Red House Academy

Red House Academy (RHA, formerly Hylton Red House School) is an 11–16 mixed secondary school with academy status in Hylton Red House, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, England. It was formerly a community school and adopted its present name after becoming an academy in 2009. It is part of the Northern Education Trust.[2][3]

Red House Academy
Rutherglen Road, Hylton Red House

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Coordinates54°55′45″N 1°25′16″W
Other nameRHA
Former nameHylton Red House School
MottoOutcomes Focused, Child Centred
Local authoritySunderland City Council
TrustNorthern Education Trust
Department for Education URN135878 Tables
PrincipalMichael Burns[1]
Age range11–16
Enrolment458 (2019)[2]
Colour(s)Red, Grey, Black    


Hylton Red House School

In 2007, the school attracted controversy regarding a training programme for call centre operators. The programme was set up in conjunction with EDF Energy which has a call centre in the area. For pupils, successful completion of the course provided half of the credit of a GCSE examination. Local adults were also able to participate. The assistant headteacher, Helen Elderkin, claimed the programme was successful, providing students with "a taste of a real working environment" and helping to build their confidence. However, Howard Brown, Sunderland secretary of the National Union of Teachers, criticized it as "a step too far".[4]


Serious question were raised about the school's approach to its pupils when it was revealed that they suspended over 50% of their pupils in 2017-2018 against a national average of 2.3%.[5]


  1. "Welcome from the Principal". Red House Academy. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  2. "Red House Academy". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  3. "Hylton Red House School". Get information about schools. GOV.UK. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  4. Taylor, Matthew (23 July 2007). "School with call centre training site in classroom criticised for lowering pupils' expectations". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2019.
  5. McIntyre, Niamh; Perraudin, Frances (31 August 2019). "Sunderland school suspended more than half its pupils in a year". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 August 2019.

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