Bourne End Academy
|Bourne End Academy|
|Type||Academy; Secondary modern|
|Motto||Believe, Engage, Aspire|
|Department for Education URN||110508 Tables|
|Headteacher||Ryan Williams (2018–present)|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Burgundy and Black|
Bourne End Academy, previously 'The Wye Valley School', is a co-educational secondary school in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, England. It is a secondary school, which takes pupils from the age of 11 to 18. The school is much smaller than an average secondary school, with just under 800 pupils attending every year.
In September 1998 the school was awarded specialist school status as a Sports College and furthermore, in 2012, the school was awarded the status of a specialist Science College, by the Department for Education and Skills (DfES).
Bourne End Academy is also one of only a number of schools in the area to possess a special department for students on the Autistic spectrum, named as the A.R.P. (Additional Resources Provision) Department.
The academy offers a range of different opportunities to all pupils, including extra curricular clubs. In 2012 Wye Valley achieved 47% A*-C grades (including English and Mathematics) at GCSE with the results below national level placing it in the 4th quantile in comparison to other schools. In 2017, Bourne End Academy achieved 65% A*-C grades (including English and Mathematics) at GCSE.
The school was put into a state of 'Special Measures' after both the school, and its management, were classified as 'Inadequate' by Ofsted in January 2013. After the report, the school's governing body was disbanded, and an Interim Executive Board (IEB) was imposed, which as of March 2014, is still in place. As of 2017, the school was released from an Inadequate Ofsted rating but still part of an Interim Executive Board.
From its beginning, the headteacher of the school was Ms Linda Melton. After 30 years of service, Melton left in 2010 and was replaced by Mr Jonathon Oliver. Mr Oliver announced his resignation from the school in July 2013 after a two-month leave with Sharon Cromie taking role of Executive Headteacher. Mrs Cromie has recently passed the job on to Andrea Jacobson, who was appointment full-time headteacher in March 2014. In July 2018 it was made public that Bourne End would transfer to the E-ACT trust who will take over the running of the school. The Headteacher will also change with Mr Williams taking over from Mrs Jacobson as Headteacher. He will be supported by E-ACTs regional director Mr Mohsen Ojja who runs the secondary and primaries schools in the Buckinghamshire region for EAcT.
- English Literature
- Business Studies (A Level)
- Business Studies (BTEC)
- Health and Social Care (BTEC)
Bourne End Academy is also part of a partnership of four schools to allow students at their school to additionally study Physics, Further Mathematics, Sociology and Psychology at Wycombe High School, as the School was no longer able to supply these subjects due to a teacher shortage in the relevant subjects.
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- "Schools Directory". Buckinghamshire County Council. Archived from the original on 2007-09-27. Retrieved 2006-08-03.
- "Specialist Schools Home". DfES. July 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-08-03. Retrieved 2006-07-28.
- "Ofsted School Data Dashboard for The Wye Valley School". Ofsted. 2012. Retrieved 2013-06-05.