The Rural Enterprise Academy is a secondary academy free school and sixth form for pupils aged 13-19, located in Penkridge in Staffordshire. It is run by the Rural Enterprise Academy Trust, and is sponsored by three businesses: Veolia, the environmental solutions company; the National Farmers Union; and South Staffordshire College.
The academy is set in 180 hectares of Staffordshire countryside, and has a zoo, a fish hatchery, a working farm and an equine centre. It opened its doors to GCSE students in 2012, and since then has expanded to offer places to year 9 pupils, and has its own sixth form.
Values and vision
The school’s slogan is: “Fresh talent grown locally,” and its aim is to “educate, nurture and inspire future rural entrepreneurs”. The school is the only academy in the UK to specialise in environmental and land-based studies. It values its role as an inclusive school, valuing and accepting pupils as individuals, and dedicated to building their confidence and self-esteem.
“Most students have made good progress in their learning from their low starting points when they joined in Year 10, especially in English where their progress is outstanding. The curriculum is well suited to students’ interests and intended career paths, particularly for those wanting to work with animals.”
“Teaching in English and business studies is outstanding and most of it is good in other subjects... Senior leaders and governors provide effective leadership and ensure improvement in teaching and achievement. They are highly committed to the academy.”