The Alec Reed Academy is a special partnership between Government and private investment. The Academy’s founding Sponsor is Sir Alec Reed, who was knighted in recognition of his entrepreneurial and philanthropical work both in the UK and Internationally. The Academy comprises:
- A Neighbourhood Nursery Initiative for 3-5 year olds linked to a 0-3 nursery nearby
- An extensive parenting programme with activities for children under 3 years
- A Nursery and Primary School for 3 – 11 year olds
- A High School for 11 – 19 year olds
- An Adult Learning Centre
- A Community Sports Centre
The co-located Local Authority maintained John Chilton School for both primary and high school age students with special needs is also housed at the centre of the Academy building.
As an all-age school with over 1700 children and young people and 280 staff the Academy provides an environment for life long learning in state of the art facilities. From the professional theatre, dance and recording studios to the sports hall, fitness suite, climbing wall, extensive professional outdoor sports facilities which include a professional standard all weather pitch, five-a-side pitches and tennis courts, Alec Reed Academy leads the way nationally as a school of the future realised today.
The aim of the Academy is to provide high quality education across the full age and ability range, covering the national curriculum and stage not age progression, a longer taught day in the high school and with an added focus on the Academy’s specialism of Enterprise.
It is a strong feature of the philosophy of the Alec Reed Academy to focus on and encourage positive values and attitudes as a necessary prerequisite for successful learning. The effective systems of behaviour management are underpinned by an extensive system of pastoral care and inclusion which promotes confidence and independence.