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Whilst the Academy remains open only to a handful of students, the Design and Technology Department have gone out of their way to help frontline workers in need by producing PPE.

Hello and welcome to the parents and carers of all our new Year 7 students moving up to the Academy in September.

Early in January we were very pleased to welcome back our 2019 cohort of Year 13 students, for our Annual Sixth Form Presentation Evening, led by Head of Sixth Form Mr Andy Cole.

Last year, Norfolk author Terry Sewell set students the challenge of producing a piece of creative writing between 500 and 1,00 words on the theme: ‘If you had the power to change the world, what would you do and why?"

In December, at the Attleborough Academy Annual Presentation Evening, we had the pleasure of celebrating another year of outstanding achievement.


The Christmas Music Concert this year was one of the largest we have staged,  featuring over 60 performers from Year groups 7 to 13 who performed solos and ensemble pieces. 

Our Year 12 students were given the superb opportunity to attend a day of lectures held in Emmanuel Hall Westminster London.

Attleborough Academy students were an absolute credit at Attleborough's Remembrance Service. They paraded as part of a range of uniformed organisations; Scouts, Guides, Cadets, etc. 


It was with sadness that AAN bade farewell to Mr Simon Davies, the much-loved Assistant Principal and History teacher at Attleborough for 32 years.

The Netball Season is in full swing and we are off to a flying start this year.

Our Sixth Form students have benefitted from a number of additional opportunities provided by their placement organisations during the academy’s Year 12 volunteering programme.

Whilst we await a new Drama space during our exciting Academy rebuild, our Year 11 Drama students will this year be performing their devised work – which makes up 30% of their GCSE - in the Main Hall.

A group of 55, Year 10 Geographers took a trip out to Norwich this term to help complete their GCSE course. They explored the city looking for patterns of change and evidence of its dynamic nature.

The Year 12 volunteering programme got off to a brilliant start this September. Building on the experience of last year, Mrs McConnell again worked with Debs Carter from The Lighthouse Charity to organise a weekly hour of volunteering for each Year 12 student.

The 2019 Attleborough Academy Sports Day was a display of dedication and commitment by all the students that were involved. Kett house were champions for the lower school award and Boudicca remain champions for the upper school.

The Year 11 Prom at Attleborough Academy, is always a special occasion, with the outstanding spectacle of student arrivals in stunning attire as they alight from their vehicles to walk the red carpet.

Over the last year  Attleborough Academy Sixth Form has built fantastic links with St Edmund’s Care Home, which has been of great benefit to both parties.

Our A2A Course Sixth Form students attended a Leavers’ Assembly  to mark their achievements and to celebrate their successful completion of the year. During the assembly anecdotes and successes about the students’ time at the Academy were shared.

At Attleborough Academy Norfolk we actively promote ZERO tolerance of any type of bullying.

Year 13 students marked the years they have spent at the Academy at their May Leavers’ Day. The students donned a colourful range of costumes and ensured it was a day they would remember for the rest of their lives.

Our Year 12 Drama students had the wonderful opportunity of performing on a professional stage, at The Norwich Playhouse, where they wowed the audience with their devised theatre piece about the plight of refugees.

A fantastic £545 was raised this year by AAN students for Comic Relief. The Sixth Form Presidential Team led the fundraising with a delicious bake sale. The students sold a variety of biscuits and cakes baked on the Academy premises, that sold out quickly in the lunchtime sale.

Our U16's beat Diss on Thursday 14th March to take them through to the final against Wymondham College.


A group of our Year 12 and Year 13 students took part in the national competition ARTiculation run by The Roche Court Educational Trust. Each student built an insightful research project based on their own artistic interest and gave a presentation on this work to a panel of judges.

This year 14 students travelled with Ms Billin, Mr Seymour and Mr Cole to Italy to enjoy the challenge of skiing and snowboarding. The beginners group took to the slopes like professionals and really put in every effort to progress as fast as they could.

This March saw the third in our Sixth Form and Staff Giant Book Swap events, providing the great gift of some spectacular reading hours for everyone who took part!.

