|Established||17th century (grammar school)
1969; 1983 (mergers)
Neale-Wade Academy (formerly Neale-Wade Community College) is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status in the market town of March, Cambridgeshire, England. As with many state schools, the current school was the product of a merger of a grammar school and a comprehensive school. The merged school has since grown to become the Fenland's largest secondary school. It was designated Mathematics & Computing specialist status in 2005, and gained academy status in 2013.
March Grammar School
The college can trace its history back to 1696 when William Neale left an estate, the income of which was to help educate 8 poor boys. In 1717, Henry Wade left £20 per annum to pay for a schoolmaster to teach 20 poor children of the Parish. These two bequests were the origin of what eventually became March Grammar School. School premises were built on Station Road in 1876 and the school stayed there until a new site was opened on Wimblington Road in 1964. The Old Boys and Masters of the school who gave their lives during the two World Wars are commemorated on plaques which are displayed in the current college's main hall.
Hereward School was founded in 1934 due to the need for another senior school in the town. It turned fully comprehensive in 1969.
March High School for Girls was the local girls' grammar school. It was founded in 1907 to complement the boys-only March Grammar. Both schools merged in 1969.
The existing College site was established in the 1964 for the Grammar School. Around this time, the tripartite system was being phased out and many grammar or selective state schools were being merged with secondary modern schools. March Grammar and March High merged in 1969 to form Neale-Wade School. In 1983, after a great deal of debate and considerable building, the Neale-Wade merged with Hereward School to form a new comprehensive on the Neale-Wade site. It was agreed to keep the Neale-Wade name while designating the School a "Community College".
After the March 2012 inspection, the college was placed into special measures by Ofsted but has since made progress under new principal Jason Wing, for which he was commended by inspectors in a follow-up report.
In early November 2012, the school held meetings with parents and the community to discuss the possibility of converting into an academy. The College became Neale-Wade Academy, an Active Learning Trust school on 1 April 2013.
The March Grammar School Old Boys Association was founded in 1919 as its alumni association. In 2007 it changed its name to March Grammar and Neale-Wade Former Students Association to include former pupils of the current Neale-Wade Community College.
March Grammar School
- Reginald James Barrett, awarded Military Cross in 1918
- Brian Corby, child protection expert and author
- Francis William Ford, awarded Military Cross
- Timothy W. Potter, archaeologist
- Peter Rusell-Eggitt, food scientist
- Louise Hazel, heptathlete
- Dominic Mohan, editor of The Sun
- Jason Wing, former Olympic bobsledder and current principal
- Stephen Crook, photographer
- "School records - Cambridgeshire schools". Cambridgeshire County Council.
- Roll of Honour - World War I & II - March Grammar School
- Cambridgeshire Archives Series - Handlist of school records
- History of March Grammar School
- "School is on the up". Fenland Citizen. 8 October 2012.
- "March: Neale-Wade Academy meeting". Fenland Citizen. 8 November 2012.
- "On the up - as March college moves to Academy status". Fenland Citizen. 5 March 2013.
- London Gazette Issue 30901 published on 13 September 1918. Page 66
- "Obituary: Brian Corby". The Guardian. 4 April 2007.
- "Obituary - Timothy William Potter". sal.org.uk.
- "Requiem mass held for top food scientist". Cambridge News. 11 August 2004.
- "My School Sport: Louise Hazel". Daily Telegraph. 13 July 2011.
- "Former Chatteris man is new Sun editor". Fenland Citizen. 27 August 2009.
- "Former Olympian hails 'dream job' as new Principal of Neale-Wade Community College". Cambs Times. 21 June 2011.
- "Obituary - Stephen Crook". News and Star. 9 December 2011.
- Official website
- Building Schools for the future blog
- March Grammar School and Neale Wade Former Students Association