The school is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The school moved into new purpose-built accommodation in September 2011. It is part of the Future Schools Trust, together with another secondary academy and a primary school. The academy is non selective and students come from a wide geographical area. Applications to Year 7 are much greater than the school’s capacity and the sixth form is also very popular. Most students are of White British heritage, with a small proportion from a range of minority ethnic groups. The proportion of students known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is below average. This additional funding is allocated by the government for students looked after by the local authority, those known to be eligible for free school meals and children of service personnel. The proportion of students receiving extra support through school action is above average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is well above average. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for the attainment and progress of students by the end of Year 11. A very small number of students receive behaviour support at Cedars Pupil Referral Unit, or work-related training at Kingsreach Skills Centre; very few are off-site the whole time.