Thomas Deacon Academy

Peterborough, United Kingdom

Location: Peterborough, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Thomas Deacon Academy

Thomas Deacon Academy

The Thomas Deacon Academy that we know today opened in 2007 as one of the UK’s first and largest academies. Whilst a building does not make a school, it is worth noting that Thomas Deacon Academy was designed by Norman Foster and Partners and in addition to our impressive main academy our beautiful 43-acre campus includes TDA Juniors - a modern, light and purpose-built Key Stage 2 facility - and expansive playing fields and sporting facilities.

Moving forward, our vision for the academy is a simple one: we want every member of our learning community to be the very best that they can be and achieve their full potential.

The academy’s core values of Trust, Discipline and Aspiration define who we are as a community and how we learn together. We believe that every member of our learning community should have the highest expectations and standards, showing trust and discipline in all that we do.

In September 2018, a new extension to the existing main building led to new accommodation being created for a sixth form study centre, refectory expansion and staff professional learning centre.

In September 2019, TDA received a very positive Ofsted report, judging the academy to be Good overall. Ofsted commented favourably, amongst other things, on the overall leadership of the academy, good teaching, positive relationships between staff and students and students’ behaviour. These aspects of the academy have been maintained alongside the identified areas for development being addressed.

The existing leadership structure sees a Principal supported by a Deputy Head and  a team of 2 Vice Principals and 5 Assistant Principals, plus the lead of the Head of TDAJ, all supported by the Trust’s Director of Education. 


The Thomas Deacon Education Trust (TDET) is a multi-academy Trust that unites and empowers like-minded schools to achieve the very best for their students and communities.

We are unashamedly proud of our links to the city of Peterborough and its surrounding areas.

We share the city’s ambitious vision for growth and believe that our schools and the education of young people need to be at the heart of these plans.

As a Trust, we work across all key phases of education to provide every child in our community with the best life chances and high aspirations.

Our academies work closely together, taking part in real and meaningful collaborations between teachers, students and local business leaders. We value our local communities and actively encourage our schools and staff to share best practice to benefit all children within each local area.

All members of our Trust – our academies, members of staff, students and communities - are united in purpose through a common set of values and expectations:

· Trust – we are honest and supportive

· Diversity – we embrace individual differences

· Excellence – we want the very best and never give up on doing what is right 

· Transformation – we work together to make a positive impact

Through experience, we know that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to education. Our academies are individual members of the Trust community and are connected by a common set of values but are free to innovate and adapt to the needs of its pupils and the local community. 

We firmly believe that the Trust as a whole is more than the sum of its parts. Therefore, all of our academies are equally valued and contribute to the development and direction of the Trust as we grow together.

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Address: Queen's Gardens, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE1 2UW, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1733 426 063
Positions available at Thomas Deacon Academy