Farringdon Community Academy
|Headteacher||Mr H. Kemp|
Tyne and Wear
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|Ofsted||Reports Pre-academy reports|
The school was built along with the estate of Farringdon in 1956. The school has undergone a number of changes, including the construction of new blocks of classrooms and a sports hall. It currently[when?] has 885 students.
It once acted as the main secondary school for the suburbs of Farringdon, Doxford Park, Silksworth and East Herrington. Its catchment area was reduced in 2003 following the completion of The Venerable Bede Church of England School in Tunstall.
In 2002, the school became the site of the Farringdon Jubilee Centre, a community centre for the residents of Farringdon partly funded by the school. The building includes facilities such as training rooms, computers and a crèche. It offers training and courses to local residents and is a meeting point for local residents and community groups. It hosts a regular community day four times a year, hosting the army, the RAF and many other organisations there.
Following the Education Act (2002), Farringdon became a specialist Sports College, which had always been a focus of the school in the past. Formally, it became known as a Farringdon Community Sports College. As a result, floodlit tennis courts and a pavilion with a dance studio and a large multi-gym have been built.
The school converted to academy status on 1 July 2013 and was renamed Farringdon Community Academy.
Notable former pupils
- Tony Jeffries - Olympic medal boxer
- Jordan Henderson - Liverpool F.C. and England international footballer
- James Baxter - professional actor (Emmerdale)
- Scott Borthwick- Durham cricketer
- Liam Agnew - Sunderland A.F.C. footballer
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