Brixton’s Evelyn Grace Academy celebrates GCSE success

Devon Hanson - Principal
Devon Hanson, principal at Evelyn Grace Academy

Students at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton celebrated their first ever GCSE results last August.

The results, published on the official secondary school league table on January 23, state that 58% of students achieved at least five A*- C grades including Maths and English. Overall, 77% of students achieved at least five A*- C grades.

Devon Hanson, principal of Evelyn Grace Academy, said: “Everyone at Evelyn Grace Academy is tremendously proud of the achievements of our founding cadre of students. It represents a major milestone in the development of our academy.”

The Academy witnessed impressive individual performances from Vicente Conte-Coutu who passed 10 GCSE’s with 9 at A*/A grades, Keanna Williams passed 10 GCSE’s with 9 at A*/A grades and Damian Boguslawski passed 10 GCSE’s with 7 at A*/A grades.

Vicente Conte said: “I think these results are important. They are the first set of results that show what type of skills you have and what you can offer to a job. We’ve got good teachers at Evelyn Grace but you also need to have your own self-motivation.”

High achievements were also witnessed in the mathematics department with 79% of students achieving grades A*- C.

Mark Critchard, Head of Maths at Evelyn Grace Academy, said: “The approach to teaching mathematics at Evelyn Grace plays a large part in the success we have seen in the progress of our students’ mathematical ability across all year groups. We teach Maths Mastery and focus on depth of understanding before breadth.”

The Evelyn Grace Academy is part of the ARK Schools network who are celebrating another year of improved GCSE results. ARK schools has seen a rise from 56% to 61% in the number of students getting 5 A*- C grades. Since becoming an ARK school, on average there has been a 34% improvement in results in schools open more than a year before pupils took their GCSE’s.

The Academy appears to be going from strength to strength after also being the first school to win the Stirling Prize for Architecture, beating the Olympic Velodrome for the £20,000  award.


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