Chrysolyte School was birthed in the early 90s after the success of the Manna Saturday school which preceded it in the late 80s. A school, birthed from humble beginnings in inner-city South-East London providing services to the community, predominantly African and Caribbean children and youth.
Mr & Mrs Ikiebe had concerns about the standard of education their children were receiving and through this, they developed an urge to help children, especially those in deprived areas, discover their potential, become better individuals and achieve in their chosen field in society.
The vision materialized starting with simple supplementary evening classes for friends, family and local children who were not receiving adequate education from the education system. This success then prompted the start of Manna Saturday school; before also adding a summer school scheme to the list. Finally, in 1995, Chrysolyte Independent Christian School was started, with only seven children.
The visions and schools birthed by the Ikiebe’s has one common features something that is driven home to every staff, parent and child that becomes involved in the school. This culture is one of the embracing individuals (be that students, parents or even entire families), giving them the chance they need but have not been given before. Using positive reinforcement to groom and nurture them into the best they can be. Through this, many children, young people and families that initially had unknown ends, came to Chrysolyte and Manna where they are challenged to excel and are now excelling in their various professions. A high percentage of our children go on to high achieving schools and higher education institutions.
Chrysolyte and Manna do not only provide education but also provides physical, mental and emotional strength for all who come in; making it a home away from home. A safe haven for those needing a chance.