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Why Shotton Hall?

Why Shotton Hall?

The Academy at Shotton Hall is a fully comprehensive Academy in Peterlee which provides a vibrant and stimulating environment for 11 – 16 year olds. In our most recent Ofsted inspection we were judged to be 'Outstanding' - the highest accolade a school can achieve.

The answer to the question "Why Shotton Hall?" is simple - we can offer your child a well rounded education in a place of excellence where everyone has the opportunity to fulfill their potential. Your child will be in a warm and supportive environment and will encounter challenging, exciting and enjoyable education experiences that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

Our brand new school opened (with much excitement) in January 2011 is a fantastic environment for children to learn in, offering them state-of-the-art equipment and facilities to enhance their education.

Our exam results speak for themselves with 81% of this year's GSCE students gaining Maths and English GCSEs at grades A* - C - the highest results in County Durham.

However, we believe that academic success alone is not enough and, as an Academy who specialises in performing arts, we take great pride in the extra dimension that dance, drama and musical activities bring to children's school experience. As anyone who has ever been to one of our wonderful school musicals will tell you, we can certainly give the bigger productions a run for their money!

Our motto is ‘Achievement through Partnership’ where education is seen as a partnership between school, home and the community and where we aim to bring out the best in every child together.

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Admissions

Our school governors are responsible for admissions to the Academy and plan to offer 230 places (admission number) at age 11 in September 2017. For full details on how we allocate places, please download our admissions policy here.

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Our vision and ethos

The Academy at Shotton Hall is founded on deeply held principles that every child is unique and that each has the right to an excellent education. 

We are committed to:

  • the pursuit of excellence in all that we do

  • providing a broad education designed to enable every young person to achieve their full potential and make the most of their talents

  • providing a calm, purposeful atmosphere where young people are cared for and able to learn with confidence

  • creating a healthy, happy, disciplined and supportive environment which promotes an independent work ethic and a love of learning

  • engendering respect for individuality and difference so that all will feel secure and equally valued

  • nurturing a sense of social responsibility and spiritual and personal development;

  • fostering integrity, confidence, resilience, creativity, good manners and sensitivity to the needs of others.

Our primary aim is for each young person to be both courageous and caring, resilient and determined as they strive for excellence, an active and well-rounded citizen with deep integrity, one who respects others and contributes positively to society.

A message from our principal Lesley Powell

I became a teacher because I believe in fairness and equal opportunities. I also believe that every child has the right to an excellent education. Learning is at the heart of any good society and the opportunity to learn from teachers who are committed, enthusiastic and innovative is a right that all children should have. At The Academy at Shotton Hall I pride myself on our ability to offer each child this opportunity. 

I am delighted to lead a team of exceptional teaching staff, supported by committed governors and to be working in such an energetic environment – a place where the determination of our youngsters to succeed and the passion of our teachers to make a difference makes me proud to be Principal.

Lesley
School years are amongst the most important in our lives, helping us to develop the knowledge, skills and characteristics we need to succeed. At The Academy at Shotton Hall, we work hard to give every child the very best start we can.

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