The aggressive swagger of Zaha Hadid’s Evelyn Grace Academy reflects the hard-edged dynamism found within the school itself
’Some people think we are too strict here,” says principal Peter Walker, as we stroll through the sweeping corridors of his new Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton, south London, orderly students shuffling past in silent reverence. “But you must understand that self discipline is one of our three core values.” As he talks me through the other core values of excellence and endeavour, as well as “depth before breadth” and “the 100% concept”, Walker has the assured tone and accomplished rhetoric of a high-flying business executive...
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Originally published in BD, 22 October 2010