Over fifty Attleborough Academy Year 9, 10, 11 and 13  Drama students experienced the wonder of the world renowned play “The Curious Incident of the Dog in The Night-Time", when the smash-hit National Theatre production returned to London for a limited season after an acclaimed UK and Internation

This year saw the launch of the innovative Attleborough Sixth Form volunteering programme, which aims to educate our young people on being part of a society and to show them the importance of ‘giving back’ to the community of people that make up our wider world.

On Friday 4 January 2019, we had the pleasure of welcoming back our Year 13 2018 cohort to celebrate their great successes during our Annual Sixth Form Presentation Evening.

On Wednesday 5 December, we were honoured to welcome a very special guest, the internationally renowned opera singer Soeun Jeon, to Attleborough Academy’s annual Presentation Evening.

On Wednesday 5th December, we celebrated the achievements of Attleborough Academy students with our Annual Presentation Evening. The guest speaker was Robert Jones, a former pupil who is now Chief Superintendent, police Commander for Westminster, Hammersmith, Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea.

Yet again this year, our Sixth Form Presidential Team coordinated another wonderful fundraising effort in aid of the 2018 Children In Need appeal.

We would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors for their generosity in supporting this event:

We would like to extend our thanks to our sponsors for their generosity in supporting this event:


Following the recent AAN Parent Academy Council Member election, three nominations have been received and therefore, it will now be necessary to hold a ballot.

Congratulations to the U16 Netball Team and their coach Mrs Sparrow for successfully qualifying for the Regional Final! In the eleven years Mrs Sparrow has taught here, the teams have come close on many occasions but this is the first time that the team has made it to County level.

At the end of the Summer Term, the Sixth Form English A Level students moving from Year 12 to Year 13 in September benefitted from a visit to London’s Globe to witness a production of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

In September 1993, Attleborough High School welcomed a newly qualified Science teacher  - Sam Webb, later to become Sam French - who had just qualified from Bath College.

"The students of Attleborough Academy have participated in key events of remembrance in the community. On October 19th, the Royal British Legion’s Commemoration of World War 1 was supported by the Academy’s Head Girl, Head Boy, and our House Captains.

Sixth Form Sociology and Psychology students experienced a question and answer session with a visiting politician in order to gain further insight into the workings of our government and  responses to key social issues.

At the start of this term, we were privileged to welcome R G Carter in once more to work with our new Year 12 students.

We had the pleasure of welcoming young entrepreneur Kieran Miles to our academy when he came to give a presentation to our Sixth Form students.

This term saw the new team of Sixth Form Presidents taking up their role after a rigorous selection process. This year, the Presidential team is made up of twelve students and is led by Lead Presidents Esther Collier and Kit Neil.

Our Year 11 students celebrated achieving record-breaking GCSE results today.

Our sixth form students have seen their hard work pay off as they celebrated their A Level results today.

This year’s results marked another increase in the overall pass rate to 96% and an increase in all other national measures.

In July, the Sixth Form Class of 2018 celebrated the end of their A-Levels in style at the Sixth Form Formal, organised by the Presidential Team, with great support from Mr Nevard.

It was another successful Pledge Week at AAN during the week of 25th to 29th June 2018.  Pledge week is our annual activities week where students develop their Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication skills as part of our commitment to develop the whole child and nurtur

Attleborough Academy  Year 11 Prom 2018 was an incredible occasion, with students and staff excelling themselves this year in the preparation and delivery of this wonderful evening.

Friday 22nd June 2018 may be “National Bring Your Dog to Work Day” but at Attleborough Academy every day is a ‘dog in at work day’. Over the last eighteen months the Academy has had unusual enrolments in terms of students; Jessie, Kesha, Kiera, Rashi and Daisy are all dogs.

In June Maths teacher Mr Needs took four Attleborough Academy students to the UEA for the prestigious annual Year 8 Maths Challenge.  This year the competition involved 30 schools from Norfolk.

This term class 7B3 have had a superb opportunity for active learning by spending time in the wonderful Attleborough Academy garden.

Our Year 13 students made sure it was a day to remember when they said goodbye to  Attleborough Academy on their last official day of Secondary education.

Year 7 Boys County Cup Champions after a 3-2 win against Aylsham


This year the AAN Netball teams have gone from strength to strength with the Year 9 girls going through to the final of their South Norfolk A League.  Sadly the girls had a narrow loss to Wymondham High.

