Nene Park Academy

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Nene Park Academy (NPA)
Motto Here to achieve

1959 (as a grammar school) 1961 (as a comprehensive school)

2011 (as an academy)
Type Academy
Headteacher Stephen Howard (as of Sep. 2013)
Location Oundle Road
Local authority Peterborough
DfE number 874/5414
DfE URN 137082 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1200
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–19
Colours Black and Blue/Green/Red/Yellow

Nene Park Academy (formerly Orton Longueville School) is a secondary academy school in Peterborough. The school was renamed in September 2011 when it converted to an Academy upon joining Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust (CMAT).[1] A new £15 million academy building was opened by Professor Robert Winston [2] in February 2014. The Academy's sponsorship by CMAT means it is partnered with Swavesey Village College, one of the very best state schools in the country. Nene Park Academy is also home to Peterborough United Football Club's Youth Training Academy, and a partnership has been developed with the Club.


The Academy provides for pupils aged 11-19 and the Academy’s population was just over 960 in the 2013/14 year. The Academy has an admission limit of 180 for Year 7 students starting the 2014/15 academic year.


Grammar school[edit]

The school was built in the grounds of Orton Hall

The Academy began as Orton Longueville Grammar School in 1959. This was originally Fletton Grammar School in Old Fletton (also in Huntingdonshire), which opened in 1910, and moved to the new site. It kept Fletton's motto of Onward and Upward. The former Fletton school became a primary school on London Road. The 1959 Orton school was built by Huntingdonshire County Council (not the Soke of Peterborough which then contained most of Peterborough) on the grounds of Orton Hall, owned by the Marquess of Huntly. The hall is now a Best Western hotel. The grammar school had a catchment area as far south as the Alconburys and Sawtry. It was one of three grammar schools in the former Huntingdonshire (very similar area to the current district).


Next door to the grammar school, the Orton Longueville Secondary Modern School opened in 1961, which merged with the grammar school in September 1970. This school was originally situated in Woodston. It was administered by Huntingdon and Peterborough from 1965, Cambridgeshire County Council from April 1974, and the City of Peterborough from 1998.

In 2003 the school was selected by the DfES as a designated Specialist Business and Enterprise College. Two new computer suites were constructed to coincide with designation of specialist school.


On 31 August 2011 Orton Longueville School closed and reopened on 1 September 2011 as Nene Park Academy. Five different variations of the new school uniform was established to represent this, each bearing a different coloured collar; Blue, Green, Yellow, Orange & Red to represent the new housing system icons; Lennon (John Lennon), Brunel (Isambard Kingdom Brunel), King (Martin Luther King), Perkins (Jacob Perkins) and Winston (Robert Winston), respectively. The Academy's new £15m building officially opened in February 2014, and features purpose built science laboratories, IT and digital media studios, and parkland frontage of the Academy which includes a grass amphitheatre. The Academy's new IT infrastructure was also dubbed 'next generation' by Microsoft as it will introduce business level technology into the classrooms.[citation needed]

Academic performance[edit]

Nene Park Academy was inspected by Ofsted in November 2013 and rated as “good“ in all areas.[3] The report stated, "Achievement is good and rapidly rising. Significant numbers of students from different ethnic backgrounds make outstanding progress", and, "Workign together effectively, senior staff, governors, the Cambridge Meridian Academies' Trust and the local election authority have developed a good school in wonderful, new buildings."

In 2013, 97 per cent of pupils passed five or more A* to C grades at GCSE, with 60 per cent achieving five or more A*-C grades including English and maths. This was up by 11 per cent on the 2012 results.

In 2013, the Academy recorded a pass rate above 97 per cent in A level results, with 12 per cent of pupils picking up A or A* grades.

2013 league tables also show that the Academy’s pupils’ value added progress in year 11 is the highest in Peterborough and second highest in the whole of Cambridgeshire.

These results reflect dramatic improvement at the Academy, as Orton Longueville School had been given a ‘Notice to Improve’ in 2006 after Ofsted rated the school's effectiveness as 'unsatisfactory'.


Orton Longueville Grammar School[edit]

Fletton Grammar School[edit]

Nene Park Academy[edit]


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