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A message from the Head of School

I am delighted to welcome you to Accrington Academy. We are a popular, vibrant and successful 11-18, non-selective school. Our motto as part of the United Learning family of academies is “The Best in Everyone”. We have developed a culture of “hard work” and “dedication” from our students and staff alike, where high expectations and a desire for success are standard and everyone is proud to belong to Accrington Academy. We believe that everyone at the academy can be outstanding and we seek to draw out the full potential in everyone. We do this by instilling the following values in all our students:


  • Ambition
  • Determination to succeed
  • Respect for others, ourselves and the environment we live and work in
  • Enthusiasm
  • Confidence
  • Creativity

Nicola Palmer – Head of School

In May 2018 OFSTED identified that we were a good school. The cornerstone of our success is that students enjoy school. 


Students’ attitudes to learning are positive. Students want to do well at the academy



At Accrington Academy you will find a vibrant, happy and successful environment, delivering the highest standards of education and nurturing individual’s talents and skills. I am also proud to point to the many successes our students have in extracurricular and extended learning opportunities. We aim to ensure that all our students become “experts” in at least one activity. Our efforts are paying off.  Once again I look forward knowing that our students will continue this journey of excellence and we are well on target to surpass these results in summer 2019. At Accrington Academy each individual is supported and challenged to ensure they achieve their personal best. I also believe that the only real way to see our school is to visit. I hope to see you at one of our many events, an open evening or simply on a look around. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with further queries.