Charter Academy

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Charter Academy
Established 1865
Type Academy
Religion Church of England
Principal Dame Sharon Hollows
Location Hyde Park Road

Coordinates: 50°47′48″N 1°05′16″W / 50.7966°N 1.0879°W / 50.7966; -1.0879
DfE number 851/6905
DfE URN 135965 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18

Charter Academy (formerly St Luke's CofE VA Secondary School) is a coeducational Church of England secondary school and sixth form. The school is located in the Southsea area of Portsmouth in the English county of Hampshire.[1]


St Luke's School was first established in 1865 as a sunday school for boys. It began to offer more general secondary education for boys and girls in 1922. During World War II, pupils attending the school were largely evacuated to the Isle of Wight, however the school remained open for the remaining students. The school buildings suffered from extensive bomb damage during the war, and new buildings were constructed during the 1960s. This allowed for a significant expansion in the schools capacity.[2]

St Luke's went through a period of decline during the 1990s and 2000s, with pupils continuously achieving some of the poorest results in Hampshire. The school was put into special measures by Ofsted, and the school was threatened with closure. St Luke's was reopened as Charter Academy in September 2009, becoming one of the first schools to become an academy. Results at the school have significantly improved since this time.[3] In September 2014 the school opened its sixth form, increasing its age range of pupils to 18.

The school today[edit]

Charter Academy is sponsored by Ark and the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth. Though it is a Church of England school, Charter Academy operates a non-selective intake policy from a catchment area rather than selecting on religious background. The school offers GCSEs, BTECs and OCR Nationals as programmes of study for pupils,[4] while students in the sixth form have the option to study from a range of A-levels.[5] The school also has specialisms in mathematics and performing arts.[6]


  1. ^ "Home". Charter Academy. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  2. ^ "Our History". Charter Academy. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  3. ^ "Our History". Charter Academy. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Overview". Charter Academy. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
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  6. ^ "Our Specialisms". Charter Academy. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 

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