Neale-Wade Academy

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Neale-Wade Academy
Established 17th century (grammar school)
1969; 1983 (mergers)
2013 (academy)
Type Academy
Principal Jason Wing
Location Wimblington Road
PE15 9PX
52°32′14″N 0°05′19″E / 52.5372°N 0.0886°E / 52.5372; 0.0886Coordinates: 52°32′14″N 0°05′19″E / 52.5372°N 0.0886°E / 52.5372; 0.0886
Students 1358
Gender Co-educational
Ages 11–19

Neale-Wade Academy (formerly Neale-Wade Community College) is a secondary school and sixth form with academy status in the market town of March, Cambridgeshire, England. As with many state schools, the current school was the product of a merger of a grammar school and a comprehensive school. The merged school has since grown to become the Fenland's largest secondary school. It was designated Mathematics & Computing specialist status in 2005, and gained academy status in 2013.


March Grammar School[edit]

The college can trace its history back to 1696 when William Neale left an estate, the income of which was to help educate 8 poor boys. In 1717, Henry Wade left £20 per annum to pay for a schoolmaster to teach 20 poor children of the Parish. These two bequests were the origin of what eventually became March Grammar School.[1] School premises were built on Station Road in 1876 and the school stayed there until a new site was opened on Wimblington Road in 1964. The Old Boys and Masters of the school who gave their lives during the two World Wars are commemorated on plaques which are displayed in the current college's main hall.[2]

Other schools[edit]

Hereward School was founded in 1934 due to the need for another senior school in the town. It turned fully comprehensive in 1969.

March High School for Girls was the local girls' grammar school. It was founded in 1907 to complement the boys-only March Grammar. Both schools merged in 1969.[3]


The existing College site was established in the 1964 for the Grammar School. Around this time, the tripartite system was being phased out and many grammar or selective state schools were being merged with secondary modern schools. March Grammar and March High merged in 1969 to form Neale-Wade School. In 1983, after a great deal of debate and considerable building, the Neale-Wade merged with Hereward School to form a new comprehensive on the Neale-Wade site. It was agreed to keep the Neale-Wade name while designating the School a "Community College".[4]

After the March 2012 inspection, the college was placed into special measures by Ofsted but has since made progress under new principal Jason Wing, for which he was commended by inspectors in a follow-up report.[5]

In early November 2012, the school held meetings with parents and the community to discuss the possibility of converting into an academy.[6] The College became Neale-Wade Academy, an Active Learning Trust school on 1 April 2013.[7]

Former pupils[edit]

The March Grammar School Old Boys Association was founded in 1919 as its alumni association. In 2007 it changed its name to March Grammar and Neale-Wade Former Students Association to include former pupils of the current Neale-Wade Community College.

March Grammar School[edit]


Former staff[edit]

Grammar School[edit]

  • Stephen Crook, photographer[15]


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