Walsall Academy

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Walsall Academy
Established 2003
Type Mixed
Location Bloxwich

West Midlands
Students 1,000 including lower/upper schools
Gender Co-educational
Colours Purple and gold (Mercers' colours)

Walsall Academy is a Comprehensive Academy secondary school in Bloxwich, West Midlands, England. It opened in September 2003 with 470 students on the roll, and after four years that figure had increased to 1,150 – making it one of the most populated secondary schools in the Metropolitan Borough of Walsall.

The school was one of the first City Academies in Britain. Sponsored by the Worshipful Company of Mercers and Thomas Telford School, it provides free education for all students.

Built on the site of the former T. P. Riley Comprehensive School, it cost £23 million. A number of the teachers were carried over from T.P Riley School, while others were new recruits and a few were transferred from Thomas Telford School.

The current Head Teacher is Simon Rogers, who replaced Vivienne Evans. Miss Evans replaced the first Head Teacher, Jean Hickman in September 2009. Mr. Rogers joined the school as Deputy Head before becoming the Head Teacher in April 2015. As with Thomas Telford, demand for places is high. In its first year of opening, there were 421 applicants for the 168 (raised to 192 due to demand) places on offer for Year 7 students. The number was subsequently reduced back to 168.

In 2009, it was the fifth highest ranking secondary school overall (and the second highest ranking state comprehensive) in the borough with 61% of GCSE students gained 5 A*-C grades.[1]


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Coordinates: 52°37′25″N 1°59′56″W / 52.6236°N 1.9989°W / 52.6236; -1.9989