Freebrough is smaller than the average-sized academy. It opened in September 2010 and is sponsored by Teesside University, Prior Pursglove College, and Redcar and Cleveland Council. Virtually all students are of White British heritage. The number who are eligible for the pupil premium is nearly double that found in other schools nationally. (This is funding available for students known to be eligible for free school meals, students in local authority care and those whose parents are in the armed forces.) Over a quarter of students have been identified as requiring extra help at school action because of their special educational needs or disability. This is above that found nationally. The proportion of such students receiving extra help at school action plus or who have a statement of special educational needs is also above average. From September 2012 the academy has offered sixth-form provision for its first group of Year 12 students. A purpose-built Enterprise Centre opened in December 2012. A small group of students attend local authority accredited E2E alternative education activities. There has been a significant change of staff since the academy opened. The academy received a monitoring visit in connection with the academies initiative from two of Her Majesty’s Inspectors in February 2012 and was judged to be making satisfactory progress. In 2012 the academy met the government’s current floor standards (these are the minimum standards and rate of progress expected of secondary-aged students).