The Boxing Academy started life as a small community project in a boxing gym in Tottenham. It was registered as a charity in 2007 and, with the support of Gladesmore Community School, opened its doors to 12 students in the first year. They studied a reduced curriculum of English and Maths GCSE, and a BTEC in Sport.
Anna Cain was appointed Chief Executive in 2009 and in 2010 she opened a new provision in our current site on Hackney Grove. Unfortunately we were forced to close the Tottenham site in 2012 after a search for suitable premises in Haringey was unsuccessful. As the Academy grew to 40 students the curriculum expanded to 5 GCSEs and results improved year on year. The Academy was registered as an Independent School in 2014 and underwent an Ofsted inspection in November 2016 resulting in the grading of 'Good' overall, with 'Outstanding' for Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare (you can read the report here).
Since 2010 the Boxing Academy has been the grateful beneficiary of support from many funders, including Comic Relief, the Stone Family Foundation and Garfield Weston Foundation. It has received a number of national awards:
2011: Centre for Social Justice Award
2014: Community Sport Project of the Year, Pride of Sport Awards (Daily Mirror & Sport England)
2015: Best Newcomer Award (2-49 employees), Investors in People
2016: The Charity Awards: Education and Training
2017: Tes Alternative Provision School of the Year