The Academy opened in September 2011. When its predecessor school, the Astor of Hever School, was last inspected by Ofsted in 2010 it was judged to be good overall. The Academy is sponsored by Woodard Schools. The Academy is a small secondary school with a smaller than average sixth form. It has specialisms in business and enterprise. Around one in eight students are known to be eligible for the pupil premium. The pupil premium is government funding targeted to support pupils entitled to free school meals, children in local authority care and children with a parent in the armed forces. The proportion of disabled students and those with special educational needs is above average. The proportion of students supported through school action plus and with a statement of special educational needs is also above average. Most of these students have behavioural, emotional and social difficulties or moderate learning difficulties. Three quarters of the students are White British and the remainder come from a variety of different minority ethnic groups. Most students speak English as their first language. The Academy’s recent unvalidated GCSE results met the government floor standard, which is the minimum level expected for students’ attainment and progress. A small number of students attend a local college, another local school or a local skills centre as part of their programmes of study. Governance of the Academy is the responsibility of the Woodard Academy Trustees and their representatives on the Academy advisory council.