The Pingle Academy is an 11-18, co-educational, comprehensive school and is part of The de Ferrers Trust.
Our chief concern is to help parents/carers to prepare their children for adult lives in a rapidly changing world. Our main aims are to provide a broad and stimulating curriculum, to set the highest standards of learning and behaviour and to encourage students to reach out for these standards with confidence.
Our Academy is a community where people pride themselves on having respect for each other. We share responsibility for creating a safe and pleasant place to work. Our mission statement is: A Place for Everyone – Respect, Engage, Succeed.
This is an inclusive school and we are proud of our efforts to educate and care for all our students, whatever their abilities.
The Pingle Academy is pleasantly situated adjacent to open countryside yet close to the centre of Swadlincote, a South Derbyshire town of some 25,000 inhabitants. Although older industries such as pottery still exist, many smaller firms have been established in recent years. There has been considerable residential development with an increase of commuters to surrounding towns.
The area boasts a Ski Centre and well-equipped Sports Centre. Swadlincote lies at the heart of the National Forest area.
The Academy lies within easy reach of Burton-on-Trent, Derby, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Tamworth and Lichfield, and is close to the M42, A42 and A38. The Peak District National Park, and many attractive areas of South Derbyshire, Staffordshire and Leicestershire are also within easy reach.
Teaching and Learning
All students are assigned to a Form Tutor who will provide support for them on a day-to-day basis. The form tutor, as the first point of contact, fulfils a vital role in the care of every child. Each year group is managed by a Head of Year who provides additional support and guidance. Links with our partner schools, both primary and secondary, are very strong and we strive to ensure a smooth and problem-free transition for all new students.
The Pingle Academy has a full complement of highly qualified and experienced staff who are positive role models for our students. The Pingle Academy is committed to the continuing professional development of all staff in order to continually improve the quality of service we provide.
All students follow courses that fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum, achieved through a common core for years 7, 8 and 9 and a core plus option choices for years 10 and 11. Every student participates in work experience and enterprise activities. Students are grouped throughout years 7-11 according to academic ability or taught in mixed ability groups, depending on the needs of the curriculum area.
The Sixth Form
We have a large, thriving Sixth Form of students drawn from the South Derbyshire area and we offer a wide range of academic and vocational courses. Large numbers of our students gain places at universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, each year. Other leavers have entered employment, or training in a variety of occupational areas. We have a well-equipped Sixth Form block.
Special Educational Needs
The Pingle Academy has an Enhanced Resource Facility for students with significant learning difficulties (The Learning Support Base). We do, however, consider it important to provide opportunities wherever possible for these students to integrate with mainstream students. All students follow the national curriculum at a level to suit their needs and abilities. The Student Support Centre caters for those students experiencing temporary difficulties in some subject areas. The Autism Resource Centre (ARC) caters for up to 15 students.
- Students are encouraged to lead an active and healthy life.
- There is an extensive range of clubs including art and design based activities, music and drama, ICT and games.
- Provision for sport is excellent and a broad range of clubs and teams enjoy our excellent facilities.
- We run homework drop in sessions and study support at 2.50pm, Monday to Thursday in the Library.
Links with the Community
Our excellent facilities help us to ensure that there are opportunities to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding in preparation for adult life and to develop confidence, motivation and a thirst for lifelong learning. Community based groups use our facilities throughout the year and students are involved in supporting some of the activities provided.
We have swimming classes on site for all ages. Local clubs and societies are able to affiliate to make use of the school’s facilities, including sports pitches, the gymnasium, the sports hall, the swimming pool, the artificial turf pitch, the music and drama centre, the main hall and classrooms.
For more information about the Swadlincote area visit the South Derbyshire District Council’s tourist information website, please click here.