Countesthorpe Academy

Coordinates: 52°33′14″N 1°09′32″W / 52.55385°N 1.15887°W / 52.55385; -1.15887
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Countesthorpe Academy
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Coordinates52°33′14″N 1°09′32″W / 52.55385°N 1.15887°W / 52.55385; -1.15887
MottoBe the best you can be
Established1974, 2016
TrustLIFE Multi-Academy Trust
Department for Education URN147902 Tables
Executive HeadteacherGareth Williams[1]
Age11 to 18
PredecessorsCountesthorpe Community College
Leysland High School

Countesthorpe Academy (formerly Countesthorpe Leysland Community College) is a coeducational secondary school situated on the western edge of Countesthorpe in Leicestershire, England near the A426.


Countesthorpe Leysland Community College was formed in 2016 by the merger of Countesthorpe Community College and neighbouring Leysland High School. Countesthorpe Community College was established in 1970 with Tim McMullen as its first head, or warden, followed in 1972 by John Watts as head teacher. They both developed it as a progressive "open school".[2]

The school previously formed part of The South Leicestershire Learning Partnership, a multi-academy umbrella trust.[3] In March 2020 the school joined the LIFE Multi-Academy Trust and was renamed Countesthorpe Academy, and is now led by Executive Head Gareth Williams.[1]


The school occupies the buildings previously used by its predecessor institutions. The former Countesthorpe Community College buildings are notable for their circular plan. The architect was John Barton of Farmer and Dark. The sculpture that was previously in the middle of the courtyard is one of three versions of Dunstable Reel by Phillip King.[4]

The seniors department of Birkett House School is located on the site of Countesthorpe Academy and its students attend lessons at the school and use its sports and catering facilities.[5]

Concerns and criticisms[edit]

In July 2019 Countesthorpe Leysland Community College was judged to be "inadequate" by Ofsted. During the inspection, inspectors found serious failings in safeguarding and pupil well being, they discovered that many students feel unsafe at school, found poor behaviour exhibited by a significant group of pupils and they identified shortcomings in the quality of leadership offered by the senior leadership team.[6][7]

Concerns were also raised about the poor quality of toilet facilities available at the college, which have since been refurbished [8] which was reported in both local and national media.[9]

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mr G. Williams". Countesthorpe Academy.
  2. ^ Bannister, Mike (22 October 2007). "Obituary: John Watts". The Guardian.
  3. ^ "The South Leicestershire Learning Partnership – Overview". Companies House. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  4. ^ Franklin, G.; Harwood, E.; Taylor, S. & Whitfield, M. (2012). "England's Schools 1962-88: A Thematic Study" (PDF). English Heritage. p. 226. Archived from the original (PDF) on 4 March 2016.
  5. ^ "Countesthorpe". Birkett House School. Archived from the original on 10 September 2016. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  6. ^ "Countesthorpe Leysland Community College". Ofsted. July 2019.
  7. ^ Orton, Amy (9 October 2019). "Pupils 'don't feel safe' at school rated inadequate". Leicestershire Live.
  8. ^ Orton, Amy (9 November 2019). "Secret filming shows school toilets students wouldn't use". Leicestershire Live.
  9. ^ Orton, Amy; King, Lorraine (10 November 2019). "School toilets that look and smell so bad pupils refuse to use them". Daily Mirror.
  10. ^ Stevens, Samuel (26 May 2020). "Harvey Barnes: Time For Reflection". Leicester City FC. Retrieved 15 June 2020.

Further reading[edit]

  • J. F. Watts (1977), The Countesthorpe Experience (Allen & Unwin), ISBN 0043730035

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