Stanchester Academy

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Stanchester Academy
Motto Learn, Aspire, Achieve
Established 1940s
Type Academy
Headteacher Jason Beardmore
Location Montacute Road
England Coordinates: 50°57′16″N 2°44′56″W / 50.9545°N 2.7488°W / 50.9545; -2.7488
DfE URN 137080 Tables
Ofsted Pre-academy reports
Students 798
Ages 11–16

Stanchester Academy, formerly Stanchester Community School, is an academy for children between the ages of 11 and 16 in Stoke-sub-Hamdon, Somerset, England. As of January 2012 it had 863 pupils, and was headed by Judith Mcblain. [1] It was originally a "Secondary Modern" School, becoming a "Comprehensive" School in 1974 as a result of the abandonment of Grammar School education in the Yeovil area by the then Conservative controlled Somerset County Council. In August 2011, the school became an academy, and since 1 September 2013, it has been headed by Mr. Jason Beardmore.

Stanchester had a house system that started in September 2008. The houses were named after parts of the school badge in Latin, Sagitta (the arrow), Avis (the birds), Arbor (the tree) and Arcus (the archer). From 2011, they removed the house system back to the year group system.

Stanchester has been awarded the title of Specialist School for Media Arts[1] which came with a grant, which was used for equipping some classrooms with Macintosh computers, upgrading the Media Suite along with the Information Technology rooms, purchasing a rack of the Apple laptops (or iBook).

Selection of head boy and girl[edit]

Stanchester has 30 Senior Students (Prefects) including the Head Boy and Head Girl. Senior Students are elected in Year 10, during the summer term by handing in a letter to their head of year about why they wish to be a prefect and what they have to offer to the school. Each submission is taken into consideration by staff and head girl and boy. Then students which get past this stage are elected to the next stage. The students which go onto the next stage have a manifesto. Students in the school have three votes each and staff have 20 votes each. Although, the Year 11 students cannot vote. Those who make it past this round are then elected by the students and staff. The Head Boy or Head Girl is chosen by an interview with the head teacher, two of the governors and the out-going Head Boy and Head Girl. Two are then chosen as Head Boy and Head Girl and the two runners up are given the position of Deputy Head Boy and Deputy Head Girl.

Media and drama[edit]

Stanchester Media Arts Trust encourages film making and animation.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Stanchester Community School". Ofsted. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Stanchester Media ARts Trust". Stanchester Community School. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 

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