John Whitgift Academy is located in Grimsby and serves its local community with an increasing number of pupils traveling from further afield. The Key Stage 2 APS on entry is below the national average.
The academy is smaller than average, and currently has 633 pupils on roll (September 2019.) We serve a diverse community and, whilst some pupils come from affluent backgrounds, many live in areas containing pockets of deprivation, characterised by high unemployment, an inadequate employment base, low average income levels, poor physical and mental health and a degraded urban environment. It is therefore important that our curriculum meets needs the needs of all learners from a wide range of backgrounds. 70% of adults in North East Lincolnshire suffer from obesity and the Index of Multiple Deprivation in the local area is in the bottom 10%.
The proportion of disadvantaged pupils is above the national average (46.2% v 27.9%) as is the number currently in receipt of Free School Meals (25.4% v 14.1%). Pupils within the academy are mainly White British, with only 3.6% of pupils having EAL. The number of pupils with an EHCP is 1.4%, and there are 2 pupils requiring behavioural and emotional support who attend Wellspring Academy Trust which is a registered Alternative Provision within North East Lincolnshire.
We serve our local community and work closely with partners to plan a set of learning experiences that meet the needs of our students. In addition, we use local, national and international labour market intelligence to plan courses to best prepare our young people for life beyond school. The academy has recently actively sought and acquired new AAB members from local businesses. We have the highest standards and expectations for all students and we strive to provide a curriculum that respects the needs of all students as well as one that encourages young people to seek continuous development and improvement.