Our Year 7 Girls were the League Winners!!!!

Congratulations to our Year 13 Drama students who gave wonderful performances to enthralled audiences on two occasions this term.

This year a fantastic £175.69 was raised in a day for Sports’ Relief. Amid the balloons and stickers provided by Mr Nevard in the Sixth Form block to advertise the event, Sixth Formers fundraised with collections and sales throughout the day.

On Wednesday 21st March we welcomed 25 businesses, colleges and training providers to our annual Careers Fair.

We are always looking to extend our students’ knowledge and understanding of workplaces to prepare themselves for future employment. In March 2018 our Sixth Formers were taken on a visit to the new R G Carter site in Attleborough.

The Schools Council and Peer Mentors represented the Academy as Attleborough celebrated Common wealth Day on the 12th March.

We were honoured to receive a donation for £6,000 for our library from the estate of the school’s first headteacher, Mr Jeffrey Blagg.

In January we were proud to welcome back all our former Year 13 students for our Annual Sixth Form Presentation Evening.

On the 8th December we held the first Attleborough Academy Sixth Form & Staff Giant Bookswap.

In December we had the pleasure of celebrating another year of outstanding achievement at the Attleborough Academy Annual Presentation Evening. 2017.

This term Attleborough Academy Sixth Form donated a cheque for £580 to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The Impact Campaign: Emergency Services’ Demonstration for Sixth Form

The ten Year 13 students who have the honour of being appointed Attleborough Academy Sixth Form Presidents for 2017-2018 were congratulated by Principal, Mr McShane when they met with him to be awarded their blue President lanyards. 

Fundraising fever hit Attleborough Academy on Friday 17 November as the entire school community joined together to raise money for Children in Need.

Congratulations to Ellis, James, Jacob and Harvey who represented Attleborough Academy at this year’s Kids Lit Quiz, an international literature competition for young people aged 10-13 years. The Norfolk heat took place at Dereham Neatherd High School on 16th November.

Many thanks to Mrs. Foker who very kindly donated the entire works of Charles Dickens to the AAN Library. Along with accompanying material, they will provide a wonderful resource for our students.

Attleborough Academy Norfolk students Nathan Talbot and Callum Bonner each created two fantastic dishes, and gained invaluable experience, when they took part the local heat of the Springboard Future Chef competition held at City College Norwich.

On the first day of term, we provided a range of activities to welcome and prepare our new Year 12s for life as a Sixth Form student at our academy.

In November, four of our Sixth Form students attended the launch of the 2017-18 Norfolk Higher Education Scheme at County Hall, accompanied by Mr Nevard.

Part of the alternative provision given by the SEND department is a garden club, which makes great use of the wonderful academy garden behind the David Bartram building. So far this year  the SEND garden has been very bountiful. In September we began by picking our runner bean crop.

Attleborough Academy – Vision for the Development of the Site

68% of AAN students achieved a 9-4 in both English and Mathematics compared to the Norfolk average of 62%.

Congratulations to all of our students on your A Level results!  Not only did we see many superb individual achievements this year, but collectively the results for the Academy are up again with more students achieving the top grades.

On Saturday the 8th of July, Attleborough Academy celebrated the 50th anniversary of secondary education at the school. Former and current members of staff were invited to afternoon tea and a celebratory fly past.

In June 2017 a group of year 7-9 students travelled to Paris to visit sights they have learned about in their French lessons. The group travelled by coach and ferry and spent 3 days exploring the city and surrounding area.

We were very proud to award our second batch of Pixl Apprentice Level awards this term. The award recognizes achievements in Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication and students must achieve credits in all five characteristics to graduate with their Apprentice Level.

Pledge Week 2017 started on a roll with a trip to Eaton & Otley College.  Student in year 8 and 9 visited the college for a whole day to experience the range of activities available there.

A huge crowd of well-wishers turned out for the Attleborough Academy Prom to witness the Year 11 students' arrivals onto the red carpet. The evening is a celebration of the students’ five years at the Academy and the end of their GCSEs.

Year 11 students at Attleborough celebrated their Leavers' Day on Wednesday 21 June. It was the perfect way to celebrate the end of a long and intense exam season, for which the students had put in lots of revision and hard work.

