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The Academy At Shotton Hall is a secondary school in Peterlee, County Durham, England. It is a school for 11- to 16-year-olds and is a specialist Performing Arts College it was renamed from Shotton Hall School in February 2011. The school has recently undergone major renovation work as part of the Government's Building Schools for the Future (BSF) program. The work has seen the school completely rebuilt and the old school buildings were demolished. It now does not only serve as a school but have more community based facilities and will be named Shotton Hall Life Park.[1] The current head teacher at the school is Lesley Powell. Previous head teacher, Ian Mowbray, retired In July 2010.

The Academy at Shotton Hall
Waveney Road

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Coordinates54°44′56″N 1°20′56″W / 54.749°N 1.349°W / 54.749; -1.349Coordinates: 54°44′56″N 1°20′56″W / 54.749°N 1.349°W / 54.749; -1.349
MottoAchievement Through Partnership
Religious affiliation(s)Mixed[citation needed]
Local authorityDurham County Council
SpecialistPerforming Arts College
Department for Education URN114314 Tables
Chair of governorsRoy Simpson
Head teacherLesley Powell[citation needed]
Age11 to 16
HousesNone since new school was finished
Former NameShotton Hall Comprehensive School, Shotton Hall Secondary Modern School
Telephone Number0191 5862580



Shotton Hall School was first opened in 1963 as a secondary modern school, but in 1973 it became a comprehensive school and it was extended with new buildings such as the B block, the Towers, Speed, Metcalfe and Nicholson house blocks, the music block, the art block, the music block and the sports hall. The school suffered from an arson attack in 1983 which burnt down much of the old A block and the new A block was built later that year. The school was granted Specialist Performing Arts College status in 2003. Recently, the school has applied for "Fast track academy" Status and on 1 February 2011, was renamed The Academy At Shotton Hall.

New School DevelopmentEdit

Workers finished the construction work in December 2010, and as a result. The school Christmas holidays were extended by 2 weeks. The new schools features the same extensive performing arts equipment as there was in the old school, but most of it has either been replaced or improved in some way. The school was very lucky for the building of the new school to not have been scrapped, as many were as a result of the scrapping of the BSF project by the government. The old school buildings were demolished between May and July 2011.


GCSE results at the school have continued to improve and in 2009, 98% of students taking GCSEs achieved 5 or more grades A* to C, making it the second best performing school in County Durham and one of the 30 most improved schools nationally. Shotton Hall was also judged as an 'outstanding' school in its most recent OFSTED inspection (full inspection report can be read by clicking on the OFSTED number on the right). The current pupils include the singer Courtney Hadwin.

Performing artsEdit

The school has a wide range of performing arts facilities including a hall with an extensive and professional lighting system, a dance studio, a drama studio and a professional recording studio. The school currently has a performing arts website which was launched on 1 January 2009.