Vale of York Academy

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Vale of York Academy
Motto Every child matters
Established As Canon Lee School in 1941 / As Vale of York Academy in 2015
Type Community school
Religion Multicultural
Headteacher Mrs F Johnston (acting)
Deputy Headteacher Mr B Wilson
Location Rawcliffe Drive, Clifton
North Yorkshire
YO30 6ZS
53°58′34″N 1°06′02″W / 53.9761°N 1.1005°W / 53.9761; -1.1005Coordinates: 53°58′34″N 1°06′02″W / 53.9761°N 1.1005°W / 53.9761; -1.1005
Local authority City of York
DfE URN 121662 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 577
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16
Colours Multicultural

Vale of York Academy previously called Canon Lee School is a coeducational secondary school located in Clifton, York, England.


Canon Lee was built in Clifton to serve the North west Suburbs of Rawcliffe, Clifton and Skelton. The doors opened in 1941 the first headmaster was Mr J Storey, and because of the War the school was also used as a Hospital and Refuge Shelter (hence why it has such wide corridors)

In 1972 the first extension was built to accommodate the large amount of pupils and to bring the school up to date this included a gym science labs maths and textile classrooms. It was extended again at a cost of £4 million in 1999 to accommodate the influx of students when Queen Anne's School closed.[1]

The school was placed in special measures following an Ofsted inspection in 2015.[2] In September 2016 it was announced that Canon Lee would be renamed as the Vale of York Academy as part of a series of changes that include becoming part of Hope Learning Trust, York.[3]


  1. ^ Lewis, Haydn (27 March 2012). "Kevin Deadman retiring as head teacher of Canon Lee School after 18 years". The Press. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  2. ^ Lewis, Haydn (27 November 2015). "Canon Lee School in Clifton York placed in special measures after damning Ofsted report". The Press. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  3. ^ "Canon Lee School to become Vale of York Academy". Minster FM. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 

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