About the Academy
St George’s Academy was first established in May 1908, with 208 children on roll. The school was one of the first Technology Colleges; it has been Grant Maintained and was a Foundation School before becoming an Academy in January 2010.
The school has a history of success with students and has a waiting list for every year group. The Academy now occupies a campus of 32 acres and has over 1600 students on roll at the main campus and around 350 on our village campus. The Academy is a comprehensive school serving Sleaford and the surrounding rural area. A £20 million building programme has just been completed and has added significantly to the already very good facilities.
Students attend the Academy from a distance of up to 15 miles. Many of the students live in small villages that surround Sleaford. The housing is still affordable and there are many beautiful villages and towns offering a high quality, rural lifestyle. Sleaford is a rural market town, with a mix of new and historic housing. The nearest large centre of population is the Cathedral City of Lincoln, 19 miles away. The Academy growth reflects the growth in the local population and the parental preference for the Academy over other schools.
The Academy is also part of a joint sixth form of around 700 students. This is an exciting venture that allows for a very wide choice for the students and for viable group numbers in all subjects. There is a full range of qualifications undertaken in the sixth form, including A2, AS, BTEC and NVQ. The joint sixth-form is a vibrant community and is taught across two school campuses, within walking distance of each other.
The main school is taught in groupings decided by subjects. Each year group is divided into two populations of equal ability and grouped by the department. There is a wide range of options, including vocational subjects at Key Stage 4. Student support is provided through a year system with each year having a Student Progress Manager and one assistant, as well as a team of form tutors. The focus of all staff is on the classroom and the interaction between staff and students.
The Academy has more than 150 teachers and a full range of support staff.
The ethos of the Academy is summarised in our “Aiming High” mission statement: we are trying to achieve the best for every individual child. We have a belief that our students can succeed in all aspects of their education and will take a responsible place in society. To achieve this is hard work! The examination results for the Academy have been very good and equally pleasing has been the development of the students as mature, responsible, caring individuals.
Our recent Ofsted, July 2015, graded the school as ‘good’ in every category.