Ark Elvin Academy gets a facelift

ARK Elvin Academy in Wembley has received a much-needed facelift before term starts in September. The academy, on Cecil Avenue, was previously Copland Community School before it was added to the ARK family of academies and renamed in honour of local First World War hero, Arthur Elvin. To aid this transition, the school has been given a fresh new look with the support of over 130 volunteers.

To mark a new chapter in the school’s history, the volunteers – including  pupils and staff from the school, members of the local community, staff from ARK central office, and companies such as Eversheds, Bouygues and Hewlett Packard – got to work over the summer holidays, cleaning up the school grounds and giving it a fresh coat of paint. The vital works have been carried out in partnership with Brent Council and with support and donations from the local Dulux Decorator Centre and Burlington Home Interiors, a blind and shutter company.

As well as the classrooms and corridors, the team painted the academy’s new logo in the main courtyard, which is made up of a purple torch bearing the letters ‘AEA’ with a yellow flame forming the shape of a lion’s head. They then used the leftover purple paint to paint all classroom doors and radiators to match the academy’s new logo as well as repairs and decoration to the music rooms.

Annabel Bates, the principal, said:

“I want to thank everyone who gave their time over the summer to help improve the look and feel of our school. This will give a real boost to pupils and staff as they come back from their holidays and begin the new term.

“The paint Dulux donated has helped us to give the building a new lease of life, to commemorate the start of a new chapter for staff and pupils. I would also like to thank Brent Council for its valuable support. This is all part of our plan to improve our local school – we will now be focusing on transforming standards of learning for all pupils.”