Lydiard Park Academy

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Lydiard Park Academy
Established 1986 (as Greendown Community School), 2012 (as Lydiard Park Academy)
Type Academy
Executive Principal Mr C Zimmerman
Operational Principal Mr G Pearson
Location Grange Park Way
51°33′29″N 1°50′45″W / 51.55799°N 1.84593°W / 51.55799; -1.84593Coordinates: 51°33′29″N 1°50′45″W / 51.55799°N 1.84593°W / 51.55799; -1.84593
DfE URN 137264 Tables
Ofsted Pre-academy reports
Students 1155
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Colours 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. It is situated in the Grange Park area of Swindon, England, adjacent to Lydiard Country Park. The school has been awarded dual specialist status as a Sports College and Maths and Computing College. As of December 2017, there were 1155 students enrolled at the school.[1] It adopted Academy status in August 2011.

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 great 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.

Lydiard Park Academy is the founding member of The Park Academies Trust which was formed in August 2016. As of October 2016 another local Swindon secondary school, Abbey Park School (previously Isambard Community School), has joined the trust pending legal joining.


The uniform of the school consists of a blazer with a white shirt and a gold/navy striped clip-on tie. Currently there is a consultation taking place through the school leadership council to investigate whether the upper school should have a plain gold clip-on tie. A navy v-neck jumper with the school logo is optional.


The school's logo prior to the current Headmaster taking over

The school opened in 1986 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.

ASC Centre[edit]

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 November 5, 2010. Before this it was held in a room which has now been converted into an ordinary classroom.

Specialist status[edit]

The school was awarded specialist status in 2007 when it was still known as Greendown; it is now a specialist college 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.


The school entrance. This has since been refurbished

Lydiard Park Academy teaches a range of GCSEs, BTECs and Cambridge Technical Level 3 qualifications including:

  • 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 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


  1. ^ "Establishment: Greendown Community School". Edubase. Department for Education. Retrieved 21 January 2012.