Furness Academy

Furness Academy is an 11-16 Academy, with a current roll of 875 students. Here, we believe that what matters most is people. We understand that building positive, respectful relationships between everyone in our Academy is really important in making Furness Academy a truly exciting place to work and learn. We believe that it is our students and staff coming together to work and learn that makes our Academy such a special place to be.

We provide a friendly, supportive, but structured environment, in which students are given every opportunity to flourish. We have a commitment to professional development for employees with structured fortnightly CPD time and a culture of change and improvement with strong support from our senior leadership team and the governing body. We are proud of our Academy, our staff, and our students, and are ambitious for the future.

The curriculum at Furness Academy is broad and balanced with a degree of personalised learning established and continually developing. We believe that learning should be interesting and enjoyable. While we support students to develop their knowledge and skills, we encourage them to ask questions, develop their understanding and build their confidence in their own abilities. We provide our students with a wide range of opportunities for them to develop, both during their time at school and externally as well. Most of all, we aim for our students to leave Furness Academy as well-rounded young people; students who have been nurtured and encouraged but challenged and understood. We want our students to leave Furness Academy as confident learners with the skills, knowledge and, importantly, the qualifications that they need to succeed in the 21st century and contribute to their community.

Furness Academy opened its new building in September 2013 offering £22million worth of state- of-the-art facilities. We occupying a distinctive site in the heart of the local community, located near the centre of the historic shipbuilding town of Barrow-in-Furness and close to the southern boundary of the Lake District National Park a world heritage site.

The Furness Academy community has also benefited from a range of partnerships including those with parents and significant local businesses and organisations, notably BAE Systems.

Student Support

Our teaching and support staff are dedicated to ensuring that every child learns and progresses within a safe and caring environment. They are supported by our strong pastoral team who work hard at developing positive relationships between students and staff. We are committed to offering an inclusive, relevant curriculum to ensure the best possible progress for all our students, whatever their needs or abilities. We place great emphasis on ensuring that students with special educational and additional needs are identified, assessed and that the correct support programmes are put in place to ensure that all of their academic, emotional and physical requirements are addressed.



The school has a large and active Education Performance Committee chaired by John Shields who is an ex Chemistry and Science Teacher with over 30 years’ experience in education within the Furness area. The Education Performance Committee includes 2 parents, a local councillor, 2 staff, 5 members, business people and residents from Barrow and the surrounding area. It predominately focuses on education performance and includes senior students and member of the Senior Leadership Team as associate trustees. There is a slimmed-down committee structure which includes a finance committee who have oversight over the Academy’s budget.


BAE Systems are the sponsors of Furness Academy and has established the Furness Academies Trust with an intent for its future development. The Trust Board has 3 sub-committees covering Finance, Audit and Risk, and Remuneration, Search and Governance. BAE Systems has worked hand-in-hand with the Furness community for many years and they place great emphasis on the importance of local education, demonstrating their commitment to Furness Academy from its inception. As a sponsor with a wealth of experience within the Furness community they are confident they understand the needs both of employers and the community to bring a synergy to the development and future success of Furness Academy.