The Northumberland Church of England Academy

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Northumberland Church of England Academy
Established 2009 (mergers)
Type Academy
Religion Church of England
Executive Director Andrew Day
Chair Carole Snelling
Location Ashington
Coordinates: 55°10′33″N 1°32′52″W / 55.1758°N 1.5477°W / 55.1758; -1.5477
Local authority Northumberland
DfE URN 135886 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Gender Coeducational
Ages 2–19

The Northumberland Church of England Academy is an academy in Northumberland, England. Spread out across several campuses in southeastern Northumberland, it caters to pupils aged 2 to 19.


The school was founded in September 2009, replacing Hirst High School and nine primary school sites in the Ashington, Newbiggin-by-the-Sea and Lynemouth area of Northumberland.[1]

The new Josephine Butler Campus was handed over to the Academy by Kier Construction and Northumberland County Council on 1 March 2012, moving secondary, primary and special needs students into one building with the exception of the Thomas Bewick, William Leech, Grace Darling and James Knott campuses, which will stay at their current location.
The Centre [Special Educational Needs unit] will also include the SEN pupils from Abbeyfields First School in Morpeth which is also located in the Josephine Butler Campus.

£48 million was spent on the new academy. Of the sum, £2 million has come from the county council with the DfE and other grants funding the remainder. Funding was also provided by the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle[2] and the Duke of Northumberland (represented by Northumberland Estates), who have invested a combined £2 million in the Academy Trust.[3]


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