Sweyne Park School

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Sweyne Park School
Established 1997
Type Academy
Headteacher Mr Andy Hodgkinson
Location Sir Walter Raleigh Drive
England, United Kingdom
Coordinates: 51°35′44″N 0°35′55″E / 51.595525°N 0.598705°E / 51.595525; 0.598705
DfE number 881/4011
DfE URN 139534 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1,288 pupils
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–16 (18 from 2014)
Website www.sweynepark.com

Sweyne Park School is a coeducational secondary school situated in Rayleigh, Essex, England, with specialised provision for hearing-impaired pupils.[1] The school was formed in September 1997 following the amalgamation of Sweyne School and Park School. The Headteacher is Andy Hodgkinson MA (Oxon) who took the position in 2006, following the death of the founding headteacher, Kate Spiller B.Ed., M.A.

The school is an 11-18 academy (with a roll of 1,240 pupils), having opened a sixth form in September 2014. The sixth form has a maximum role of 140 students, including 15 external students, who will be admitted in Year 12.

In 2007, the school embarked on its journey to become a Thinking School,[1] which has been instrumental in the school’s continued success, including gaining an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ rating in 2010.[2]

The school has established a strong reputation in the educational community, taking a lead in a range of projects including the Employability for Life Charter, Pupil Voice and improving the accessibility of learning environments, especially for pupils with hearing impairment.

In 2014, Andy Hodgkinson was awarded the Gold Plato as Senior School Headteacher of the Year, in the Pearson's Teaching Awards


The school has achieved a number of awards since it opened. The following awards have been awarded or re-accredited since 2010:

  • Artsmark Gold Award
  • International School Award[1]
  • Investors in People Gold Award[1]
  • Leading Edge Partnership
  • Leading Parent Partnership Award
  • National Support School
  • Ofsted "Outstanding" School
  • Recognition of Quality Award (Careers)
  • Thinking School (Exeter University)
  • UNICEF Rights Respecting School
  • Head Teacher of the Year Award