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Welcome to Catcote Academy

I am pleased, on behalf of the staff, governors, pupils and students, to write these few words of welcome and an introduction to Catcote Academy.

We are committed to and passionate about the learning and progress of our pupils. Staff and governors have high aspirations for our children and we aim to provide a high quality, relevant and balanced education for all our students that focuses on individual, personal and academic achievement that will enhance the life opportunities for our young people as they move into the adult world. There is a happy and positive atmosphere in which children can fulfil their potential and grow in self-confidence with respect for the people and environment around them.

We hope our web site will provide you with the information and news you need so that you can keep up to date with what is happening here at school. Whether you are a prospective parent, current parent, staff, student, community or casual browser we trust you will enjoy looking through our site as we aim to provide the best for both our students and the wider community.

If you would like further information, or wish to visit the school, then please contact the school office.

Head Teacher

Mr A Chapman


Academy Ethos and Values

At Catcote we work together to:

  • provide a stimulating and exciting learning environment for all
  • promote life-long learning
  • recognise and value the achievement of each individual
  • develop responsibility, tolerance and consideration for others
  • strengthen the bond between school , home and the community
  • build partnerships with business and commerce


Everyone at Catcote follows our 10 Enterprise Commandments:

Everybody matters – so co-operate

New things – try them

Take the lead

Ears – use them well

Respond to others – communicate

Perform as a team

Responsibility – show it

Initiative – take it

Solve problems

Everyday meet your deadlines


Catcote Futures gains Specialist Post 19 Institution status (SPI) 

Following a long process of due diligence, we are proud to announce that Catcote Futures has been awarded SPI status by the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA). This means that from September 2018 we will be on the Government’s list of approved providers and that funding will now be claimed directly from the Government and not via Hartlepool Borough Council (HBC). 

On receipt of the successful application form we were asked to submit detailed financial information which was duly scrutinised and surpassed their requirements for stringent financial compliance and audit. 

The third part of the process involved an inspector from the Department of Education spending a day in the Learning and Skills Centre looking at staff skills and experience, study programmes, appropriate qualifications, student progress, assistive technology, safeguarding, statutory policies and procedures, transition and Preparation for Adulthood. 

The Inspector submitted her report to the National ESFA panel who then granted us Specialist Status. 

With full support from the HBC Commissioner we feel that the benefits of becoming independent will improve outcomes for our ESFA funded students as well as our life-long learners.  

Over the past fifteen years we have created a unique learning environment for our adult learners and have great plans to develop our provision even further. We hope that students, parents and carers can play a major role in shaping the future and look forward to your continuing support.