26th - 27th January 2011
Brooke Weston Academy is a larger than average-sized 11-19 secondary school. It changed from Brooke Weston City Technology College to Brooke Weston Academy in 2008. Student numbers have increased significantly in the last two years and the academy is currently oversubscribed. Over 24 new staff, including nine newly qualified teachers, have joined since the academy was opened. In recent years, there has been an increase in the numbers of students with special educational needs and/or disabilities, including those with statements of educational needs. There has also been an increase in the number of students from minority ethnic backgrounds. Despite these increases, the percentages of both remain below the national average.
The academy has a number of specialisms including applied learning, which embraces a range of courses delivered within a work-based context, for example, technology, engineering and production and performing arts. The academy holds a number of awards, for example, Investor in People, Sportsmark and Healthy Schools Gold.