The King's Academy, Middlesbrough
|Established||September 2003 |
|DfE URN||134223 Tables|
The King's Academy is an 11–19 secondary school and academy located in Coulby Newham in the borough of Middlesbrough and the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire, England, serving the community of South Middlesbrough. Established in 2003, it is run by the Emmanuel Schools Foundation established by entrepreneur Sir Peter Vardy. It was officially opened by Prime Minister Tony Blair in March 2004.
It was built to replace the former Local Authority-run Brackenhoe and Coulby Newham secondary schools and Beverley School for the Deaf, accepting its first students from educational years 7 to 11 on 8 September 2003 and first opening its sixth form a year later. It has capacity for 1,250 students and promotes a specialism in Business and Enterprise. It is wholly funded by the Department for Education and operates the same intake policy as that in place across all other Local Authority-maintained schools in Middlesbrough. It reserves 10% of its intake for children with Statements of Special Educational Needs, specifically for those with hearing and visual impairment and those with moderate learning difficulties.
In the academy's first Ofsted report in 2005 it was described as "a good school with many strong features". In its second Ofsted report in 2009 it was described as "a good school with many outstanding features". Ofsted report gradings in 2009 were "Outstanding" for Care, Guidance and Support and for Personal Development and Well-being and "Good" in all other areas.
In its first nine years of operation, the academy increased its GCSE pass rate (5 A–C) from 34% in 2004 to 89% in 2012 In 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011 it was given a Contextual Value Added (CVA) score that placed it in the top 10% of all schools nationally for the progress its students make between the start of Year 7 and the end of Year 11. In January 2009, The Guardian newspaper ranked The King's Academy amongst the top 50 most improved secondary schools in the country. The academy runs a sixth form, where examination results have improved consistently over the last four years.
Ethos and values
Even before it opened, opponents of City Academies and of the Emmanuel Schools Foundation, including the prominent British scientist and atheist Richard Dawkins, claimed that the Academy would teach creationism in science lessons; this allegation was published in the national press and repeated for a few years. However, the school consistently denied teaching creationism. Finally, in 2006, The Guardian visited the school and published a strongly supportive article, emphasising that associating the school with creationism "couldn't be more wrong."
At Key Stage 3 students study English, mathematics, science, business studies, ICT and enterprise, French or German or Spanish, history, geography, religious education, engineering or resistant materials, food technology, art & design, music, drama and physical education.
At Key Stage 4 all of the above subjects may be studied through an options system, plus English literature, double or triple science, economics, graphic products, textiles, electronics, business communications, health & social care and travel & tourism.
At Key Stage 5, Advanced Levels are offered in English language, English literature, mathematics & mechanics, mathematics & statistics, further mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, applied science, French, German, applied business, applied ICT, economics, history, geography, psychology, religious education, product design, food technology, art, textiles, theatre studies, music and physical education. BTECs are offered in business, sport, ICT and health & social care.
Music and drama
Students participate in a wide range of music and drama events throughout the year, including showcase events such as the performing arts festival, summer music evening and annual prize giving ceremony. The Academy hosts the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music High Scorers' Concert in October each year. The King's Academy's Gospel Choir won the "Boro's Got Talent" Competition at the Riverside Stadium in 2008.
Major sports throughout the autumn and spring terms are boys' football and rugby and girls' hockey and netball. Boys' basketball is also played. Major sports in the summer term are athletics, boys' cricket and girls' rounders. Tennis is also played.
Activities and events
Major annual events in the academy calendar include the Performing Arts Festival, Staff vs Dads' Soccer Match, Christmas Carol Service, Senior Citizens' Party, Fashion Show, Careers Fair, Principal's Race Night, ESF Olympics, School Production, ESF Business Game, Year 8 Residential Week at Stainsacre, Year 9 Paris Trip, Year 6 Transition Week, Art & Textiles Exhibition, Tall Ships Challenge, Year 11 Principal's Dinner, Year 13 Leavers' Dinner, Sports Day, Sports Review Dinner and Prizegiving. Recent school trips abroad have included Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Rome, skiing in the French and Italian Alps, charitable work in South Africa and a football tour of Texas, USA.
