Stockwood Park Academy

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Stockwood Park Academy
Established 1965
Type Academy
Principal C.Barr
Location Rotheram Avenue
Coordinates: 51°52′06″N 0°24′27″E / 51.86834°N 0.40742°E / 51.86834; 0.40742
DfE number 821/6906
DfE URN 135338 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Colours Green
Website Stockwood Park Academy website

Stockwood Park Academy (previously known as Barnfield South Academy and briefly as South Academy) is a Mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Rotheram Avenue in Luton, Bedfordshire, England. The academy is currently rated as 'Good' by Ofsted and its Sixth Form Provision is rated as 'Satisfactory.


It opened as South Luton High School in 1988. It was formed by the amalgamation of Stockwood and Rotheram High Schools.

In 1988 Rotheram High School, a school situated in Farley Hill approximately a mile away from Stockwood High School, was closed due to administrative costs and falling attendance numbers. The majority of pupils from Rotheram High School moved to Stockwood High School, in Cutenhoe Road which was renamed South Luton High School.

Stockwood High School was described as Luton’s most expensive school when it was built in 1967. It was sound-proofed to cut out noise due to it being situated beneath a Luton Airport flight path. Facilities included an indoor heated swimming pool and two halls. The official opening was held in October 1968.

The school converted to academy status on September 1 2007, and was renamed Barnfield South Academy, sponsored by Barnfield College. The school closed its doors at its Cutenhoe Road site in March 2011. A £30 million building opened to students in March 2011, equipped with ICT facilities, including iPads, wireless laptops, interactive white boards and data projectors, and a 300-seat theatre. The new Barnfield South Academy building is situated on the old playing field of the former Rotheram High School site. The Barnfield Federation launched a new A-Level sixth form provision in September 2011 based across its academies.

In 2015 the school changed its name to South Academy and became part of The Shared Learning Trust. In 2016 it was renamed Stockwood Park Academy.

The Shared Learning Trust[edit]

The Shared Learning Trust is made up of the former Barnfield Academy Schools. It started up with two Secondary Schools, Barnfield West and South Academy, then Barnfield Moorlands and later Barnfield Vale Academy joined the federation.

The Federation is now made up of:

- The Chalk Hills Secondary Academy (previously known as Barnfield West and West Academy)

- Stockwood Park Secondary Academy (Previously known as Barnfield South and South Academy

- The Linden Academy (Previously known as Barnfield Moorlands Free School and Moorlands Free School)

- The Vale Academy (Previously known as Barnfield Vale)

- Skills Academy (Previously known as Barnfield Skills Academy)


78% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C GCSE grades including English & Maths in 2012/13.

99% of students achieved 5 or more A*-C GCSE grades in 2012/13 [1]

Graded as "Requires Improvement" by OFSTED in its 2013 Inspection, with "Good" Features. The Academy is now rated a 'Good' and its Sixth Form Provision is rated as 'Satisfactory' by Ofsted.

95% success rate at A-Level at The Shared Learning Trust in 2015[2]

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