Telford Langley School
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Its predecessor, Dawley Modern School, was opened at Pool Hill on 17 September 1956, to take children over 11 from four contributory primary schools; there were c. 500 pupils on the roll. By 1965 when comprehensive secondary education was introduced the school was renamed the Phoenix School (its name coming from idea that it 'rose from the ashes' of its predecessor). The number of pupils had risen to 1,159 by 1980. The main hall, canteen, and gymnasium, were destroyed in an arson attack on 29 December 1995.
The school was at one point in special measures, but standards have improved to the point where in 2007 the school gained a 'good' Ofsted report. The report noted that GCSE A*-C rates were below the national average but the school was commended for the high amount of progress pupils made between Year 7 and 11.
The school converted to academy status on 1 June 2013, and was renamed Phoenix Academy. The school became part of the Telford Co-operative Multi-Academy Trust. The school was moved from Manor Road to Duce Drive at the site of Paddock Mount in September 2013 though the redevelopment of the mount was controversial. In June 2010 a Hollywood-style sign for Dawley was erected on a prominent slope of the mount in protest.
The school was placed in special measures again in April 2015, and changed to a new academy sponsor in September 2015, the Community Academies Trust. As a result of the measures, the school was subject to a re-branding which included changes in staff, uniform, and name. In September 2015, the Phoenix Academy was changed to the Telford Langley School.
- "Local newspaper article on the opening of the new site". Shropshire Star. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- "Video about the felling of the trees on Paddock Mount for the redevelopment". You Tube. Sean Ecclestone. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- "Article about the Hollywood style sign". Shropshire Star. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- "Job cuts at under-fire Telford schools". BBC News.
From: 'Dawley: Education', A History of the County of Shropshire: Volume 11: Telford (1985), pp. 133–135. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=18096&strquery=dawley Date accessed: 11 November 2009.
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