Professional footballer Danny Wright, who attended Attleborough High School as a student, returned to pay a visit to his educational roots. Danny is currently centre-forward for Cheltenham Town and recently scored the goal that kept them in the Football League.

Attleborough Academy 7EB1 English class were very pleased this month to each receive a personal letter from students from Ambler School in London.

On Tuesday 6th June 2017, two scientists from the University of East Anglia visited some Year 8-10 science lessons in an event, organised by Dr Sophia Elias, entitled Pint of Science: Why Haven’t We Cured Cancer Yet?

On their last official day at Attleborough Academy, our 2016-2017 Year 13 students  made a tremendous effort dressing up for the occasion and ensured it was a day they would remember for the rest of their lives.

Attleborough Academy students were very fortunate to receive a visit from the award winning Caribbean-British poet, playwright and children's writer, John Agard on Tuesday 16 May.   John,  whose achievements include  winning the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry, as well as being published in

Bringing trained/vetted dogs into schools to act as companions for students to read to is an increasingly popular way of developing a calm and non-judgmental environment in which to promote learning and literacy, as well as positive behaviour and wellbeing.

Much fun was had and money raised for Comic Relief with a number of activities on Red Nose Day 2017.

On the 29th March our Year 12 Drama students performed to a large crowd, on a professional stage, at The Norwich Playhouse as part of the Springboards 2017 Drama Platform programme. For the last term, as part of their A Level course, the Attleborough students have been creating a piece of theatre

On 14th March, all year 9 and 10 students took part in our Annual Careers fair.  Stands from over 30 local and national businesses were set up in the sports hall and students were given the opportunity to find out more about the careers routes open to them.

On 10th March 45 year7 girls visited Kidzania in London as part of our Careers and IAG provision.  The trip was scheduled to recognize International Women's day and inspire the girls to the potential range of future careers they could one day pursue.

A former Attleborough student who is now a full-time athlete with Team GB has become a sporting ambassador, helping to inspire future generations to take part in sport.

Attleborough Academy Students Create the News for BBC School News Report Day

To reflect the communal spirit of Attleborough, the schools of the town joined together to witness the Commonwealth flag raising ceremony in Queens Square on Monday 13 March.

On 17 January, ten Year 8 students from Attleborough were given the opportunity to visit Cambridge University and experience what it would be like to learn languages there.

Callum Williams, an officer with Cunard Cruise Line, is currently Reception Manager on RMS Queen Victoria.

On Tuesday 21 February, Year 12 and 13 A Level Biology students visited London Zoo and attended a lecture at the ZSL meeting rooms in the evening as part of their studies on Biodiversity and Conservation.

Gifted and Talented Netball Training with Ashleigh Neal – Mavericks Super League Player

AAN Students Participate in the Regional Finals of ESU-Churchill Public Speaking Competiton for Schools


Ten of Attleborough Academy’s science sixth formers (accompanied by Mr Seymour, Mrs Edwards and Dr Elias) went on a visit to UEA to go to a lecture on antibiotics in animals and nature, by Professor Matt Hutchings.

Holby City Star works with Attleborough Academy Students

Attleborough Academy Sixth Formers join the UNESCO Young Ambassadors Programme The Writer’s Centre, Norwich

Sainsbury’s Active Kids is back.

Attleborough Academy was proud to welcome Attleborough students, parents and staff for the Sixth Form Presentation Evening held to honour the achievement of the 2016 Year 13 group. The students had come from their universities or workplaces from all over the country, to join the celebrations.

Sam Clemmett, star of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, works with Attleborough Academy Year 10 and Year 12 Drama Students.

Mr Davies’ 30th Year Anniversary as a member of staff at Attleborough

Star of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, visits Attleborough Academy.

AAN would like to say thank you to all those parents and carers and members of the local community who have collected Sainsburys Active Kids Vouchers for the Academy.

At Attleborough Academy Norfolk, we are working in partnership with Norfolk Constabulary and Norfolk Children's Services to identify and provide appropriate support to students who have experienced domestic violence in their household; this scheme is called Operation Encompass.

A level Biology Biotechnology day


R G Carter’s Bridge Building for Year 12

Shoeboxes – Link to Hope

On Friday 18 November 2016, Attleborough Academy joined the rest of the nation in an attempt to raise as much money as possible for Children in Need.

