Wreake Valley Academy

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Wreake Valley Academy
Established 1971
Type Academy
Principal Tony Pinnock
Location Parkstone Road
52°42′16″N 1°04′07″W / 52.70446°N 1.06867°W / 52.70446; -1.06867Coordinates: 52°42′16″N 1°04′07″W / 52.70446°N 1.06867°W / 52.70446; -1.06867
DfE URN 137983 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Students 1337
Gender co-educational
Ages 11–19
Website www.wvacademy.org

Wreake Valley Academy (formerly Wreake Valley Community College) is a co-educational secondary school with academy status in Syston, Leicestershire, England. The school is known locally just as 'Wreake' or 'Wreake Valley', which is the name of the geographical area.

The college[edit]

WVA is an 11-19 co-educational school in Syston, Leicestershire, England. Despite its ship-like appearance, the building was actually inspired by Ziggurats and is now a listed building.[1]

The sixth form[edit]

Students in England have the option to leave school aged 16, once completing their GCSEs. It is optional for students to 'stay-on' in further education. The college's sixth form has grown in recent years, in 2005 there were only 71 students taking their A2 exams. In September 2004 the college, in an attempt to increase Post 16 numbers such as GNVQs. Many students progress to higher education and each year a number of students gain admission to prestigious Universities e.g. Oxbridge, Imperial College London and Warwick and courses such as medicine, veterinary medicine, economics and law.

The sixth form has its own area within the college, where only adults, students, sixth formers and staff are permitted to visit. Within this area are a number of classrooms varying in size and a quiet study area. There is also a common room for sixth form students to enjoy during break and lunch times or during free/study periods.

Students in the sixth form may take part in a number of extra-curricula activities, including Young Enterprise, Community Sports Leadership Award, many sports clubs e.g. football, rugby union and basketball.

Wreake Valley Community College has its own Proscenium stage on which Wreake Valley's students have performed in a variety of shows including Les Misérables (2008), RENT (2010) and We Will Rock You (2011).

Lesson structure[edit]

Since 2001 the school has operated on a two-week timetable, with each day containing five lessons.

Extra-Curricular Activities[edit]

The Air Training Corps (ATC) is a military based youth organisation for 13- to 20-year-olds and the local squadron (No 1181 Syston Squadron) is based in the grounds of the Academy.


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