Queensbury Academy

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Queensbury Academy
Motto Achieving potential by learning together
Established 2012 (1972)
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Oliver Button
Location Langdale Road
England Coordinates: 51°52′42″N 0°31′42″W / 51.87822°N 0.52824°W / 51.87822; -0.52824
DfE number 823/4002
DfE URN 138571 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 935 Ofsted report May 2014
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Red, Grey
Website www.queensburyacademy.com

Queensbury Academy /ˈkwnzbəri/ is a mixed, 11-18 secondary school and sixth form in Dunstable, Bedfordshire, England. The academy in September 2014, will start its first admission for Year 7. The academy in September 2015 will become a fully enrolling Secondary School.

Rated as 'Good' in the latest Ofsted report, (2014) having improved dramatically since becoming an Academy. Key Findings "Teaching is usually Good and Sometimes Outstanding" "Students feel and behave well"


Kingsbury Grammar School (a mixed-sex Grammar school) and Queen Eleanor's Grammar School for Girls were merged in 1972 to form Queensbury Upper School, when Bedfordshire changed from a two-tier school system to a three-tier system.

Queensbury was the second Grant-maintained school. The school had been flagged for closure but the community, including the local MP, David Madel, fought to keep it open and took advantage of the introduction of the grant-maintained system introduced in 1988. Grant-maintained schools were abolished in 1998, and Queensbury converted to a Foundation School. The ten years as a Grant-maintained school had seen it increase in popularity from very low enrollment numbers (as the school was due to close) to being heavily oversubscribed.

The school converted to being an academy in September 2012, and was renamed Queensbury Academy. The Academy has a OFSTED Inspection in May 2014, and was Recognised as Good and well on its way on being Outstanding. A huge improvement from Special Measures.

Principals at Queensbury Academy[edit]

  • Oliver Button (2012-present)
  • Jill Coughlan CBE (2012), interim
  • Nigel Hill (2003-2012)
  • Bob Clayton (1996-2003)
  • Keith Barker (1984-1996)
  • Christina Scott (1972-1984)


Queensbury is surrounded by three roads, Canesworde Road, Langdale Road and Hilton Avenue (Most of the roads located in this area are named after places in the Lake District). It is in South West Dunstable, but takes children from across Dunstable and the surrounding villages.

The School Site[edit]

Because the school used to be two separate schools, the buildings are quite a distant apart and there is some duplication in rooms across the school. There are, for instance, two gyms, main halls and canteens. There are two entrances from different sides of the site, although the main entrance leading to reception in the Central building is on Langdale Road.

Until the completion of Central building, where there is one purpose built staffroom, there were also two staff rooms; one per building.

On Langdale Road, there is a staff entrance to East building (the former Queen Eleanor's), along with the main entrance to Central building. Opposite Meadway there is an entrance to West building (via Canesworde Road). 'Central' building was added in 1999. A well deserved update for the buildings has included IT suites in all buildings and new signage. Further recent improvements include new windows, a cafeteria area, an environmental centre and a covered outside picnic area for students. The Academy also has a Fitness Suite for students and staff to use.


Queensbury uses a vertical 'house' system to encourage teamwork and competition within the school, with awards and points being given to houses for various events. Each tutor group is assigned to a house. The houses are based in the two main buildings with Ennis and Rowling in the 'East' and Hawking and Sugar in the 'West'. The house names were changed in 2013, and formerly were Mead (green), Canesworde (yellow), Langdale (blue) and Hilton (red), named after the four roads that surround the school site, from 1972 to 2013.

All students are required to wear correct uniform. The ties, although the same design and basic colours have a stripe in a colour representing their house. The houses and colours are shown below. Each house is based on an influential person:

House Influential Person
Hawking Stephen Hawking
Rowling JK Rowling
Ennis Jessica Ennis
Sugar Sir Alan Sugar


2. http://www.queensburyacademy.com/assets/qa-consult.pdf

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