|Executive Principal||Mr S Chamberlain|
|Headteacher||Mr A Salter|
The school was formed in September 2011 from the merger of Orwell High School and Deben High School. Currently, the school operates from both of the former school sites. However new school buildings are being constructed at the former Orwell High School site, and when completed will accommodate all pupils, with the old Deben High School site closing.
The school offers further education (FE) courses, primarily at A Level, but also several specialised vocational courses.
Orwell High School was a medium size secondary community school with Specialist Technology College status.
In 2006 the school was issued with a notice to improve. There was a subsequent inspection in 2007 in which the school was seen to be making "satisfactory progress" and therefore the notice to improve was revoked. In 2010 51% of Orwell candidates gained five GCSEs grade A* to C in English and Maths. In October 2009 OFSTED stated that the school was satisfactory, but Leadership and Management and the Capacity to Improve were both good.
The Executive Headteacher, Robert Cawley, started at the school in 2010, following a period of instability and leadership change. The previous Headteacher, Peter Tomkins resigned from his post in May 2010 having been suspended for sexual misconduct since February 2010. A statement from John Barker, the Chair of Governors, thanked Peter for his hard work and dedication.
In September 2011 the school was formally merged with Deben High School, to form Felixstowe Academy.
- Ofsted Report, 2006, 2006-03-09. Retrieved 2010-05-05
- Ofsted Report, 2007, 2007-05-18. Retrieved 2010-05-05
- a 26% rise on the previous year's results BBC Education Profile - Orwell High School 2010-01-13. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Ofsted Report, 2009, 2009-10-21. Retrieved 2010-05-05
- Orwell High School Profile Suffolk County Council. Retrieved 2010-05-05.
- Potter.T (2010) 'School scandal head quits amid relationship rumours' East Anglian Daily Times, 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-05-05.