Acklam Grange Secondary School
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The school opened in 1952 as Hugh Bell School – later becoming Stainsby School – and is currently Acklam Grange Secondary School (after Stainsby and Oaklands School amalgamated in 1983 the combined school was renamed Acklam Grange School). It educates pupils Year 7 through Year 11. The current headteacher is Andrea Crawshaw.
Acklam Grange uses pastoral management schemes that manage the pupils by year group, with students being assigned a form tutor with whom they have significant daily contact and who is their contact point for any issues. This was chosen instead of a house system.
Rewards for pupils are issued in a tiered system, including certificates, vouchers, and school trips. In Year 11, pupils have the opportunity to become prefects and senior prefects, where they assist in the management of the school and are overseen by a Head Boy and Head Girl.
- six 2-story buildings, each housing two or more departments
- a dedicated VLE
- Middlesbrough City Learning Centre, a community building offering IT facilities
- Acorn Centre, a specialist sport centre
The new building, on the former playing fields of the old school, was constructed by contractors Willmott Dixon. It opened on 6 September 2010 and cost over £27 million. Pupil involvement in the building included landscaping, and the naming of areas through schemes such as the School Council and a specially-formed "Team 2010" group.
The Acorn Centre is a £2.2 million sport and inclusion[clarification needed] facility which was opened in late January 2005 following its official launch by Gary Pallister (former Middlesbrough and England International footballer) and Councillor Hazel Pearson OBE (Chair of Governors). The development has been made possible due to receiving investment from Acklam Grange School, Middlesbrough Council, The West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust (WMNT) and the Big Lottery Fund. It is a dual use facility for local school and community networks. It includes a sports hall, a fitness studio, and a classroom.
Notable former pupils
- Pete Firman (Acklam Grange School) — comedian and magician
- Stuart Ripley (Acklam Grange School) — footballer
- Gary MacDonald (Stainsby School) — footballer
- Don Revie (Hugh Bell School) — footballer and manager
- Journey South (Acklam Grange School) — singing duo
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