Somercotes Academy

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Somercotes Academy
Established 1964 (1964)
Type Academy
Location Keeling Street
North Somercotes
LN11 7PN
53°26′49″N 0°08′09″E / 53.44681°N 0.13574°E / 53.44681; 0.13574
Local authority Lincolnshire
DfE URN 142392 Tables
Ofsted Reports Pre-academy reports
Capacity 356
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–16
Website School website

Somercotes Academy (formerly Birkbeck School) is a mixed secondary school located in North Somercotes, near Louth in Lincolnshire, England.[1] It draws its pupils from largely deprived rural and coastal areas within a 20-mile radius, many travelling by bus for over an hour each way to and from school.[2]

Previously a foundation school administered by Lincolnshire County Council, Birkbeck School converted to academy status in November 2015 and was renamed Somercotes Academy. The school is now part of the Tollbar Multi Academy Trust (which includes Tollbar Academy and Cleethorpes Academy). However Somercotes Academy continues to coordinate with Lincolnshire County Council for admissions.


The school follows the National Curriculum in Years 7-9, setting students by ability in some subjects.[3] In Years 10 & 11, it offers national diplomas in ICT, Creative & Media, Engineering and Hair & Beauty as an alternative to traditional GCSE courses, as well as a range of foundation courses and the extended project qualification.[3]

In 2012, 42% of all pupils attained five GCSEs grade A* to C including English and mathematics, placing it in the bottom 40% of similar schools' results, and in the bottom 40% of all schools.[4]

Extracurricular activities

The school runs art, ICT, music and science clubs at lunchtime and after school, an after school fitness club, and offers the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme to pupils.[3]

It fields competitive sports teams in Badminton, Cricket, Football and Hockey.[3]


  1. ^ National College for Teaching and Leadership. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  2. ^ Ofsted inspection report, 19 March 2013. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  3. ^ a b c d School prospectus. Retrieved 5 November 2013.
  4. ^ Ofsted dashboard. Retrieved 5 November 2013
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