John Whitgift Academy
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The school became John Whitgift Academy in September 2011. There are around 800 pupils. It serves the areas of Great Coates, The Willows and Wybers Wood. It is situated in the Great Coates district on the western outskirts of Grimsby near the A1136 and around 500m from a railway station, easily accessed via the A1136 Europarc interchange of the A180. It is an undersubscribed school. It is in the parish of St Nicholas, Great Coates.
It is named after John Whitgift, a native of Grimsby and Archbishop of Canterbury from 1583 to 1604. Crosland Road where the school was built, was named after the former (pre-1977) MP for Great Grimsby, who implemented Comprehensive Education across the UK, specifically removing most grammar schools. Until April 1974 it was administered by the County Borough of Grimsby Education Committee, then Humberside Education Committee in Beverley. The school became known as Whitgift Comprehensive School.
Whitgift Film Theatre
The school has the 203-seat Whitgift Film Theatre. This is the only school in the UK with such a building, and was built as part of the school when the British Film Institute wanted a network of regional film theatres. It opened on 28 September 1972, showing Gumshoe, around the same time that Doncaster Film Theatre opened. There were 45 BFI-funded regional film theatres in the UK at that point. It became known as Grimsby Film Theatre.
From 1992 to 2000, it was known as Grimsby Screen. The cinema was bought from (former) Grimsby council when it was going to be closed by a group of amateurs who also had in their possession a large film library. The commercial operation briefly closed in April 2005 due to competition from the nine-screen Parkway Cinema in Cleethorpes which opened in November 2004 but the group of amateurs stepped in two weeks later. It used to be Grimsby's only cinema, until the Odeon was re-opened as The Regal on Freeman Street. It is now equipped with DTS digital sound.
Like most schools in Grimsby, it does not have a sixth form.
Whitgift's learning system was changed in 2006, when the tutor forms became "vertical", meaning that Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 students are in tutor forms together, rather than "horizontal" tutor forms, whereby there is only one year group in each form. The system was then changed again in June 2008, to include GCSE classes consisting of Year 9 and Year 10 students in one class. The GCSE courses were also condensed from two-year courses to one-year courses. This meant that instead of choosing only two options at GCSE to study over two years, students could choose two options per year for three years, so students have the chance to study 4 more GCSEs than usual. The system was changed again in June 2009, so Year 9, Year 10, and Year 11 students were in the same GCSE classes. The year before, Year 11 students carried on with the old curriculum, so could not participate in the vertical system.
Whitgift School's 2013 results were its best ever, achieving 46% 5A*-Cs including English & Maths. It is the fourth best performing secondary school in the LEA (out of the twelve).
Between 1995 and 2001 there were four fires at the school. The damaging of these was in March 1997 which destroyed the East Block and students missed around a month of school. Some students were moved to Oasis Academy Wintringham School, for Science lessons as the North Block was smoke damaged for some time after the fire. The fire in December 1995 started in the Library and caused £2000 of damage, to both library books and computers. In Winter 2000 and March 2001 a third fire and fourth fire happened during school hours.
- School threatened with closure in February 2007
- Getting funding to unsuccessfully become a sports college in April 2006
- Film theatre briefly closed in April 2005
- Boy expelled for holding a knife to 12-year-old girl's throat in November 2003
- Independent article October 2000