Hanson Academy

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Hanson Academy
Hanson Academy Logo.png
Established 1897
Type Academy
Location Sutton Avenue
West Yorkshire
53°49′05″N 1°44′34″W / 53.8181°N 1.7428°W / 53.8181; -1.7428Coordinates: 53°49′05″N 1°44′34″W / 53.8181°N 1.7428°W / 53.8181; -1.7428
Local authority City of Bradford
DfE number ???/5401
DfE URN 107440 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1745 (in 2015)[1]
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Website Hanson Academy

Hanson Academy (formerly Hanson School) is an academy school in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England.


Hanson Academy is situated between Bolton and Five Lane Ends.

Head teachers[edit]

  • Richard Woods (?-2016)[2]
  • Elizabeth Churton (2012–2015)[3]
  • Tim Brookes (2008–2010)[4]
  • Maureen Jones
  • Lily Peters


Former Hanson School on Barkerend Road

Grammar school[edit]

The Hanson Grammar School was designed by Charles Henry Hargreaves and opened on Byron Street near Barkerend Road in 1897. Boys' and girls' schools were next door to each other. On 23 February 1911, a 16-year-old girl was killed by apparently being blown into the air by a gale, but what was known was that she had fallen from a height of around 25 feet.

In 1967 the girls' school had moved to a new building on Sutton Avenue. In the early 1970s, although retaining the name of a grammar school, the intake was comprehensive. The girls' school had around 500 girls, with 80 in the sixth form. The boys' school had around 550 boys with 120 in the sixth form.


It became the co-educational Hanson School in 1972, situated at the Sutton Avenue site. In the 1980s, the Sutton Avenue site was known as Hanson Upper School. In July 2011 the school moved to a different building but in the same Sutton Avenue grounds and resulting from this was renamed Hanson Academy.

Special measures[edit]

In 2010, the secondary school was placed in special measures following an Ofsted inspection.[4] Derek Needham, who was acting head teacher, following Tim Brookes' resignation following the inspection, commented on the school being put into special measures saying: "I do not believe Hanson School is a bad school, the Ofsted inspectors didn't look at all aspects of the school, they just focused on the school's many problems rather than its little achievements".

In 2014 Hanson Academy was in the media because of the high number of students, more than 200, sent home for not adhering to the uniform policy.[3]


Hanson has four floors, there are four sections to Hanson, 1, 2, 3 and 4. There is a reasonably large 6th form centre. In Hanson there is also a large footballing centre, home to "Goals", which houses 15+ five aside pitches and 1 full size football pitch.

Since the end of the 2008–09 year work began on a new school building which was completed by 2011. The building of Pulse Gym was also completed at the end of November 2010, which offers a 65 station gym, interactive centre, sports hall and 2 dance studios. The gym is for pupil use as well as for members of the public.

Sports and traditions[edit]

At Hanson there is an annual sports day, and annual inter-form football. There are also regular non-uniform days in which students usually pay £1 to a certain charity.

Academic performance[edit]

Unlike many schools in Bradford, Hanson is achieving high GCSE results with 65% of students getting 5 or more A*'s to C's in 2010. This is a 10% increase on last years results.

In BTEC, Hanson was in the UK's top 20.

Notable former students[edit]

Hanson Boys' Grammar School[edit]

Hanson Girls' Grammar School[edit]


  1. ^ http://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/107440
  2. ^ "URN 107440 Hanson School". EduBase2 / Department of Education. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Quine, Oscar (7 November 2014). "The headteacher who sent home 152 pupils in a day explains why she did it". The Independent. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Barnett, Ben (16 December 2010). "Head teacher Tim Brookes quits as Hanson School put into 'special measures'". Telegraph and Argus. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "My Yorkshire: Peter Firth". The Yorkshire Post. 19 November 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2017. 

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