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Hanson Academy is situated between Bolton and Five Lane Ends.
In December 2010 Derek Needham temporarily replaced Tim Brookes, who resigned at the end of November 2010, pending the selection of a new head. In September 2011 Tom Megahy was placed in charge with the title Head Principal.
The Hanson Grammar School was designed by Charles Henry Hargreaves and opened on Byron Street near Barkerend Road in 1897. Boys' and girls' schools were next door to each other. On 23 February 1911, a 16-year-old girl was killed by apparently being blown into the air by a gale, but what was known was that she had fallen from a height of around 25 feet.
In 1967 the girls' school had moved to a new building on Sutton Avenue. In the early 1970s, although retaining the name of a grammar school, the intake was comprehensive. The girls' school had around 500 girls, with 80 in the sixth form. The boys' school had around 550 boys with 120 in the sixth form.
It became the co-educational Hanson School in 1972, situated at the Sutton Avenue site. In the 1980s, the Sutton Avenue site was known as Hanson Upper School. In July 2011 the school moved to a different building but in the same Sutton Avenue grounds and resulting from this was renamed Hanson Academy.
Recently, the secondary school has been placed in special measures following an Ofsted inspection. Derek Needham, who was acting head teacher, following Tim Brookes' resignation following the inspection, has commented on the school being put into special measures saying: "I do not believe Hanson School is a bad school, the Ofsted inspectors didn't look at all aspects of the school, they just focused on the school's many problems rather than its little achievements".
Hanson has four floors, there are four sections to Hanson, 1, 2, 3 and 4. There is a reasonably large 6th form centre. In Hanson there is also a large footballing centre, home to "Goals", which houses 15+ five aside pitches and 1 full size football pitch.
Since the end of the 2008-09 year work began on a new school building which was completed by 2011. The building of Pulse Gym was also completed at the end of November 2010, which offers a 65 station gym, interactive centre, sports hall and 2 dance studios. The gym is for pupil use as well as for members of the public.
Sports and traditions
At Hanson there is an annual sports day, and annual inter-form football. There are also regular non-uniform days in which students usually pay £1 to a certain charity.
Unlike many schools in Bradford, Hanson is achieving high GCSE results with 65% of students getting 5 or more A*'s to C's in 2010. This is a 10% increase on last years results.
In BTEC, Hanson was in the UK's top 20.
Notable former students
- Christa Ackroyd (at the girls' grammar school until 1972)
- Tom Cleverley (footballer currently at Manchester United)
Hanson Boys' Grammar School
- Harry Ambler OBE, Chief Constable from 1957-73 of Bradford City Police
- Sir Edward Victor Appleton, Vice-Chancellor from 1949-65 of the University of Edinburgh, received the 1947 Nobel Prize for Physics for investigations into the ionosphere, the Kennelly–Heaviside layer and the F region that reflect lower frequency radio waves, and became Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy from 1936-9 at the University of Cambridge
- David Bairstow, cricketer (wicket keeper)
- Clarence Barton, Labour MP from 1945-50 for Wembley South
- Vic Feather, Baron Feather, General Secretary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) from 1969–73, and President from 1973-4 of the European Trade Union Confederation
- Sir William Hadwick, Chief General Manager from 1945-51 of the National Provincial Bank
- Sir Trevor Holdsworth CVO, Chairman from 1980-8 of GKN, Chancellor from 1992-7 of the University of Bradford
- Wilfrid Lawson, actor
- Andrew Mawson, Baron Mawson, known for the Bromley by Bow Centre
- John Sewel, Baron Sewel CBE, leader of Aberdeen Council from 1977–80, and President from 1982-4 of the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities
- Rabbi Walter Rothschild, leader of the Berlin Reform and Liberal Jewish Communities, since 1998 and the Rabbi of the Bradford Synagogue and the Leeds Sinai Synagogue from 1984 until 1995.
Hanson Girls' Grammar School
- Dame Margaret Eaton OBE, Chairman of the Local Government Association since 2008, and former leader (Conservative) of Bradford Council in 2000