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Our Academy


Mrs E. Gaunt
Acting Principal

‚ÄčI would like to welcome you to Thomas Deacon Academy. I feel privileged to be the Acting Principal of this amazing school.

Our core purpose is:

“To ensure that each student acquires the necessary knowledge, skills and character to make a positive contribution to society and ‘thrive’ as a global citizen”

We believe our young people should leave us as citizens that are fully equipped with the character and qualifications to take their place in the world. We place great emphasis on ensuring they experience a broad and balanced curriculum, with a wide range of extra-curricular activities, opportunities for them to develop their 'character' and a strong pastoral system to support them with life’s challenges.

Our students benefit from our outstanding facilities. These include our Norman Foster designed Academy building and purpose built Key Stage 2 Juniors building located in our 43-acre campus. Amongst other facilities we also incorporate an excellent Sixth Form Study Centre and expansive playing fields and sporting facilities.

When Thomas Deacon Academy opened in September 2007 we took our name from the Thomas Deacon, a local wool merchant who became a prominent figure in the local area. Buried in Peterborough Cathedral when he died in 1721 he bequeathed money and property in his will to start a small school to educate Peterborough children in reading, writing and maths. It is from this we have grown to become the academy we are today.

We are part of the Thomas Deacon Education Trust which provides us with a great community and a network of support and expertise. Importantly, the Trust shares our vision to give our students the highest-quality of education possible and the best start in life.

I am delighted that you are interested in finding out more about our Academy and we look forward to seeing or hearing from you soon. 

Emily Gaunt, Acting Principal 

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Thomas Deacon Academy Trust

Thomas Deacon Academy is an independent state school that sits within the Thomas Deacon Education Trust portfolio of schools. The Academy board includes Directors from our Sponsors (Caterpillar and Thomas Deacon Foundation), our Parents and the Local Authority.

Our achievements are monitored by the Department for Education and the funding comes to the school directly, not via the Local Authority. We work closely with Peterborough City Council in a range of areas that support provision for our students.

As well as working closely with local partners such as Peterborough Regional College, the University of Cambridge and local primary schools, the Academy also plays a significant role in the wider community.

Thomas Deacon Education Trust 

Company number 05090788

Registered in England and Wales