About the Atkins Family

The Atkins Family consists of three companies owned by John Atkins and Evalena Styf.

Founded in 2008, Atkins Academy started out as a web based English Academy with the intention of offering food for thought and a little something for anyone who shared our passion for the English language. Since then, the company has grown and we are no longer “just” an online phenomenon.

From the outset, we have been offering mentoring and private tuition services to the local Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) market. Working with disadvantaged young people and their parents and carers, we have gained an in-depth understanding of what we now consider to be a local problem that needs local solutions. This led us to formulate a plan for a new organisational set-up with a strong Scandiribbean focus. As of September 2010, Atkins Academy is a bona fide college offering adult learning in a range of subjects from beginner’s level up to degree level preparation courses.

In March 2008 we founded our second company, Atkins Associates, a training organisation through which we offer work-based learning in a number of different areas from education to sales and property maintenance. We are currently working on a number of exciting consultancy projects, but we are also setting up micro-businesses with a view to subsidise the cost of the education and training programmes in all our companies. Our students have access to work experience through Atkins Associates and be able to gain qualifications from some of the main UK awarding bodies, such as City & Guilds and Edexcel.

A year later, in March 2010, we saw a need to separate our adult and teenage students and thus our second sister company, non-profit organisation Atkins Acorns, was born. The Atkins Family is now complete with a three tier organisation catering for students of all ages.

Our ethos is one of inclusion, inspiration and involvement and our mission is to raise aspirations, maximise potential and create opportunities for success. We welcome students from all walks of life, but our focus remains afro-centric with a distinct Scandiribbean touch. In the meeting between our own cultural backgrounds (Swedish and St Lucian) we believe that we have managed to create a curriculum and a learning environment that brings together traditional Scandinavian educational values and vibrant Caribbean vivaciousness  in a colourful fusion.

We believe that, together with our learners, staff and volunteers, we can build a stronger community and help our young find the way back to their authentic selves. With a strong grounding in their cultural belonging we believe they will be better equipped to face their future.


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