Walney School

Walney School is an 11 – 16 Academy with approximately 585 students currently on roll. 

Walney School became an academy, sponsored by The Queen Katherine School Multi Academy Trust in September 2014. This followed the predecessor school being placed in special measures by Ofsted in December 2013. The new Headteacher joined the school in January 2014 and since then the school has focused every day on providing the educational experience that our students deserve.  

The newly formed Senior Leadership team are supported and challenged by a newly formed and highly experience Governing Body. Ofsted have recently inspected our school and judged that: “Leaders and governors have the capacity to go on improving the school”. Special Measures are behind us but we are definitely not complacent in our desire for ongoing improvement. There has never been a more exciting time to join our school community. 

Our setting is as unique as it is beautiful, being located on a small island off the stunning coastline of the Furness Peninsular on the fringes of the Lake District. Walney Island is eleven miles long from north to south and never more than a mile wide from east to west.   

We are especially well placed to cater for bird watchers, kite and wind-surfing, walkers, canoeists, climbers and a whole host of other outdoor activities. The island contains two nature reserves, at either end, and its sandy beaches make it a popular leisure destination. 

Walney School is the only secondary school on the Island with several primary feeder schools. Students who wish to enter sixth form college or further education do so by crossing the bridge to the mainland in Barrow. 

We serve a close knit and highly supportive community who enjoy having their school at their heart.  The Islands population as at the 2011 Census was 10,651, distributed evenly across north and south. 

BAE Systems shipyard remains operational in Barrow as the UK's largest by workforce and is undergoing a major expansion associated with the Dreadnought-class submarine programme. Today Barrow is also a hub for energy generation and handling. Offshore wind farms form one of the highest concentrations of turbines in the world.  

A key element of our improvement journey has been raising the ambitions and aspirations of our students. It is our vision that this will not only rapidly improve their outcomes and thus life chances but will also raise the same ambition throughout our community. 

We want our school to be one we are all proud to be a part of: proud of our achievements, proud of our school and proud of our community.