The Whitehaven Academy

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The Whitehaven Academy
Type Academy
Headteacher Jacki Smith
Location Cleator Moor Road

CA28 8TY
 England Coordinates: 54°32′20″N 3°33′27″W / 54.53901°N 3.55741°W / 54.53901; -3.55741
DfE number 909/4000
DfE URN 140406 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1300+
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website School homepage

The Whitehaven Academy (formerly Whitehaven School) is a comprehensive co-educational secondary school with academy status, located in Whitehaven, in west Cumbria, England. The school was established in 1984.[1]

A February 2011 report from the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills said that the school 'has made inadequate progress in making improvements and demonstrating a better capacity for sustained improvement' in the previous two years, according to a report issued subsequent to an OFSTED team visit in January 2011. Norris was described as bringing 'vision and energy' to the school since she took office.[2]

The school converted to academy status in January 2014, sponsored by the Bright Tribe Trust.

Lynette Norris replaced Malcom Smith as the boss of Whitehaven's main secondary education school in 2010 but in 2014 a letter was sent to parents informing them that The Bright tribe trust had appointed the previously deputy principal as the academy's acting principal. The school relaunched its website in April 2014 with the rebranding of 'The Whitehaven Academy' as a 'Brighttribe' school now showing full effect. Other changes are to be rolled out in 2014 and the Brighttribe trust are confident of a very bright future for the school.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Whitehaven School website
  2. ^ Clarke, Andrew (2011-02-17). "School ‘fails to raise its standards’ - Ofsted". Whitehaven News (CN Group). Retrieved 2011-04-14. 

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