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Passmores Academy is a secondary school in Harlow, Essex.
The school was previously known as Passmores School and Technology College, until its conversion to Academy status in September 2011 when the name was changed to Passmores Academy.
The school reopened for the 2011-2012 school year on a new site which is approximately one mile from its old site. This new site is the home of a £25 million new building which was constructed over a two-year period from 2009 on the old Brays Grove secondary school site.
The current principal is Mr Vic Goddard who has been in post since January 2007. In November 2008 the school was graded as Outstanding by Ofsted, having been graded as Good in November 2005.
The academy has an annual intake of 230 students in Year 7, and the school's current roll (January 2013) is approximately 1000 students.
In September 2013 Purford Green Primary School and Potter Street Primary School became part of Passmores Academy.
The school played host to a seven part Channel 4 reality TV show, Educating Essex. The show follows a group of GCSE students, and the staff who teach them, as they face the most important year in their education. The school was fitted with 65 fixed cameras – from the corridors to the canteen, and from the headteacher's office to the detention hall. Recording with the fixed cameras lasted for seven weeks. This was used alongside occasional standard filming by camera crews from September 2010 to August 2011 and edited down into a seven part series.
The School has 4 houses which are Lion, Dragon, Griffin and Unicorn. Students are assigned to houses and do not move for the rest of the time at the school. The houses compete each other on Sports Day.
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