Goole Academy

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Goole Academy
Goole Academy
Centenary Road

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DN14 6AN

Coordinates53°42′29″N 0°53′02″W / 53.708170°N 0.883780°W / 53.708170; -0.883780Coordinates: 53°42′29″N 0°53′02″W / 53.708170°N 0.883780°W / 53.708170; -0.883780
Mottoexceed expectations
Local authorityEast Riding of Yorkshire
Department for Education URN145929 Tables
Head teacherJulian Harrison
Age11 to 18
Former nameGoole High school

Goole Academy, is a mixed 11–18 secondary school located in Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.[1][2] It is situated just off the A614 road in the east of Goole.


The school's original motto was Alta Pete, Latin for "Aim High".[citation needed]

Grammar school[edit]

Goole Academy was first opened as Goole Grammar School in 1909,[3] making it the longest running school in Goole. It was administered by West Riding County Council, based in Wakefield. It was a four form-entry coeducational school on Boothferry Road with 750 boys and girls. Goole Secondary Modern School was on the opposite side of Boothferry Road, which was built in 1936, and had 1,100 boys and girls.[citation needed]


In September 1973 the school became a twelve form-entry comprehensive upper school for ages 13–18. It initially retained the name Goole Grammar School with 1,100 boys and girls. From April 1974 it was administered by Humberside Education Committee. The former secondary modern school became Bartholomew Middle School (became Goole College, now part of Hull College).[citation needed]

Facade of Vermuyden School in 2006

In the 1980s the school was still a 13–18 upper school and called Goole Grammar School. In 1990 the school's name was changed to Vermuyden School, after Cornelius Vermuyden.[citation needed]

In 2009, following consultation with students and the local community, it was renamed Goole High School and, after a student survey, a new school uniform was introduced. The motto was also changed to 'Daring to be Excellent'.[4][5]


Goole Academy officially gained academy status in 2011. The school receives funding directly from central government but still has links with the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.[citation needed]

The school underwent transformation with a stage two of a £15 million new build. Subsequently, partly through the school being one of the first three nationally to receive funding through the government's Priority Schools Building Fund, a further multi-million pound sum is to be spent on the next phase of the creation of a three-storey new build to house the CREATE Studio School, an Academy School suite and a creative arts suite, with drama and dance halls, and a library.

It will also fund renovation of the original Edwardian building and reinstatement of the Edwardian listed gardens fronting Boothferry Road, the return of the car park on Airmyn Road to tennis courts and the demolition of some non-historical parts of the site to make way for the creation of landscaped outside areas.

As an Academy, the school quickly began to improve all aspects of its provision, including some of the best results in its history. When the Academy was removed from Special Measures, Ofsted described it as having been transformed "beyond recognition" (November 2015).

Academic performance[edit]

The school had its best GCSE results in 2015.


Goole Grammar School[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Goole High School". Department for Education. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Welcome to Goole Academy". Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  3. ^ *Schools - Goole Grammar School", Retrieved 25 October 2013
  4. ^ "New name for Vermuyden School", Goole Times, 21 May 2009 (web archive). Retrieved 25 October 2013
  5. ^ "Instrument of Government - Variation Order No. 7 (2009)" (PDF). East Riding of Yorkshire Council. 14 July 2009. Retrieved 8 December 2009.
  6. ^ Biographical Index of Former Fellows of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 1783–2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X.

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