Welcome to the Peacock Academy

In 2008 the gym founded its hugely successful Academy Programme for young people aged 14-19, with an ethos of “education through sport” – to encourage youth enterprise and work opportunities, combat teenage obesity, and divert young people away from gangs and crime.  The Academy, which started with no funding and six students in 2008, now works with up to 60 young people each week, on a full-time and part-time basis, working in partnership with Newham and Tower Hamlets Local Authorities, as well as a group of local schools. The Academy’s success has been recognized by variety of bodies including the Times (TES) National Teaching Awards.

The Peacock Gym Academy is doing a lot to encourage young people to improve their personal and employability skills. The Academy curriculum is taught by qualified teachers teamed with sports and vocational professionals, with an engagement of rigorous daily exercise and healthy eating to compliment the Peacock Gymnasium’s objective in the community to improve the quality of life through healthy living. Our institution has created and embedded in its day-to-day operations an award winning programme of peer mentoring and befriending, with successful former students supporting in others the development of a range of skills, techniques, and personal qualities essential for happiness and achievement. The Academy delivers accredited vocational courses in Sport & Active Leisure, Hair & Beauty, Performing Arts, and Construction alongside Functional Skills in Mathematics and English.

The Academy has been very successful for student progression on to college courses and apprenticeships, reducing the group categorized as NEET (not in education, employment or training) set to the back drop of Newham’s high unemployment, high rates of individuals without any qualifications, and high crime rate.

Yours in Sports, Friendship & Education,


Laura Bowers (Head of the Academy)



2013 Times (TES) National Teaching Awards- Runner-up Support Stars category

2012 Times (TES) National Teaching Awards – Runner-up Outstanding Sporting Initiative category

2012 Police Federation’s Action Against Anti-Social Behaviour Award

2011 London Docklands and City Charity of the Year