Academy Context

The academy is smaller than average, with a PAN of 120. However, with an agreement to go over the designated PAN to support Hull City Council in meeting the need of families for school places, the academy has up to 140 pupils per year group. The Academy’s admissions policy is based upon enrolling 75% of our students from the city (based on the electoral wards) and a further 25% from outside the City in keeping with the precursor school charter of providing a maritime and nautical educational context for boys in the Humber region and beyond who wish to study at a school with strong connections to Merchant Navy, Royal Navy and the maritime sector as a whole. An increasing number of our pupils live in areas containing significant pockets of deprivation characterised by high unemployment, an inadequate employment base, low average income levels, poor physical and mental health and inner-city deprivation.

According to the Index of Multiple Deprivation 2015 (IMD 2019 will be published September 26th 2019), Hull is ranked the 3rd most deprived Local Authority (out of 326 local authorities). The graphic below shows that a high number of our pupils reside in the most deprived 5th of the local authority. The Bransholme, Orchard Park and Longhills estates where a number of our pupils hail from face inner city hardship and families living in modest means. In addition, seven of Hull’s wards are in the bottom 1% in terms of deprivation (Orchard Park & Greenwood, St Andrews, Myton, Bransholme East, Bransholme West, Marfleet and Southcoates East), and a further three wards were in the bottom 5% (Newington, Longhill and Drypool).

The table below outlines the fact that out of 326 local authorities, Hull is the most deprived area in terms of its Education Skills and Training which highlights the strength of the Academy’s performance both in terms of its progress and attainment and the impact of its broad and balanced curriculum, especially given that it is an all boys school. 

The proportion of disadvantaged pupils in most years (Ever 6) is above the national average (35.7% v 28.6%) as is the number currently in receipt of Free School Meals. Pupils within the academy are predominantly White British, but with an increasingly diverse multi-ethnic profile, with a number of families arriving in Hull through asylum, increasingly from countries such as The Sudan, Syria, Libya, Kurdistan and Somalia. In total there are 27 different home languages spoken at the academy with the top 3 being Polish, Bengali and Romanian. The percentage of pupils with an EHCP is 2.1% and a small number of pupils requiring behavioural and emotional support attend Aspire and Rise Academies, which are registered Alternative Provisions. These are rated good providers by Ofsted. The pupils are dual registered with Hull Trinity House Academy and whilst attending the alternative provisions, the students are visited regularly by our Designated Safeguarding Lead and Vice Principal to check on their well being, monitor their progress and readiness to return to the Academy.