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Stockwood Park Academy (previously known as Barnfield South Academy and briefly as South Academy) is a Mixed secondary school and sixth form located in Rotheram Avenue Luton, Bedfordshire, England. The academy was rated as requires improvement by Ofsted in 2018, although its sixth form provision was rated 'Good' in the same report.
What is now Stockwood Park Academy was formed by the amalgamation of Stockwood and Rotheram High Schools.
Stockwood High School in Cutenhoe Road was described as Luton’s most expensive school when it was built in 1967. It was sound-proofed to cut out noise due to it being situated beneath a Luton Airport flight path. Facilities included an indoor heated swimming pool and two halls. The official opening was held in October 1968.
In 1988 Rotheram High School, a school situated in Farley Hill approximately a mile away from Stockwood High School, was closed due to administrative costs and falling attendance numbers. The majority of pupils from Rotheram High School moved to Stockwood High School, which was renamed as South Luton High School.
The school converted to academy status on 1 September 2007, and was renamed Barnfield South Academy as part of the Barnfield Federation. In March 2011, the school moved to a new £30 million building situated on the old playing field of the former Rotheram High School site, equipped with ICT facilities, including a 300-seat theatre. The Barnfield Federation launched a new A-Level sixth form provision in September 2011 based across its academies.
In 2015 the school changed its name to South Academy and became part of The Shared Learning Trust. In 2016 it was renamed as Stockwood Park Academy.
The Shared Learning Trust is a supportive Multi-Academy Trust made up of five schools, two secondary schools and three primary schools.
- "The Stockwood Park Academy". Ofsted. Retrieved 3 February 2019.