Acklam Grange School is a Specialist College of Maths & Computing. This means that the school has a high reputation of success in these subjects, and as such it receives additional funding to further the enhancement of them.
Acklam Grange has recently received a new school building, courtesy of Building Schools for the Future, a program organised by the Labour Government. The school was one of the first to receive funding, and as such it is one of a handful of schools within the country to retain BSF status. The new building has allowed a number of improvements to take place, such as modernized facilities and staff rooms within each department.
Registration within the school utilizes the SIMS Electronic Registration system, which allows pupils to scan in using multi-purpose smart cards. These cards can be used with readers around the school, and are used by staff and pupils alike to facilitate the process of things such as purchasing lunch, printing, and accessing areas that have a restricted access list – such as the administration block.
Pupils in the school take part in groups which are supported by staff, and have included the Mock Court Case, Team 2010, and Gang Green. These groups aim to support a pupil voice and have been very successful. All of these groups would not be possible without the staff that are passionate about pupil involvement.
Staff in the school are part of an integral support system. Each department is supported externally by senior management who will be responsible for addressing any concerns that are raised by staff. The behaviour policy is also designed by the staff, which allows it to be tailored to the type of problems that a staff member may encounter. The system is very effective, ranging from verbal warnings to isolation during lessons. This allows them to individually decide upon the severity of the punishment which is reinforced by the generic policy guidelines.
Pupils in the school are encouraged to be polite, and can potentially be chosen to perform duties that give them training and additional items to put on their CV. These perks can range from being chosen to be a Prefect or Senior Prefect, to being selected to represent the school at events or competitions around England.