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Believe, Achieve, Succeed


At E-ACT Parkwood Academy we are determined that our students believe in themselves, have high aspirations and leave us as confident, articulate and successful young people, fully equipped for life and work in the 21st century.

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We believe that every child can achieve and succeed. Our high aspirations for our students creates an environment which supports and challenges everyone to achieve their full potential, both inside and outside the classroom.

Our dedicated and enthusiastic staff are committed to providing every young person at Parkwood with the very best start in life and education of the highest possible standard. At the heart of everything are our core values – ‘Believe, Achieve, Succeed’.

These values are a central part of every students’ experience at Parkwood. As an E-ACT academy, we work together to ‘Think Big’ and ‘Do the Right Thing’ for our students and their families. We are a team and the Parkwood spirit personifies our E-ACT value of ‘Showing team spirit’.

In a rapidly changing world E-ACT Parkwood Academy offers a forward-thinking and dynamic learning environment. Our students benefit from a highly personalised curriculum underpinned by the use of innovative learning resources and a commitment to ensuring each and every student leaves Parkwood with the skills, knowledge and confidence to succeed. The curriculum includes a wide variety of opportunities to both reflect their identities and broaden their world view.

We believe that the very best schools and academies enable students to enjoy learning and participate in a vast range of enrichment opportunities – our futures programme at E-ACT Parkwood Academy embodies this idea. Ask any student and they will tell you that they love coming to the academy, and are excited about the future that Parkwood offers them.

Our recent OFSTED inspection recognised our commitment to safeguarding and the care we place on each individual student.

‘Leaders know this school well. They care for every pupil. Leaders are committed to making it a place where pupils get the best possible experiences.’

‘Pupils meet high expectations and behave well around the school and in their lessons. They are respectful towards each other and adults. Pupils say that bullying is rare.’


If you would to arrange a visit to our fantastic academy, please contact

Gemma Cottingham

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