Deacon's School

Deacon's School was located in Dogsthorpe, Peterborough, England. In 2007, the school was demolished and replaced by the Thomas Deacon Academy.

Deacon's School
Queen's Gardens

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Coordinates52°35′15″N 0°14′11″W / 52.58740°N 0.23651°W / 52.58740; -0.23651Coordinates: 52°35′15″N 0°14′11″W / 52.58740°N 0.23651°W / 52.58740; -0.23651
TypeFoundation school
Religious affiliation(s)Church of England
FounderThomas Deacon
Local authorityPeterborough
Department for Education URN110901 Tables
HeadteacherMichael Griffiths
Age11 to 18
FateClosed and rebuilt in 2007 to become an academy


The school opened in 1721 as Mr. Deacon's Charity School in Cowgate. In his will, Thomas Deacon, a successful wool merchant, provided for the creation of a school for 20 poor boys. In the 1830s, Deacon's School merged with The Island School for Girls, which had been established by a Mrs Island in her will.[1]

New accommodation for the school was built on Queen's Gardens in Dogsthorpe, opened in 1960 as Deacon's Grammar School. It was a voluntary aided school with about 450 boys in the 1960s.

It became a voluntary controlled co-educational comprehensive school in 1976. It became a grant maintained school in the 1990s and applied to become a Technology College, becoming a specialist school in 1994. The building remained in Dogsthorpe for 47 years until the Academy was built on the same site.[2] Administration moved from Cambridgeshire to Peterborough in 1998.

The Deacon's School Trust (now known as Thomas Deacon Foundation), created by Thomas Deacon's will, partially funds the Academy[3] with Perkins Engines. The school merged with John Mansfield School on Western Avenue and the Hereward Community College[4] (a former secondary modern school on Reeves Way[5] in Eastfield) to form a £46m Academy. Plans were approved on 11 August 2004, and it was originally due to open in 2006 and cost £34m. Construction began in July 2005.

Notable former pupilsEdit

Deacon's Grammar School
Deacon's School


  1. ^ "Joe Heppel's Search for the soul of Deacon's School". YouTube. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021.
  2. ^ "Deacon's School 1722–2007". Peterborough Council. Archived from the original on 25 October 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Thomas Deacon Academy".
  4. ^ "Geograph:: Hereward Community College, Peterborough © Julian Dowse".
  5. ^ "Geograph:: Reeves Way, Eastfield, Peterborough © Julian Dowse cc-by-sa/2.0".
  6. ^ "OBITUARY: City man who helped develop A-bomb dies". The Evening Telegraph. Peterborough. 17 April 2002.
  7. ^ "Lives in Brief". The Times. London. 22 November 2004.
  8. ^ Ian Gray
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 8 September 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ Michael McNay (29 February 2012). "Leonard Rosoman obituary | Art and design |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  11. ^ The Young Ones; the youngest players ever to wear a Peterborough United shirt,
  12. ^ Peterborough is the star of new album from MJ Hibbert,
  13. ^ Moses Samandar,
  14. ^ Moses Samandar,[permanent dead link]

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