The Grangefield Academy

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The Grangefield Academy
Mottoes Ex Glande Quercus
Established 1894
Type Academy
Principal Mrs Shelagh Potter
Chair Mr John Copping (Business Development Director of AMEC)
Location Oxbridge Avenue
Grangefield
Stockton-on-Tees

County Durham
TS18 4LE
England Coordinates: 54°34′00″N 1°20′29″W / 54.56663°N 1.34137°W / 54.56663; -1.34137
DfE number 808/4003
DfE URN 139673 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Staff 114
Students 1241
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Houses 2
Colours Red, Gold & Black
Website The Grangefield Academy

The Grangefield Academy (formerly known as Grangefield School and Technology College) is a secondary school with academy status situated in the heart of the borough of Stockton on Tees, located on Oxbridge Avenue, Grangefield, Stockton-on-Tees, England.

Following an Ofsted inspection in December 2012, the school was placed in "Special Measures" under the Education Act 2005 because it was failing to provide an acceptable standard of education and the persons responsible for leading, managing and governing the school were not demonstrating the capacity to secure the necessary improvements in the inadequate achievements of pupils, quality of teaching, standards of behaviour, and managerial leadership. Subsequently the school had visits from Her Majesty's Inspectorate, some of which have deemed that the school was making reasonable progress, but the final inspection in 2013 determined that the school was not making enough progress towards the removal of special measures.[1] The school undertook formal consultation about plans to re-establish itself as an Academy sponsored by Northern Education Trust, a Department for Education approved charity, and the conversion was finalised in early 2014.[2]

Overview[edit]

The Grangefield Academy is located in extensive school fields, adjacent to the town ring road and opposite the Stockton Cricket Club Ground. The attractive and substantial main buildings date from the early 1950s and comprised Grangefield Boys’ and Grangefield Girls’ Grammar Schools which stood next to one another. Modern additions include a Sports Hall, Library and Technology Block. The original brick, sandstone and Cumberland slate buildings face out over the playing fields and are constructed around four well-planted quadrangles, providing a distinctive and stimulating learning environment. Many areas of the school have been extensively refurbished; a new extension for the Design and Technology block was completed in 2005. The school field and grounds provide 11 tennis courts, 2 football pitches, 2 rugby pitches, 2 hockey pitches and 2 artificial cricket wickets. There has been substantial investment in ICT over the last few years. There are fully equipped ICT suites used exclusively by ICT (6 rooms), Mathematics, Modern Languages and Humanities. There are also many other subject areas with in-class ICT provision, including Art, Music, Design and Technology and Science. Many curriculum areas have access to interactive whiteboards and data projectors. The facilities are greatly enhanced through the Grangefield Media Centre, providing state of the art ICT facilities, which is located on the school site. Plans are in development to rebuild the academy. Plans for a new building feature a large sports hall, activity studio, drama studio, main hall and dining hall.[3]

History[edit]

The school dates back to 1896, originating as the Stockton Higher Grade School. However the current site is the former Grangefield Grammar School, which opened in the present buildings on 2 November 1951. Prior to this, from 1944, it was in different buildings as the Stockton Secondary Grammar School, and before that, as Stockton Secondary School from 1906. The boys' and girls' lessons were taught separately, with separate heads of school. It became unified as comprehensive and co-educational in 1973, and called The Grange Comprehensive School, until 1985.[4]

Hardwick Secondary Modern School, founded in 1963, became Sheraton Comprehensive School in 1973. This merged with The Grange Comprehensive School in 1985 to become Grangefield School. The current institution does not have a sixth form. Grangefield is an established co-educational comprehensive school of around 1200 students aged 11–16, and had been a specialist Technology College from 1999-2013.

Academic performance[edit]

The school has recently been in the lowest 20% quintile amongst similar schools nationally.[5] In 2012, 40% of pupils attained five GCSEs grade A* to C including English and mathematics. This is a decrease of 10 percentage points since 2011. In 2012, 48% of pupils attained grade A* to C in English (EBacc). This is a decrease of 23 percentage points since 2011. In 2012, 42% of pupils achieved expected progress in English. This is a decrease of 30 percentage points since 2011. In 2012, 51% of pupils attained grade A* to C in mathematics (EBacc). This is a decrease of three percentage points since 2011. In 2012, 47% of pupils achieved expected progress in mathematics. This has not changed since 2011. In 2012, 46% of pupils attained grade A* to C in science (EBacc). This is a decrease of 33 percentage points since 2011.

Notable former pupils[edit]

Stockton Secondary School[edit]

Grangefield Grammar School[edit]

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