New Charter Academy opened in September 2008 and is much larger in size than the majority of secondary schools nationally. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium (students known to be eligible for free school meals, students looked after by the local authority and those from armed service families) is very high. There are no students from service families currently in the school. In 2011 and 2012 there were no students in Year 11 who were looked after by the local authority and no GCSE results for this group of students. The proportion of students from minority ethnic groups is above average. Most of these students are of Pakistani heritage. The proportion of students that speak English as an additional language is well-above average. The proportion of students that are supported through school action is well-above average, as is the proportion supported through school action plus or with a statement of special educational needs. The proportion of students who join the school at other than normal times is well-above average. In 2012 the school did not meet the current government floor standards that set minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. A very small number of students attend courses at Tameside College. The school moved into new, purpose-built accommodation in September 2011. The sixth form was opened in September 2010 and is much smaller than most sixth forms nationally. Following a reorganisation of the senior leadership team, many new leaders have been in post since September 2012.