Academy closure

Following the Secretary of State’s approval, Burnham Park E-ACT Academy was officially closed in August 2019.

Significant decline in student numbers

The decision to close an academy is one of the most difficult we have ever had to make as a trust. However, given the significant decline in student numbers at the academy over a period of time, we have been unable to offer a curriculum with the necessary breadth to sufficiently prepare our students for further education and the world of work.  

By continuing with such small numbers, we would have failed in our duty to provide the young people of Burnham with the best possible opportunities. 

No alternative options

The decision to close Burnham Park E-ACT Academy has been made after all other options have been exhausted. The academy has received significant educational and operational support from the trust since it joined E-ACT in April 2012, and in that time, has had some of its best GCSE results.  

This difficult decision comes after months of consultation with the public. We have engaged with over 500 individuals and organisations including local schools and colleges, business, local governance and religious leaders. 

Providing our students with a great alternative

The 118 Burnham Park students in Years 7-10 have been given the option to transfer to Bourne End E-ACT Academy in September 2019. These students have been offered free daily transportation from Burnham to Bourne End for the entire time they are an E-ACT student as well as assistance with uniform. 

Transferring our staff to Bourne End E-ACT Academy

It is also our aim to move every member of staff from Burnham Park to Bourne End or into one of our other 28 academies. This means that in September 2019 the number of students per teacher at Bourne End E-ACT Academy will fall to 11, the best of any mainstream secondary school in both Buckinghamshire and Wycombe. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Burnham Park community for their support of the academy. Like us you have only ever been concerned for the people who matter most in all of this, our students, and we thank you for your understanding. 

Joining Bourne End E-ACT Academy

If you would like further information on joining Bourne End E-ACT Academy, please click here.

The trust’s response to public consultation

You can download the trust’s response to public consultation on the future of Burnham Park E-ACT Academy by clicking the link below:

Formal response to public consultation

The document contains an overview of the responses received and the trust’s reassurances in relation to any concerns highlighted to us. 

The trust’s response to the listening period

You can download the trust’s response to the listening period by clicking the link below:

Responses received during the listening period

The document contains an overview of the responses received and the trust’s reassurances in relation to any concerns highlighted to us. 

Contact us

Should you have any questions, please contact us using the email address info@e-act.org.uk