Brooke Weston Academy
Coomb Road, Great Oakley, Corby, Northants. NN18 8LA
T 01536 396366
Associate Principal: Sam Strickland
Brooke Weston Academy is an Academy in Corby, teaching students from age 11 to 18. It has consistently placed very highly in GCSE league tables and has an above average value added score at Key Stage 4. The value added score for Key Stage 5 is below average. Attainment on entry is well above average and the proportions of students with learning difficulties and disabilities or eligible for free school meals are much lower than average. Until September 2008, the school operated as a City Technology College.
Founded in 1991, the school was opened as a City Technology College. The college’s catchment area includes Corby, Kettering and surrounding towns and villages. Two businessmen, Hugh de Capell Brooke, a local landowner, and Garry Weston, owner of Associated British Foods donated land and funded the initial building of the school respectively, along with additional grants from the Weston Foundation. The school opened in September 1991 under the name Brooke City Technology College. The name was changed 18 months later to reflect the continued support offered from the Weston Foundation.
Lessons begin within school at 8:35am, and all students are required to sign in to the school using their cards by 8:30am. There are five lessons within a school day all lasting 1 hour 15 minutes long, which allows for extra curricular learning. Students receive a fifteen minute breakfast break during lesson one, and a thirty minute lunch break in lesson three. They do not have playtime during these breaks, but do have an option to sit in the courtyard located in the centre of the school during the summer time. The school day ends at 4:05pm with school buses departing at 4:15pm from the front of the college. After-school activities and clubs are also available for students wishing to stay on past 4:05pm, students however cannot stay on, on Friday. Students who choose to stay on can only stay in the school until 6pm. There are eight tutor groups in each year group and these are as follows: B, R, K, W, E, S, T, and N.
- Gareth Newman CBE: 1991 – 1999. Was awarded a CBE in 1997 in recognition of his services to education. The library at Brooke Weston is named after him in his honour.
- Sir Peter Simpson OBE: 1999 – 2007. Was awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to the school.He was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2011.
- Trish Stringer: 2007–Present.
The school makes use of electronic whiteboards in all classrooms, learning bases and study rooms. Every student and member of staff have their own user accounts and storage areas. The school also houses a local area network, allowing students to access their work from any computer within a safe environment, and abiding to a usage policy. Strict filtering remains in place to stream-line the learning experience for the good of the pupils.
The school produces and sells an ‘online curriculum’. This consists of a wide range of interactive learning materials and online tasks which all relate to various subject areas. The school’s subsidiary company, @tain, then sells access to the content to other schools. In addition, the school also provides training days which allow teaching staff from other schools to attend seminars at the school and learn the methods in which the school teaches the courses provideed on its online curriculum and how to maximise the effectiveness of using it in a classroom environment.
Each year, the school holds it annual sports day at Corby Triangle near Rockingham where it displays almost all popular track and field disciplines. Sport’s day also includes the final of the inter-tutor Tug of War competition. Sports Day is highly popular for students, and each tutor group in a year competes against each other to gain the most points and win the trophy. Tutor groups also participate in inter-tutor football and rounders/netball each year.
Brooke Weston holds an annual prizegiving in September of each year, celebrating the achievements of the students for the previous academic year. Prizes are awarded in each year for all subjects, student of the year, and also recognition for academic success in GCSE and A Level.
The school also has a Design Technology suite, with CAD/CAM facilities and a laser cutter. The CAD/CAM suite also includes an A3 colour laser printer. The department also includes two workshops containing CNC lathes, wood-turning lathes, metal working lathes, scroll saws and pillar drills, jig-saws and clamps as well as plenty of other equipment. The department also features excellent facilities for textiles and sewing as well as an area for students to review and edit design plans digitally using a range of programs. It was recently refurbished at a cost of £250,000. The school also has its own video editing studio with chroma-key (blue-screen) facility.