An exciting future lies ahead for education in Peterborough. A £100 million investment in new schools and facilities, as well as the creation of a city campus for University Centre Peterborough, has changed the face of education in the city.
Starting school is a big step, which is why it’s so important that you find the right one for your child. Peterborough has 57 primary schools, with 13% being recognised as outstanding by Ofsted and 50% rated as good. Depending on whether you’d like to send your child to a state school or have them privately educated, the city has an impressive choice, with fee-paying schools such as The Peterborough School providing an excellent standard of both primary and secondary education and state schools like Thorpe Primary receiving outstanding ratings from Ofsted in several areas of performance.
To view Ofsted inspection reports for primary schools in Peterborough, click here.
Academies play a large part in Peterborough’s secondary education provision, with the £46 million Thomas Deacon Academy, The Voyager school in Walton and the King’s School in Peterborough, which was founded in 1541 by Henry VIII and achieved academy status in 2011.
The initiative to update and revitalise secondary education in the region has also been extended to restoring facilities. Schools such as Jack Hunt opened its doors to a £10.5 million sports facility in 2007 and St John Fisher School underwent an exciting £15 million refurbishment that was completed in February 2009.
All the secondary schools are united in sharing the aim of providing progressive, 21st century education that will push Peterborough’s next generation to work to their full potential.
Thomas Deacon Academy (TDA), the largest of the schools created by the Government’s Academy Programme, offers modern technology and facilities that help to overcome learning barriers in an environment that maximises the potential of each pupil. TDA has also established new ways of learning that provides its pupils with a valuable insight into the modern workplace.
The Voyager also possesses exciting and ambitious aims to offer students education and enrichment opportunities that are grounded in the 21st century. The £68 million secondary school specialises in media arts and has formed a local and national reputation for excellence in the arts that extends to the activities they hold in the region.
Hampton College is also no stranger to success, having been recognised by Ofsted as an Outstanding School and has been awarded the EcoSchool Bronze Award title. As a specialist humanities institution, Hampton College has forged strong links with the community, through working closely with partner primary schools, local businesses and offering its leisure and learning facilities to residents in the area.
To view Ofsted inspection reports for secondary schools in Peterborough, click here.
Further and Higher Education
A pivotal aspect of the transformation of Peterborough’s educational landscape is the joint venture between Anglia Ruskin University and Peterborough Regional College, established to create University Centre Peterborough (UCP). UCP has been hailed as ‘the single most important development in higher education in Peterborough’s history’ and is central to the city’s economic strategy due to the role it will play in up-skilling Peterborough’s workforce. The partnership aspires to provide first-rate university education to Peterborough and its surrounding areas and there are plans to expand the £10 million facility to create a large campus close to Peterborough Regional College creating an inspirational education quarter.
School leavers and adult learners are well catered for in the city with institutions such as Peterborough Regional College and City College Peterborough both offering a range of vocational, FE and HE courses.
To view Ofsted inspection reports for FE colleges in Peterborough click here.
There are a number of schools in Peterborough that cater for individuals affected by learning difficulties, providing extensive support to help them achieve their fullest potential. Schools including Heltwate (four to 16 years) and Marshfields (10 to 16 years) are mixed special day schools offering education for four to 16 year old pupils with severe to moderate learning difficulties and teach the national curriculum within a stimulating, positive and secure environment.
To view Ofsted inspection reports for special schools in Peterborough, click here.