Hagley Park Academy is smaller than most other secondary schools. It became a sponsor-led academy in September 2011. The sponsor is the Creative Education Academies Trust (CEAT), whose mission is ‘to promote the improvement of educational opportunity for young people in the UK and to enhance the role of design in schools’. The academy forms part of the Rugeley Academies, which serve the town of Rugeley, together with its neighbour and federated partner, Fair Oak Academy. Both academies share the operation of a small sixth form, the Rugeley Sixth Form Academy, which is located on a separate site about a mile and a half away. All three academies were inspected at the same time. The academies have a single leadership team headed by an executive principal, and a single local governing body. Each academy has its own headteacher. The acting executive principal took up his post on 15 April 2013, following the retirement of his predecessor. Almost all students are White British. An average proportion of students are eligible for support from the pupil premium (additional funding provided by the government, mainly for students known to be eligible for free school meals and children looked after in public care). The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs supported at school action is average. The proportion supported at school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs is below average. The academy’s examination results exceed government floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress.