A Warm Welcome to Central Academy

I am delighted to welcome you to Central Academy, which is part of United Learning Trust.

The United Learning motto is ‘The Best in Everyone’, and we wholeheartedly subscribe to this philosophy.

Here at Central Academy, we are committed to providing an outstanding learning experience through our broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum is far more than just a range of subjects, in its broadest sense it provides a full rounded education for all students, with excellent enrichment opportunities that broaden horizons and create lifelong memories for our students.

In recent years, we have been really impressed with how our students have performed. Most recently in Summer 2023 with our students receiving some excellent GCSE and A-level results and a large number of Russell Group offers for our Year 13s going to university.

Education is much broader than what happens in the classroom, and we celebrate this as a school through our “Education with Character” program. This program focuses on education beyond the classroom, from extra-curricular opportunities to working with the Manchester United Foundation. Our Education with Character program is underpinned by our core values; Respect, Ambition, Determination, Confidence, Creativity and Enthusiasm.

We have something for anyone and everyone here at Central to ensure all students can succeed in the future.

We are a caring and inclusive school community who want the best for all our young people.  I am excited to have such a strong body of staff here at Central Academy and really proud of the pastoral support we provide for our students.

We pride ourselves on high expectations for all students with our main focus being on learning. Therefore, all students at Central have the right to disruption free learning. As a school we pride ourselves on this simple expectation, therefore the behaviour system is simple, easy to apply and allows staff to focus on teaching excellent lessons.

Here at Central we look to strive for excellence in everything we do, never settling for just ‘good enough’. As Principal, my standard is simple “the experience we provide our students’ must be equal to the experience expected for our own children”, if this isn’t the case we must adapt and develop a better experience for our students.

As a parent, I understand the importance of the choice of your child’s secondary school. At Central, we provide a unique transition experience from personalised tours of our school to the transition summer school for all of our new Year 7 students. Nothing is too much to ask, therefore if you have any questions, please email the school at info@rrca.org.uk.

As Principal, I operate an open-door policy and welcome anyone to contact me directly with any concerns and I will always work with my staff to find positive solutions.

I hope you find the information on our website useful and would like to welcome you to our great school.

Dan Markham



United Learning comprises: United Learning Ltd (Registered in England No: 00018582. Charity No. 313999) UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

Financial Accountability and Freedom of Information
Website Terms, Cookies and Privacy

United Learning