Welcome to Holbrook Academy


At Holbrook Academy, students learn, develop and succeed.

We have confidence in the skills and talents of our students and nurture these during their time with us.  Our aim is to help every child make the maximum possible progress – both in academic terms and as a developing individual. 

Our belief is that ‘everybody can be somebody’ and we encourage students to believe in their own limitless potential.  Our motto, ‘ad infinitum, et ultra’ (to infinity and beyond) – reminds our students that they can rise to and set themselves challenges, overcome barriers and have belief and confidence in themselves and their futures.

We are a very popular secondary school serving the Shotley Peninsula and wider community. We are proud of our good reputation and welcome students from over 25 feeder schools each year into Year 7. 

The secret of our success is a focus on the individual needs of every child.  This is only achieved through hard work and determination but we are helped by our relatively small size and long history of good relations with the community we serve.

We welcome prospective students and staff to come and visit us. We run regular open mornings and evenings and are happy to make special arrangements.  If you would like to do that, or for any other enquiry, please contact Sarah Beazley, PA to the Headteacher.

Nicola Mayhew – Acting Headteacher


Notice Board

  • w/c 23 March 2020

    The open school provision for key worker and vulnerable students began on Monday 23rd March. Families have been contacted about the details.


    The following Q&A document has been emailed home:-

    Q&As for Families – 24 March 2020


    Email to Parents / Carers – 27 March 2020


    How to log in to Google Classroom


    Google Classroom Codes


    Information from Post-16 Providers


    Letter for families with SEN/D children:-

    Minister Ford’s open letter to the SEND sector


    Guidance and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19) in educational settings for staff, parents and carers, and students can be found here.



  • Coronavirus Updates

    Details of previous information and updates provided to families can be found here:-

    Website Updates

  • Coronavirus Information

    Holbrook Academy will continue to follow the advice provided by Public Health England which is:



    Department for Education helpline to answer questions about COVID-19 related to education. Staff, parents/carers and young people can contact the helpline as follows:

    Phone: 0800 046 8687
    Email: DfE.coronavirushelpline@education.gov.uk (8am to 6pm (Monday to Friday))


    Well done to all students on their examination results. We are delighted that 70% of students in Year 11 achieved grade 4 or above in both English and maths; an increase of 4% from last year. There are so many individual success stories and it was fantastic to see the smiling faces of students who opened up their envelopes and saw that their hard work had paid off.  They can now confidently access their next steps in post-16 education or training. 


    We are proud of all of our students who worked incredibly hard at a difficult time for us. Headteacher, Dr Letman, who sadly died a few weeks before the exams started, had every confidence in the year group and he would have enjoyed celebrating with the students. 


    Mrs Nicola Mayhew – Acting Headteacher

  • OFSTED INSPECTION – 26 February 2019

    We are proud and delighted to report that Ofsted has recently judged that the Academy has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection in 2015. Inspectors particularly commended the quality of pupils’ progress and attainment across the curriculum and leaders’ clear vision for the future. We were also praised for our strong sense of moral purpose and our commitment to the success of all pupils. The full report is available here:-

    Ofsted Report 26 February 2019

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