|The Laurel Academy|
|Trust||Delta Academies Trust|
|Department for Education URN||146639 Tables|
|Age||11 to 18|
The school was founded in October 1904 as Mexborough and District Secondary School. It became Mexborough Grammar School in 1931.
On 7 March 1968 members of the school's sixth form took part in a 25-minute-long television programme, part of a competitive series entitled Sixth Sense, which was broadcast on BBC One at 18.40. The students investigated and aired their views on the topics of anti-German prejudice, vivisection, and Christmas cards, and their contributions were judged by Sir Jack Longland, Sir Christopher Chataway and Mary Holland. Ten years earlier, a team from Mexborough Grammar had taken part in the Granada Television youth discussion programme We Want an Answer.
Mexborough Grammar School merged with Mexborough County Secondary School, a secondary modern school, in 1975 and became a comprehensive school. It was known as Mexborough School, and for a period in the early 2000s as Mexborough School Specialist Science College.
Previously a community school administered by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, Mexborough School converted to academy status in January 2015 and was renamed Mexborough Academy. It continues to coordinate with Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council for admissions. The school was sponsored by the Wakefield City Academies Trust (WCAT). In 2016, the school introduced a new logo, which dropped the long-standing Latin motto of Abeunt Studia in Mores (Studies Pass on into Character). Low numbers led to the school's sixth form closing in summer 2017, though it legally remains an 11–18 institution.
WCAT announced its intention to disband and give up all its schools, including Mexborough Academy, in September 2017. After a lengthy delay due to the school's Private Finance Initiative contract, the school was transferred to Delta Academies Trust on 1 November 2018. On 1 December 2018, Delta renamed the school The Laurel Academy.
Notable former pupils
Mexborough Grammar School
- Kenneth Antcliffe, Director of Education from 1975–89 at the City of Liverpool
- Christopher Bell, CEO of Ladbrokes
- Tony Capstick, comedian and broadcaster
- Geoffrey Heald-Smith, conductor
- Ted Hughes, poet and Poet Laureate from 1984–98, who married Sylvia Plath
- Prof Jane Humphries, Professor of Economic History since 2004 at the University of Oxford (All Souls College, Oxford), and President from 2010-13 of the Economic History Society
- Air Vice-Marshal Alan Johnson FRAeS, Commander from 1984-86 of the RAF Princess Alexandra Hospital at RAF Wroughton
- Cyril Kilner, Assistant Editor from 1952-75 of the Doncaster Gazette, and President in 1969 of the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)
- Harold Massingham, poet
- Chris Moore (illustrator), works in science fiction, and created many 1970s famous album covers
- Angela Morley, award-winning composer, arranger, and conductor
- Brian O'Malley, Labour MP from 1963-76 for Rotherham
- Michael Purshouse FIMechE, FIET, FREng, FInstP, Thales Group technical engineer and project director
- Trevor Smallwood OBE, entrepreneur who founded Badgerline in the 1980s, which merged in June 1995 with GRT Group (of Scotland) to form FirstBus, now FirstGroup, being Executive Chairman from 1995–99
- Alan Sunderland, footballer with Arsenal
- Peter James Thomas, entrepreneur
- John Wall CMG, Ambassador to Paraguay from 1957–59
- Johnathan Daniel Matthews Also known as Johny D Matthews, Multi award winning artist, founded the lost boys tattoo studio and art gallery, www.lostboystattoostudio.co.uk
- Peter Hardy, Baron Hardy of Wath, Labour MP from 1983-97 for Wentworth (taught English)
- Dame Julia Higgins FRS, Professor of Polymer Science from 1989-2007 at Imperial College London, and President from 2002-03 of the Institution of Chemical Engineers (taught Physics from 1966–68)
- "Welcome to Mexborough Academy". mexborough.doncaster.sch.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- Ely, Steve (2015). Ted Hughes's South Yorkshire: Made in Mexborough. London. p. 110. ISBN 978-1-137-49935-6.
- BBC Genome
- Mexborough & District Heritage Society
- "Academy partnerships". mexborough.doncaster.sch.uk. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
- "Failing academy trust to pull out of 21 schools". The Guardian. Press Association. 9 September 2017. Retrieved 9 September 2017.
- Staufenberg, Jess (9 March 2018). "WCAT school left without sponsor over £1 million-a-year PFI contract". Schools Week. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
- Robertson, Alix (22 September 2018). "Mexborough school finally set to transfer to Delta in November". Schools Week. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
- Kessen, David (4 December 2018). "Doncaster school renamed for new era under new trust". Doncaster Free Press. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
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