|Religion||Church of England|
|Location||Hyde Park Road
|DfE URN||135965 Tables|
Charter Academy (formerly St Luke's CofE VA Secondary School) is a coeducational Church of England secondary school with academy status, located in the Southsea area of Portsmouth in the English county of Hampshire.
St Luke's School was first established in 1865 as a sunday school for boys. It began to offer more general secondary education for boys and girls in 1922. During World War II, pupils attending the school were largely evacuated to the Isle of Wight, however the school remained open for the remaining students. The school buildings suffered from extensive bomb damage during the war, and new buildings were constructed during the 1960s. This allowed for a significant expansion in the schools capacity.
St Luke's went through a period of decline during the 1990s and 2000s, with pupils continuously achieving some of the poorest results in Hampshire. The school was put into special measures by Ofsted, and the school was threatened with closure. St Luke's was reopened as Charter Academy in September 2009, becoming one of the first schools in the academy programme. Results at the school have significantly improved since this time.
The school today
Charter Academy is sponsored by ARK Schools and the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth. Though it is a Church of England school, Charter Academy operates a non-selective intake policy from a catchment area rather than selecting on religious background. The school offers GCSEs, BTECs and OCR Nationals as programmes of study for pupils, and has specialisms in mathematics and performing arts.