Beaufort Co-operative Academy is a purpose built 11-18 comprehensive Academy serving the city of Gloucester. The Academy is set in a large open site on the southern edge of the city within the grounds of Holmleigh Park.
The number on roll is 1200 students of which 200 are in the Sixth Form. The main building of the Academy dates from 1971. Recent developments have included a new Library and IT suites, new Business Studies rooms, refurbished Technology facilities, a state of the art Sixth Form Centre, a complete refurbishment of the Sports Centre facilities and a new Art and Photography suite. We have more recently completed the construction of major new teaching blocks to provide accommodation for Food Technology, Textiles, Art, English and RE/Citizenship, Vocational Studies and Mathematics.
In September 2010 the Academy opened its doors to welcome students to our new Sixth Form Centre. The new Sixth Form Centre includes a social area, coffee bar, study area, three computer suites and six classrooms. The funding of over £2 million was provided jointly by the Learning and Skills Council and Gloucestershire County Council in recognition of the growth in Sixth Form numbers in recent years.
The Academy includes a large community Sports Centre containing a sports hall, gymnasium, squash courts, spin studio, fitness suite, cardiovascular suite and an indoor swimming pool with specialist changing facilities, with an outside floodlit multi-purpose use area. There are extensive playing fields within the Academy grounds.
In September 2010 the Academy became a member of The South Gloucester Learning Trust. The Trust comprises Beaufort Co-operative Academy, Grange Primary School, Harewood Junior School, The Midcounties Co-operative Society, Tuffley Primary School and Harewood Infants School. The aim of the Trust is to promote the education and well-being of young people and their families in the South of Gloucester, particularly Tuffley, Grange and Podsmead through the promotion of the Co-operative values
On 1st October 2013 the school converted to Academy status, as part of OUR Multi Academy Trust, which will support continued rapid improvement. There is a strong focus on the quality of teaching and learning to raise student achievement throughout the Academy supported by a strong pastoral structure. The Academy places a strong emphasis on professional development for staff. There is strong and structured support for all newly appointed staff at all levels in the Academy.