The academy is smaller than average, and has up to 150 pupils per year group in Year 8-11, we were pleased to increase the intake for September 2019 up to 200 pupils in Year 7. The majority of pupils live in areas containing significant pockets of deprivation characterised by high unemployment, an inadequate employment base, low average income levels, poor physical and mental health and a degraded urban environment. The academy’s postcode falls within the bottom 20% of the most deprived areas in the country, the average IDACI score for Doncaster is 0.24.
The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is significantly above the national average (36% v 29%) as is the number currently in receipt of Free School Meals (20% v 12%). Pupils within the academy are mainly White British, with only 3.2% of pupils having EAL. The number of pupils with an EHCP is 2.1%, and a small number of pupils requiring behavioural and emotional support attend St Wilfrid’s Academy in Doncaster, which is a registered Alternative Provision within Delta Academies Trust.
We serve our local community and work closely with partners to plan a set of learning experiences that meet the needs of our pupils. In addition, we use local, national and international labour market intelligence to plan courses to best prepare our young people for life beyond school. We have the highest standards and expectations for all pupils and we strive to provide a curriculum that respects the needs of all pupils as well as one that encourages young people to seek continuous development and improvement.