Alison jones

Alison Jones, Lecturer in Art Practice at Goldsmiths, said: “Djofray was one of the hardest working students we’ve ever had, and we are thrilled that he has won the ALUMNO/SPACE award. It is always inspiring to work with the teenagers who attend our Summer Schools, and to see them develop into the calibre of artist that Djofray has become is especially pleasing.”



Speaking with Djofry recently, he described his journey as an artist saying:

“There have been a few key people who I will never forget, as they have been such a big influence on my life. Bryan Parsons, BSix Art teacher, and Alison, my tutor at Goldsmiths, have helped to shape me into the artist that I am today. When I was at school, some people used to say that I would never amount to anything, that I would never go to university, or if I did, I would never finish. This was due to my struggles with dyslexia and dyspraxia and I used to doubt myself and always put myself down. My art teacher at school and then the Art team at BSix changed everything for me. They pushed and challenged me, and it is because of them that I am the person I am today. They gave me the belief that I could go to university and excel!”


St Bonaventure's



One of our former students learned today that he had been successful in gaining a place at Goldsmiths University in London to study Fine Art.

Twenty year old Djofray Maukumbu came to St Bon's from St Helens Primary School and stayed on at Sixth Form to study BTEC Art. He left us last year to do an Art Foundation course at B6 in Hackney. He recently exhibited his work entitled Lost Souls at the college. It was a great success too.

Djofray, who's from Canning Town, was in school today to tell his former teachers, Ms Craddock, Ms Huddle and Ms Campbell his good news as he keeps in touch with his inspirational mentors. He added: " I wanted St Bon's to be the first to know I got in. I am so excited and all my dreams have come true."