Outwood Academy Easingwold

Outwood Academy Easingwold is a mixed 11–18 secondary school with academy status in Easingwold, North Yorkshire, England. It had 915 pupils in 2017, including an on-site sixth form.[1]

Outwood Academy Easingwold
York Road

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YO61 3EF

Coordinates54.11593°N 1.19000°W / 54.11593; -1.19000
MottoStudents first
Local authorityNorth Yorkshire
Department for Education URN144976 Tables
PrincipalWilliam Pratt
Age11 to 18
Enrolment606 as of January 2019
HousesAmericas, Europe, Asia, Africa; Pre 2017: Bronte, Cook, Moore, Wilberforce and Trueman; Pre September 2010: Bulmer, Galtres, Hambleton and Westerman

The school is operated by Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and the current principal is William Pratt.[1]


The school moved to its current larger site in 1954 and became a mixed, comprehensive school. The previous school site now houses Easingwold Primary School. In 1994 the Europa Block was added to the school to increase the number of classrooms available, specifically for languages. Since then a new maths block, science block and separate Sixth Form block have been added to the school grounds.

In October 2016, Ofsted published an inspection report that found the overall effectiveness of Easingwold School to be Inadequate.[2] The school was subsequently placed into special measures, with Headteacher Phil Benaiges removed from his post and replaced by Rob Pritchard as Interim Executive Headteacher.[3] In April 2017, it was announced the school would reopen as an academy in September 2017, sponsored by Outwood Grange Academies Trust.[4]

On 1 April 2018 Easingwold School converted to academy status sponsored by Outwood Grange Academies Trust, and became Outwood Academy Easingwold.[5]

Head Teachers

  • 1954–1958, Ronald Winder
  • 1958–1981, Robin Gilbert
  • 1981–1993, Roger Kirk
  • 1993–2000, Peter Fletcher
  • 2000–2012, Carey Chidwick
  • 2012 (February–August), Geoff Jenkinson (Interim)
  • September 2012–October 2016, Phil Benaiges
  • October 2016–July 2017, Rob Pritchard (Interim Executive Headteacher)[3]
  • August 2017–present, Laura Eddery [6][1]

Notable former pupils


  1. "Outwood Academy Easingwold". get-information-schools.service.gov.uk. Department for Education. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  2. "Find an inspection report". Ofsted. 5 November 2010.
  3. "Town's secondary school put in to special measures". York Press. Newsquest Media Group. 21 October 2016. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  4. Swift, Nina (25 April 2017). "MP welcomes Easingwold School takeover after months of uncertainty over future". The Yorkshire Post. Johnston Publishing. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
  5. "Outwood Grange Academies Trust". get-information-schools.service.gov.uk. Department for Education. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  6. "Easingwold School". get-information-schools.service.gov.uk. Department for Education. Retrieved 3 April 2018.
  7. Catton, Richard (30 July 2009). "Jane Robinson dedicates book to former Easingwold School teacher Mollie Haigh". The Press. Retrieved 20 October 2012.
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