Dagenham maths club founder picks up MBE

PUBLISHED: 10:46 13 May 2015 | UPDATED: 11:01 13 May 2015

Pastor Gbolahan Bright has now received an MBE award for services to education in East London.

Pastor Gbolahan Bright has now received an MBE award for services to education in East London.


A maths academy founder and pastor has been awarded an MBE for his services to education in east London.

Pastor Ayorinde Gbolahan Bright – who quit his job as a maths teacher to help children in the borough – picked up the honour at a Buckingham Palace ceremony earlier this month.

“My passion for education is impossible to describe and grows more so every day,” said the dad-of-three, who founded the Bright Academy maths clubs in Barking and Dagenham, Hackney and Havering.

The maths whizz, whose three children gained GCSE maths while still in primary school, also volunteers at Dagenham Heathway Library and centres across Romford and Havering.

“I am deeply humbled, overwhelmed and honoured to have been given this award for a job that I love doing - teaching.

“I feel that I am accepting the award on behalf of all those pupils, past and present, who have gone through the Bright Academy maths club with flying colours, as well as those I will teach in the future.”

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