Greensward Academy

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Greensward Academy
Greensward academy logo.jpg
Motto "To make our best better"
Type Secondary comprehensive
Principal Mrs Katie Scarnell MA (Cantab)[1]
Chair Jill Terry (Acting Chair of Governors)
Location Greensward Lane
51°36′24″N 0°39′48″E / 51.6067°N 0.6634°E / 51.6067; 0.6634Coordinates: 51°36′24″N 0°39′48″E / 51.6067°N 0.6634°E / 51.6067; 0.6634
DfE URN 135652 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1609 (of which, number on roll in the sixth form 262)
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19

Greensward Academy is a comprehensive school and academy for 11- to 19-year-olds, located in Hockley, Essex.[2]


Opened in 1960 as the Hockley County Secondary School, with pupils from both Hockley and Ashingdon primary schools who were selected for the first year and a second year of Hockley pupils who previously went to Rayleigh Secondary. The name was changed to the Greensward College in the late 90's[citation needed] and kept this name until 2008 when it achieved Academy status.[citation needed] Greensward Academy is run by Mrs Katie Scarnell MA (Cantab). Greensward Academy is the lead academy of the Academies Enterprise Trust,[citation needed] a multi-academy sponsor, which aims to provide the opportunity for all young learners to "fulfil their real potential, broaden their horizons and become active, prosperous and successful citizens in the world around them".[3] In its most recent Ofsted (2008) it was described as:

‘An outstanding school that gets its best out of its students… with exceptional leadership and an ethos of sustained achievement and high standards’.

At the beginning of March 2011, Greensward Academy was inspected by Ofsted in a Section 5 Inspection.[citation needed] The inspection revealed Greensward Academy, was once again an "Outstanding comprehensive school and academy, for 11- to 19-year-olds": the following snipet is from Ofsteds report: "Thank you all for the warm and respectful welcome you gave us when we inspected your academy ... We agree that the academy is outstanding. We were most impressed by the excellent contribution you make to the communities within and beyond the academy itself. You told us how much you appreciate the wide and varied courses on offer"[citation needed]

Sixth Form[edit]

Greensward Academy also runs a Sixth Form. The Academy offers a purpose-built Sixth Form block. The building has two classrooms, a computer suite,[4] café, and toilets. The director of Sixth form in 2017 is Mr J Benson.[5]


In 2011, £15 million was awarded to the Academy by the Government of Approval in order to perform major construction work, including 2 new blocks, and refurbishment of several other blocks.[citation needed]


Greensward has approximately 200 staff and 1550 students, more than 200 of which are in the sixth form.[citation needed] Its main feeder schools are Plumberow Primary School, Hockley Primary School, Westerings Primary School and Ashingdon Primary Academy, and also takes students from various other schools in the area.[citation needed]


The academy has specialisms in science and applied learning and also has Leading Edge and Training School Status.[6]


Greensward Academy is sorted into 9 blocks as follows:

  • A - Administration, ICT, and Library, Modern Foreign Languages
  • B - History, Government & Politics, Hairdressing
  • C - ICT, Sociology, Psychology, Geography, History
  • D - Design & Technology, Catering
  • E - Science, English, Maths
  • G - Creative Arts, Media, Music,Health and social care
  • H - PE, Gym, Dance Studio
  • Acorns Restaurant
  • Construction Block
  • VI (6th form block) - Seminar room 1 & 2 (Financial Studies & Law), Study Room, Café6 (common room/café)

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