Whitehaven Academy

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The Whitehaven Academy
Type Academy
Principal Mr Warren Turner
Seconded Vice Principal Ms Jennifer Nimmo
Location Cleator Moor Road

CA28 8TY
Coordinates: 54°32′20″N 3°33′27″W / 54.53901°N 3.55741°W / 54.53901; -3.55741
DfE number 909/4000
DfE URN 140406 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 900
Gender Coeducational
Ages 11–18
Website School homepage

The Whitehaven Academy (formerly Whitehaven School) is a comprehensive co-educational secondary school with academy status, located in Whitehaven, in west Cumbria, England. The school was established in 1984.[1]

A February 2011 report from the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills said that the school 'has made inadequate progress in making improvements and demonstrating a better capacity for sustained improvement' in the previous two years, according to a report issued subsequent to an OFSTED team visit in January 2011. Lynette Norris who took over as headteacher in 2011 was described as bringing 'vision and energy' to the school since she took office.[2]

The school converted to academy status in January 2014, sponsored by the Bright Tribe Trust.

In 2011 Lynette Norris was made the headteacher of 'Whitehaven School' after Malcolm Smith her predecessor retired after holding the role from a number of years. Lynette had previously taught at many schools in the area and at the time was currently a deputy headteacher. During Mid 2014 a letter to parents from The Bright Tribe Trusts Director of Education Professor David Hopkins stated that by mutual interest Lynette was stepping down as 'principal' of The Whitehaven Academy.

The letter stated that the vice principal Ms Jacki Smith would become acting principal for at least 12 months. During late 2014 Jacki informed students and staff that she would be leaving the academy due to personal reasons and her resignation would take effect as of 31st December 2014. After Jacki left Vanessa Ray the principal of the nearby West Lakes Academy took over as acting principal and was assisted by Yvonne Sharples from The Bright Tribe Trust.

In January 2015 it was announced by the Bright Tribe Trust that they had appointed a new principal who was moving to the academy from Newton Rigg College where he is the director of studies. Mr Grant took up his position on 16 March 2015.

Mr.Grant was replaced by Mr. Warren Turner for the academic year 2016/17. Mr Turner had previously acted as Principal at Richard Rose Morton Academy in Carlisle.

Notable former pupils[edit]


  1. ^ Whitehaven School website
  2. ^ Clarke, Andrew (2011-02-17). "School 'fails to raise its standards' - Ofsted". Whitehaven News. CN Group. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 

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