Suffolk, United Kingdom
About Chantry Academy
Chantry Academy is a mixed, non-selective, non-denominational secondary school situated in Ipswich, Suffolk. There are approximately 693 pupils at the school between the ages of 11-16.
Formerly Chantry High School and Suffolk New Academy, the school opened in 1962 and converted to academy status in 2012 after collaborating with Suffolk New College. In 2014, the school underwent construction to updates its facilities and create a brand new building on its existing site. After Active Learning Trust took over sponsoring the school in 2015, it changed its name again to Chanty Academy following a public vote.
Values and vision
Chantry Academy has six core values: versatile, aspirations, learned, understanding, engaged and determined. It wants all children to receive an outstanding education in a welcoming and happy learning environment. The school has five core beliefs: that every child wants to be successful, there are no barriers to learning, there is no excuse for poor progress, we get what we expect and learning is our core purpose. Community is at the heart of the secondary school and it lets out Chantry Academy Community Centre to locals in the Ipswich area, who use it for everything from birthday parties to evening classes. Chantry Academy offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for pupils to attend after school, ranging from chess club to music lessons, enabling them to expand their interests and learn new skills.
“The move to the new school buildings has greatly enhanced pupil conduct. Pupils appreciate their new environment and treat it with care. This contributes to the positive atmosphere around the site. The design and layout of the new building has improved the effectiveness of staff supervision throughout the school day. Pupils move around the school in a consistently calm and orderly fashion and are almost always polite and courteous to adults and each other. They are proud of their school and wear their uniforms smartly”.