From September we have introduced a completely new course programme for Sixth Form students: the A2A course. This year we have fifteen students who enrolled on this programme, part of which entails a full day a week of work experience throughout the academic year.

New Sixth Form Team Appointed at Academy

Year 10 Geographers took a trip out to Norwich this term to help complete their GCSE course.  

They explored the city looking for patterns of change and evidence of its dynamic nature. 

In a bid to raise money for Children in Need, on Friday 18 November, AAN Sixth Form staff and students took part in the Mannequin Challenge.

It was with great pleasure that students in Years 10 to 13 and the History department welcomed to the Academy Mrs Janine Webber on 8 November.

Attleborough Academy rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted as report highlights rising achievement and student-centred ethos

Several EAL students from AAN were taken to London on a walking tour of one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

This year's GCSE results were up again with results on the new national headline measure of '% of students achieving A*-C in English and Mathematics' at 64%.

Congratulations to all of our students on your A Level and AS results today!

Attleborough Academy Norfolk Principal, Neil McShane, said: 

Attleborough Academy Norfolk has been nominated for another National Award! We are one of five schools in the country who have been shortlisted for the Outstanding Progress - Secondary School Award in the 2016 Education Business Awards taking place in London on Wednesday 13 July 2016.

On the week commencing Monday 27 June, students in Years 7-9 partook in Pixl Edge week with a number of exciting and creative projects running across the Academy.  A group of brave students produced a theatrical performance of 'The Ancient Mariner's Tale' within four days that they performed to t

The draft Attleborough Neighbourhood Plan is now complete and available to view.

Come and see the fantastic work produced by this year's A-Level Product Design cohort. It will be located in the Main Hall from 4pm until 7pm.

On Monday 20th of July, the  year 11s officially left the Academy after 5 years of study and the completion of their GCSEs. Although many of them will be returning to pursue their sixth form studies, for a few of them it would be a goodbye.

The sun had been booked, the costumes hired, and the mood was that peculiarly subtle blend of anticipation mixed with sadness, nostalgia and excitement. It meant only one thing – 27 May had arrived, the final day that the Year 13s would be students.

Marines visit AAN

21st June 2016

The Annual Year 8 Inter-School Maths Quiz was held on 16 June 2016.

Attleborough Academy took part in this Maths quiz, designed for Year 8 students, at the UEA in Norwich. The quiz has been running for 35 years and this year, 19 teams from across Norfolk and North Suffolk took part.

Attleborough Academy Norfolk has been nationally recognised for its exceptional 2015 performance.

It is a big year for English Literature, with the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death being marked this April. 

New website launched

Welcome to the new and improved Attleborough Academy website.

Finley’s winning design unveiled on estate agent’s Minis

A Year 8 student from Attleborough Academy Norfolk, Finley Williams, has won a competition organised by estate agents abbotFox to come up with a new design for its fleet of Minis

Congratulations to all our talented Product Design students in the Sixth Form who showcased their final year projects at their Product Design Exhibition.

Please find below information provided by the Bus companies for pick up times for the repeat bus services on Thursday.

It has been an incredible results day at Attleborough Academy, with some stellar individual achievements and brilliant all-round performance. We welcomed ITV's Good Morning Britain today to watch as some of our students opened their envelopes.

99% Pass Rate for A Level Students

A huge well done to all of our A Level students on their results. This year shows a significant increase for the Academy in the overall pass rate and increases on all other measures. Congratulations to our Y13 students almost all of whom have secured their first choice University place.

Sports Day 2015

Another huge victory for Boudicca House in both Junior and Senior events, along with a first Sixth Form competition made this years' Sports Day a fantastic way to end the term!

See some of the action in the video on the right.

Academy Times Summer 2015

The Summer 2015 issue of Academy Times is out now! This bumper issue for the last term looks back of some of the highlights of what has been a bust year for the Academy.

You can view the magazine below.

CVC Summer Fete

This year saw the launch of Community, Volunteering and Charities week, and on Saturday 27 June we opened for a Summer Fete.

Academy Times Spring 2015

The spring 2015 issue of Academy Times is out now. This special edition includes many of the moving tributes paid to Mr Bartram who sadly passed away in October.

You can view the magazine below.