The academy is sponsored, together with 3 other academies, by the Learning Schools Trust. The sponsor works with these academies to share effective practice and accelerate school improvement. The academy is located in Ipswich, Suffolk, and has been operational since March 2011. The work is coordinated by the Trust’s Chief Executive Officer. The academy does not meet the government’s floor standard, which sets the minimum expectations for attainment and progress in English and mathematics. The proportion of students eligible for the pupil premium, which is additional government funding is high, almost twice the national average. This funding includes those known to be looked after and/or eligible for free school meals. The proportion of students who have a statement of special educational need, or who are supported by school action or by school action plus, is over twice the national average.