Academy Info

This section provides you with all the background to The Sutton Academy as well as all the latest news and information.

Academy Info


Q. What is an Academy?

A. An Academy is a state-maintained but independently run school which has the help of outside sponsors.

Q. How successful are academies?

A. A report published in 2007 showed that GCSE results are improving in academies compared with the schools they replaced, and improving more quickly than in any other type of school. The results are even more impressive when pupils’ personal circumstances and prior attainment are taken into account. For the 36 academies that replaced underperforming schools, the proportion of pupils gaining five or more GCSEs at A* to C almost doubled, from 22 per cent in 2001 to 43.7 per cent in 2007.

Q. Who are the Sutton Academy’s sponsors?

A. The Academy’s sponsors are: • St Helens College

Q. What are The Sutton Academy’s specialism?

A. The Academy’s main specialism is Science. Additionally the Academy has several focus areas including of health, life sciences, sports sciences and sport. Enterprise will also be embedded throughout the curriculum.

Q. How do I apply to The Sutton Academy?

A. Each year the Academy takes XXX year 7 students. The Academy has agreed to follow the coordinated admission arrangements determined by XXX Local Authority.

Q. What should I do if I am concerned about my son or daughter?

A. Contact your child’s tutor or Pastoral Manager: see contacts list in the Parents & Carers section.

Q. What support is available if my son or daughter is struggling?

A. Class teachers will support any students who are struggling and parents can also contact them or Progress Leaders, if needed: see contacts list in Parents & Carers section.

Q. I never seem to find out about partnership meetings, school concerts etc. How can I do this?

A. Letters are sent home with information about all partnership evenings and this information can also be seen in the Events Calendar.

Q. Where can I find out more about school life?

A. You can find this out in the academy information pages of the web site.

Q. When does my child sit exams?

A. Your child will sit exams in Year 9, 10 & 11 and 6th form also. In some subjects, students will be working towards GCSE/BTEC exams from Year 8.

Q. What do I do if my child has an appointment during the school day?

A. Contact your child’s tutor / Pastoral Manager and inform them of the date & time. Your child will need to bring in their appointment card on the day also.

Q. What extra-curricular activities are available?

A. There are a wide range of activities and these can be found in the enrichment timetables in the Academy Information section.

Q. What happens in Year 9 when my child chooses their options?

A. Firstly, options evening is in January for students & parents to explore subjects with subject teachers. Secondly, options interviews are held in February with students & parents to choose options. Finally, option subjects are confirmed in writing during March.

Q. The Sutton Academy is such a big school won’t my son/daughter feel lost after Primary?

A. The Live to Learn curriculum has been specially designed with primary school teachers as a nurturing curriculum for students in Year 7 & 8. This is delivered in the Nurture base, which is only accessible to Year 7 & 8 students. By doing this students are gradually introduced to other subjects and areas of the school.

Q. What do I do if my child cannot practically take part in a PE lesson?

A. Write a note to your child’s PE teacher informing them of the reason why they cannot practically take part.

Q. Who can I speak to if I am concerened about my my child's tracking report?

A. Please contact your child's Progression Leader or Pastoral Manager for the subject you are concerend with.