese and French etc as well as extra curricular activities like sewing and a community choir.”

Jim Henderson, Principal of City Heights E-ACT Academy
Jim Henderson, Principal of City Heights E-ACT Academy

When asked about the academy move from the Somerleyton road site to Christchurch Road in 2014, she said: “Children are very adaptable; they’ll see it as an adventure.”

The school will operate on the previous Grace Academy site on Somerleyton Road, before moving permanently to the multi-million pound campus on Christchurch Road.


  1. Dear Brixton Blog,

    Many thanks for featuring our new school. We are very excited about opening and about spending a year in our temporary home in central Brixton. We have a specialism in languages, focussing on Spanish in year 7 and we hope to link up with lots of the Latin American stall holders in the market to find out more about Latin-American language, food and culture.
    We have got open events running in September and October. Do visit our website to find out more.

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