I am honoured to be the Headteacher of Eaton Bank Academy, a school that promotes high standards and attainment, whilst also working at the heart of the local community for the benefit of our students.
Eaton Bank Academy is a successful and growing secondary Academy, serving the community of Congleton in South East Cheshire and North Staffordshire. Our GCSE results show that we are one of the leading schools in Cheshire East, with our students achieving well above national averages, something which we are rightfully proud of.
We also benefit from a successful Sixth Form, providing outstanding facilities for our post-16 students, of which 98% continue onto their chosen university or career destinations, as a result of our small class sizes and comprehensive student support package.
In my role, I am supported by a forward-thinking and visionary Governing Body to lead a well-qualified and experienced team of staff, in order to provide only the best for our students and the local community, as it so deserves.
As part of our vision to prepare students fully for their future lives, we work with a number of high profile local companies and organisations in order to ensure that our students gain a valuable insight into industry, commerce and other aspects of live outside the school curriculum.
Additionally, in line with our commitment to work at the heart of the local community we work closely with a number of community organisations, including the Congleton Partnership, Congleton Town Council and the Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group. We also extend our community work, supporting a number of good causes both at home and abroad, with many projects being led by our innovative Student Leadership Team.
Through our well-established partnership working at part of the Congleton Education Community Partnership, we foster strong relationships with other schools across Congleton, working on joint programmes and training, as well as sharing our experience and expertise.
Thank you for visiting our website, to find out more about Eaton Bank Academy. If you still have any questions or would like to arrange a visit to see our high-achieving school in action, please do not hesitate to contact the school.
We are always delighted to receive new students into Eaton Bank Academy, both in the normal admissions round at Year 7, and when transferring from other schools.
We often welcome new students at the beginning of Key Stage 4 (Year 10) and at the beginning of Sixth Form (Year 12).
We work closely with our partner primary schools to ensure a seamless transition process but as a top ten school in Cheshire East and with excellent school transport provision, we also receive a significant proportion of applications for places from children in other schools both in Cheshire and Staffordshire. Our PAN (planned admission number) is set well above the numbers currently in our partner primary schools so we do have capacity to take a good number of external applicants each year.
When to decide:
Because the deadline for the normal admissions process into Year 7 is the October beforehand (when your child is in Year 6) we normally suggest that you make your decision when your child is towards the end of Year 5. We offer tours of Eaton Bank Academy throughout the school year, at a time convenient to you, while the school is in operation and our staff are very happy to answer any questions you may have about the school. See our ‘Open Evenings and Tours’ page for more information.
Applications for the usual September intake are submitted on the Common Application form to the Local Authority responsible for the parental address. Students are admitted without reference to ability or aptitude. The planned admission number (PAN) for each school year is 180.
For more information on the normal admissions process see your local authority website
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In year admissions are those which can be arranged at any time during the school year and into any year group in the school.
Parents of students who wish to make an “in-year” admissions (for students wishing to join in years other than Year 7 and Year 12) should initially contact the Cheshire East Admissions team (or their “home” local authority if resident outside of Cheshire East) for the appropriate application form.
On the form, there will be the opportunity to select Eaton Bank Academy as their preferred choice.
If you would like any further information on in-year admissions or joining Eaton Bank Academy, please contact Mrs A Sumpter in the first instance via telephone on 01260 273000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about In Year Admissions, please download the booklet below.
Useful Information for admissions
**September 2020 – Due to social distancing measures we are unfortunately unable to offer school tours to parents and pupils. However, you can view our virtual Open Evening here https://www.eatonbankacademy.org/about/parents-information/eaton-bank-academys-open-evening-2020/. Further details on the school home page. If you have any specific questions, please email Mrs Sumpter email@example.com**
Under normal circumstances, we invite prospective parents and children to visit our school to and experience our learning environment, culture and values of our school. We hope to resume these tours as soon as it is safe to do so. The tour will take place with a member of the Senior Leadership Team, and there will be opportunities for parents to ask any questions they may have about the school as well as visiting lessons. Our school tours are open to all parents and children, regardless of year group.
If you would like to book a tour please complete our online form below or send an email to Alison Sumpter, firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please call Mrs Sumpter on 01260 273000. Please include in the email your own name, the name(s) of your children, their current school and year group.
We work closely with our partner primary schools to ensure a seamless transition process but as a top ten school in Cheshire East we also receive a significant proportion of applications for places from children in other schools both in Cheshire and Staffordshire.
As part of our extensive work with our partner primary schools, we hold a number of workshops and events throughout the year, in addition to our annual induction days for students who have chosen Eaton Bank Academy.
These have recently included;
Performing Arts: we have held regular workshops with all of our primary schools, based on the most recent school musical of “Hairspray”. This has included developing skills in Dance, Drama and Music. Members of our Performing Arts team also make regular visits to our feeder primary schools to provide specific workshops and help curriculum coordinators.
Design and Technology: we usually use our Design and Technology facilities for the benefit of our primary partners, given that many of them are not able to have a dedicated space with large scale equipment like those we benefit from. The primary students also enjoy working in food technology to showcase their creative skills!
Modern Foreign Languages: students have taken part in workshops alongside peers from other schools, learning more about the French language and culture and also sampling some French food! This has previously been combined with other subjects such as ICT, to show students the range of exciting subjects here at Eaton Bank.
Mathematics: extension opportunities are offered weekly for Gifted and Talented students in Maths, where they are given the chance to work with our specialist maths team on Level 7 work, which they would otherwise not cover as part of the Primary School.
Science: students regularly come for workshops both within the school day and after school as an extension to the curriculum where they carry out experiments which they would otherwise not be equipped for in their primary school classrooms. Experiments have included building hovercraft and working with Bunsen burners!
Physical Education: we regularly arrange and host fixtures for our partner primary schools, including competitions and events. Furthermore, we also organise workshops for specific games and skills such as football, netball and other popular games.
ICT: students take to work on exciting projects focussed around coding, using different software or scenario based tasks which develop the students understanding of using computers and also how the mechanisms of the computer work to provide the end result.
We also work as an active partner of the Congleton Education Community Partnership (CECP) and work alongside staff from other schools in the Partnership on developing specific curriculum and liaison activities. This has led to the recent development of a joint Science curriculum, ensuring that all students in Congleton gain a firm foundation in Science to take on to their secondary schools.