Build a New Spark

What’s happening at the Belgrave build?

 

Many of you might be wondering what’s happening at our Belgrave branch at the moment. When you left at the end of the summer term, our supremely capable construction team had already started knocking down the old to make way for the new. They’re literally helping to build a new future for Spark.

How is the building changing?

 

This expansion is helping Spark to go up in the world – quite literally as for the first time we’ll have a second storey extension! The upstairs will house one of our impressive state of the art classrooms and represents all the values that Spark encompasses. Furthermore, the new building will showcase our desire for a modern approach to tuition and our belief in providing a positive environment to work and study in. Belgrave is about to become a community hub of learning. It will provide our students and parents with a space to learn, laugh and really make the most of their time with us. In addition, the benefits of the centre will extend to the staff as well as students. For example, there will be fabulous new office spaces for Mital and Nidhi, and a zen garden to keep us grounded and relaxed.

What are we looking forward to?

 

Nic is most looking forward to creating a green space on Melton Road for relaxation. She is excited to introduce an eco-friendly vibe to the centre too. Nidhi is not just excited about the bigger kitchen, but also the brighter reception space. Our brighter entrance will definitely match her role as Chief Happiness Operator!

Chris can’t wait to hold his Year 12 and 13 classes in our specially designed upper-level A-level space. Mital is anticipating her personalised new office. Soon she’ll have somewhere to hold the meetings, make the phone calls and continue her tireless effects to develop Spark.

I could go on to describe how we’re reducing Spark’s carbon footprints with LED lights and recycling areas. It would be easy to talk about building a space full of natural light with more windows. I could also mention the set of French doors out to our zen garden. Or I might talk for hours about our vision for the new décor inside. I think you understand our excitement!

So… when are you moving in?

 

We haven’t got an official move in date yet. Although the build has taken slightly longer than we thought, it won’t be long before Spark is back on Melton Road where it belongs. As the saying goes ‘good things come to those who wait…

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Welcome Back to Spark

Now we’re a few weeks into our Autumn term, I think it’s time for an official welcome…

Welcome back to Spark Academy and to the exciting launch of our brand-new blog! Run by me, Rebecca, Spark Ideas is your weekly look into our inner workings. Moreover, it’s a chance for you to pick up useful tips, learn more about what’s happening at Spark every week and get to know our whole team. Everyone will have chance to take their turn behind the wheel.

What can you expect from Spark this year?

 

Well, things are starting to look a little different here, with our new website and blog and the fantastic renovations underway at our Belgrave branch. Underneath the shiny new surface we’re still working just as hard to provide you with the best tuition service possible.

Since we came back from summer, our team has been bunkered down at Manor High School each day. It’s fantastic to build more on our relationship with Manor. In fact, you can even find us this week at Manor’s open evening on Thursday 21st.

Has the team changed at all?

 

Yes – our team has been getting bigger! We’ve been enjoying getting to know our new members of staff and introducing them to all things Spark. Gemma, Charlotte, Katherine and Vikz have all brought their own unique styles, skills and personality to Spark. They’re also working to further enrich our lessons, captivate our classes and develop our students to their full potential. By now all of our new teachers are settling in well and are enjoying teaching classes at Spark!

Have a look at our staff page to learn more about our fantastic team: https://spark-academy.co.uk/about/our-team/

Our growing team will also mean we can work on more exciting projects and build on the already strong relationships we have developed with schools in Leicester. This year is all about growing: growing Spark, growing the team and growing you! We’re diving straight in to what we enjoy most – providing interactive, individualised lessons for our classes, in both existing and new subjects.

In English Charlotte and I are making strides to plan new and interactive lessons for both our primary and secondary Sparkies. We want to share our passion and to show the impact of literacy in the ‘real world’. Nic is welcoming the addition of A-level Physics and new Creative Science Investigations for Year 7 and 8. CSI promises a fun and practical approach to ‘outside of the box’ science in real life. The Maths Department is growing rapidly to welcome more staff and more classes; Chris is thrilled to be providing tuition in Mechanics and Statistics alongside his Core A-Level Maths lessons.

The best part is – this is only the beginning! This year Spark is going to be bigger and better than ever before. Importantly for you, at Spark Ideas I’ll make sure that you’re with us every step of the way.

Spark Academy shortlists for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards!

 

It has just been announced that Leicester based Spark Academy has been shortlisted for the 2017 NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards in the Small Business of the Year award.

 

Spark Academy, an after school tuition provider founded by Mital Thanki, a former teacher, entrepreneur and Leicester local, beat off some tough competition in order to make the regional shortlist. Over 1000 businesses entered the awards nationally across the wide range of categories.

 

Now in its fifth year, the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards has celebrated some amazing entrepreneurs over the years, many of whom are now household names. Past winners include David Buttress of Just Eat, Julie Deane of The Cambridge Satchel Company, James Watt of BrewDog and Alexander Solomou of TheLADBible Group.

 

Founder and CEO, Mital Thanki, said:

We are incredibly passionate in helping young people believe in themselves. We create exciting learning experiences and are driven to seeing pupil progress. I am incredibly proud that my teams’ tireless efforts in making quality education affordable for all is being recognised.

 

Creator of the Awards, Francesca James, said:

We have been inundated with some incredible entries this year, and all shortlisted applicants should be extremely proud of themselves! This year has seen a record number of entrants and we’ve been absolutely blown away by the strength and diversity of applications.

 

We cannot wait to celebrate entrepreneurship across Great Britain with them, and put a spotlight on the incredible talent within the British entrepreneur ecosystem.

 

Gordon Merrylees, Head of Entrepreneurship at NatWest said: “I want to thank all of the entrepreneurs who entered this year and congratulate those who have been shortlisted, I look forward to seeing them at the regional finals.”

 

“It is clear that entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well and NatWest is thrilled to be able to support these awards to celebrate success with the businesses that are the lifeblood of the UK Economy as they start, scale and succeed.”

 

The NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards will celebrate entrepreneurship across a number of categories at 5 gala finals across the UK, including; Cardiff, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester & London. You can find more information about the awards and the ceremonies here: www.greatbritishentrepreneurawards.com.