The academy runs a comprehensive programme of House competitions throughout the year, where all four Houses compete against one another in each of the following disciplines: cross country, table tennis, boys' football, girls' football, boys' rugby, girls' hockey, boy's basketball, girls' netball, boys' cricket, girls' rounders, athletics, swimming, fishing, poetry, art, maths, short story writing, general knowledge, performing arts, chess, photography, cookery, merits and House boards.
The King's has recently established a partnership and exchange programme with No.2 Middle School in Cangzhou, Hebei Province, China.
The academy publishes a Yearbook once per year plus two Academy Times and one Sporting Times per year. News items on the website are updated on a weekly basis.
The academy was purpose-built in 2003, designed by architects Howarth Litchfield Partnership and consulting engineers Cundall, and constructed by Surgo Construction. Its accommodation comprises over 80 classrooms, 12 seminar rooms, a main hall (seating 500) and lecture theatre (seating 270), a large sports hall (lined out for basketball, tennis, badminton, five-a-side football and with indoor cricket nets), a dance studio and fitness suite, school library, sixth form study centre and common room, drama studio and music recording studio, two restaurants, a full size floodlit astroturf pitch (lined out for hockey and football), a large hard court multi-use games area (lined out for netball and tennis) and extensive playing fields (lined out for football and rugby in the autumn and spring terms and for athletics and cricket in the summer term).
The school was the first to have closed-circuit television cameras installed in all classrooms. The Head reported in the school's first year that CCTV had already proved valuable in protecting a teacher against false allegations.
|2003 – 2005||Nigel McQuoid|
|2005 – Present||Christopher Drew|
|Years||Winners||House Manager||Head of House|
|2003/04||Hebrews||Steve Garland||Christopher Drew|
|2004/05||Romans||Sue Lawrance||John Rhodes|
|2005/06||Hebrews||Steve Baxter||Christopher Drew|
|2006/07||Hebrews||Steve Baxter||Christopher Drew|
|2007/08||Medes||Ellie Unwin||Gary Wiecek|
|2008/09||Greeks||Diane Parkin||Henry Gowland|
|2009/10||Romans||Sue Lawrance||John Rhodes|
|2010/11||Medes||Les Allison||Gary Wiecek|
|2004||Oliver!||June Walker||30–31 March|
|2005||Bugsy Malone||5–7 July|
|2006||Hello, Dolly!||11–13 July|
|2007||Bye Bye Birdie||27–29 March|
|2008||The Sound of Music||1–4 April|
|2011||Fiddler On The Roof||29 March–1 April|
|2011||Pygmalion (Sixth Form Play)||Danielle Paul||16–18 November|
|2012||Oliver!||June Walker||20–23 March|
|Cangzhou No.2 Middle School||Cangzhou|
- "The King's Academy homepage". Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- "The King's Academy". Direct.gov.uk. Retrieved 2009-03-16.
- Emmanuel Schools Foundation, Registered Charity no. 1093739 at the Charity Commission
- The lesson today, The Observer, 11 July 2004. Retrieved 22 April 2009
- Martin Wainwright, They aren't faith schools and they don't select, The Guardian, 5 December 2006
- Ofsted reports on The King's Academy
- Teesside students celebrate GCSE results, 24 August 2010
- The King's Academy school results 2006-2009 at DfE website
- Desira, Joanna (27 August 2009). "Teesside students celebrate GCSE results". gazettelive.co.uk. Gazette Media Company Limited. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
- "School league tables: Most improved schools 2005-08". Guardian Newspapers. 2009-01-15. Retrieved 2009-03-07.
- 'Creationism' school opens its doors, BBC News, 8 September 2003
- Teach the origins of life based on evidence, scientists demand, The Times, 22 June 2006
- "Science fact not fiction". Gazette Live. 2004-12-20. Retrieved 2008-05-29.
- The King's Academy–Prizegiving at ESF website
- Talented students take centre stage, News page, Dec 2009
- CCTV in class 'will monitor bad behaviour', Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2003. Retrieved 22 April 2009
- The King's Academy website
- DCSF EduBase details for The King's Academy
- Emmanuel Schools Foundation website