Joyce Frankland Academy

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Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport
Official logo, reads "Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport"
Bury Water Lane

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CB11 3TR

Coordinates51°59′26″N 0°12′50″E / 51.990558°N 0.213817°E / 51.990558; 0.213817Coordinates: 51°59′26″N 0°12′50″E / 51.990558°N 0.213817°E / 51.990558; 0.213817
Former nameNewport Free Grammar School
FounderJoyce Frankland
Department for Education URN138734 Tables
HeadteacherMr Duncan Roberts
Age11 to 18
Houses     Thompson      Caius
     Saxie      Banstead
     Morden      Trappes
Former pupilsOld Newportonians

Joyce Frankland Academy, Newport, formerly Newport Free Grammar School, is a school in Newport, Essex, England. It was founded in 1588.[1] The school is a mixed secondary school with a sixth form. It previously existed in different forms including a boarding school and a grammar school. The headteacher is Gordon Farquhar and the deputy headteachers are Kay Turner, Matthew Gibson and Mike Hodgkiss. As of 2012, there were 987 students, including 160 in the sixth form.[2]

It takes its current name after Dame Joyce Frankland (1531-1588), the only daughter of goldsmith Robert Trappes, who founded it as the "free Grammer Schole of Newport". Dame Frankland also made a number of educational bequests in her will to colleges at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Specialist and academy status[edit]

The school achieved Specialist Language College status in July 2003 from DfES and has been a Language College since September 2003.[3] The school achieved a second specialism in Science, commencing 1 September 2008 but this was later lost.

The school converted to academy status on 1 September 2012.

Academic standards[edit]

In 2011, Newport Free Grammar School was ranked 405th out of the 429 institutions supplying A-Level results to the Daily Telegraph's annual league table based on the percentages of A*, A and B grades achieved.[4]

Following an inspection on 15 March 2006, Ofsted rated the school as good, the second-best grade on its four-point scale. Inspectors said teaching was "sometimes outstanding, even inspirational" in languages and the humanities but needed improvement in mathematics and IT.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ "Tradition to Technology". Newport Free Grammar School. Archived from the original on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
  2. ^ "Ofsted Report 2012". 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-10-09. Retrieved 2012-12-27.
  3. ^ "designated specialist schools listed by government regions and specialism excel spreadsheet". DFES. Archived from the original (XLS) on 2006-07-21. Retrieved 2007-01-11.
  4. ^ Payne, Sebastian (2011-08-19). "A-level results 2011 school-by-school". The Daily Telegraph. London. Archived from the original on 2018-09-03. Retrieved 2018-04-03.

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