The Newark Academy

The Newark Academy
Grove Comprehensive School, Balderton - - 118843.jpg
Grove Comprehensive School in 2006
MottoWork hard, Be kind
Department for Education URN144489 Tables
PrincipalChris Fisher
Age11 to 18
HousesPembroke, Warwick, Richmond, Sterling, Kenilworth

The Newark Academy (formerly The Grove School) is a mixed secondary school in Balderton, Nottinghamshire, England.[1]


The Newark Academy offers GCSEs, BTECs and Cambridge Nationals as programmes of study for pupils.


Former grammar school[edit]

Newark had a former girls' grammar school, the Lilley and Stone Girls' School, similar to Retford's Retford High School for Girls. Barbara Dibb was the headmistress of this school from 1947 to 1971. The school was also known as the Lilley & Stone Foundation Newark High School for Girls.[2]


It became the Grove School in 1976 when Newark went comprehensive, from the Grove Secondary Modern School.

The former Lilley and Stone School is a listed building.[3] For the first three years at secondary school, attendance was at the Sconce Hills High School;[4] Paul Upex, a school caretaker, murdered a 13-year-old girl at the school, being jailed in November 1988.[5] The last two years before 16 were at the Lilley and Stone School. These two schools merged in 1997 to become the Newark High School. This school was in special measures between 1999 and 2001. Its small sixth form closed in 2003. By 2007, pupil numbers were expected to fall below 300, which was less than half the capacity of the school. This site closed as a school in 2008, becoming the academy's sixth form. The whole site closed in 2016.[6]

The town's boys' grammar school became the Magnus Church of England School, still retaining most of its former name. Retford went comprehensive in 1979, and like Newark, has suffered from a haemorrhaging of admissions to schools outside of the town itself.

Academy chain[edit]

Previously a community school administered by Nottinghamshire County Council, The Grove School converted to academy status on 1 November 2012 and was renamed The Newark Academy. From Autumn 2016 the school will become part of the Torch Academy Gateway Trust. The school continues to coordinate with Nottinghamshire County Council for admissions.

New building[edit]

The school moved into a new building in January 2016 situated on part of the playing field, with the area occupied by the previous building being demolished and re-landscaped.

Notable former pupils[edit]

  • Caroline Mockford, Legal Secretary to Archbishop of York since 2015[7]
  • Toby Kebbell, actor

Lilley and Stone School[edit]

Lilley and Stone High School for Girls[edit]


  1. ^ "The Newark Academy". The Newark Academy. Retrieved 10 February 2014.
  2. ^ Picture the Past
  3. ^ Lilley and Stone School
  4. ^ History
  5. ^ Murder
  6. ^ Former Lilley and Stone site
  7. ^ Caroline Mockford
  8. ^ "Essame, Enid Mary [Emma] (1906–1999), headmistress". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/73466. Retrieved 17 October 2020.
  9. ^ Sadie Hartley

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°03′43″N 0°47′17″W / 53.062°N 0.788°W / 53.062; -0.788