Lydiard Park Academy
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|Lydiard Park Academy|
Grange Park Way
|Established||1986 (as Greendown Community School), 2012 (as Lydiard Park Academy)|
|Specialists||Maths and Computing College, Sports College|
|Department for Education URN||137264 Tables|
|Executive Principal||Mr C Zimmerman|
|Operational Principal||Mr G Pearson|
|Age||11 to 18|
|Colour(s)||Navy & Gold|
Lydiard Park Academy, formerly known as Greendown Community School, is a mixed sex comprehensive secondary school for students aged between 11 and 18 years in the Grange Park area of Swindon, England. As of July 2019[update], there were 1208 students enrolled at the school. It adopted academy status in August 2011 and is part of The Park Academies Trust.
The school opened in 1986 adjacent to Lydiard Country Park to serve as a comprehensive for the newly constructed area. In the late 1990s a prefabricated Humanities block was installed in order to cope with an influx of new students arriving from the Swindon area. A further influx of pupils led to the construction of a new Maths block and second sports hall in 2003.
In September 2014 the Academy introduced a Sixth Form. In 2015 the Academy achieved the highest results in the Swindon area with 67% gaining 5 A* – C (including English and Maths). In 2016 the Academy continued its trend of achieving good results with 68.5% gaining 5 A* – C (including English and Maths). However, the new measure of progress 8 stood at +0.19 which gave it second place in the Swindon league table. This put it in the top 20% of all schools nationally.
The school was the second in Swindon to gain a unit for children with forms of autism, the first being Kingsdown. Work started in the summer of 2010 and it finally opened on 5 November 2010. Before this it was held in a room which has now been converted into an ordinary classroom.
The school was awarded specialist status in 2007 when it was still known as Greendown, and specialised in Sport, Maths, and Computing. With the grant that was awarded, a gym was bought, a new astroturf was constructed, all computers in the school were upgraded and every mathematics classroom received interactive whiteboards.
- Mathematics (KS3, 4 and 5) and Further Mathematics (KS5)
- English Language, English Literature and Media Studies (KS3, 4 and 5)
- Physics, Biology, Chemistry (KS3, 4 and 5)
- Computing and IT (KS3, 4 and 5)
- GCSE and BTEC Physical Education
- GCSE Business and A-level Business, Economics and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Business
- Geography / History / Philosophy and Ethics / Sociology
- Drama / Art Textiles / Art / Music / Music Technology
- Spanish / French (other minor languages are studied by few pupils)
- Food Technology / Photography
The uniform of the school consists of a blazer with a white shirt and a gold/navy striped clip-on tie. A navy v-neck jumper with the school logo is optional.
Lydiard Park Academy is the founding member of The Park Academies Trust which was formed in August 2016. As of September 2019 another local Swindon secondary school, Abbey Park School is a member of the Trust. Red Oaks Primary also joined as of August 2019. Orchid Vale Primary is currently awaiting legal confirmation to join.
- "Lydiard Park Academy". GOV.UK. Retrieved 4 September 2019.