“There has been a marked improvement in the behaviour of students and the attitudes they display. On inspection, students were polite. The Academy is a calm, orderly place and students feel safe.” Ofsted 2015
After a turbulent few years, Central Academy came out of Special Measures in February 2015. With new leadership and sponsorship from United Learning in place since September 2014, the school is making rapid progress with the aim of being securely Good by the time of its next Ofsted inspection. The school’s GCSE results for 2014/15 demonstrate it to be one of the most improved secondary schools in Cumbria.
Housing a Sixth Form which is shared with its sister Morton Academy, with which it works in close partnership, Central is a thriving school where local children are able to develop the confidence to enjoy their learning and aspire to university and beyond.
Central Academy benefits from the executive leadership of a highly experienced and inspirational Executive Principal and a supportive governing body. With an ambitious Head of School in post since last summer, the team and structure is ideally placed for augmenting the progress that is already well underway and building a significant school over the coming few years which children will increasingly celebrate being part of.
There is a rapid but manageable shift in progress and improvement which is being led by a team who are committed to the school and who are supported by the resources, opportunities, training and expertise of one of the most experienced schools groups in the country.
Over the past 18 months, key strategies have been successfully implemented to improve behaviour, attendance and the quality of teaching and learning so that for the first time in its history, Central Academy has all the correct components in place to meet the needs of its children and its community.
Situated in Carlisle on the borders of the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland and with over 40% of students eligible for Free School Meals, Central Academy provides the excitement and challenges of inner city school life in the beauty of rural heartlands.
This is an opportune moment to become part of Central’s success. Having emerged from a turbulent past, it is now well-placed to embrace a confident and transformative future.