The Academy was created following the closure of the
Saint Paul’s Catholic School, and for the first years of its life, it will
be based on the site of the former school. The Catholic School
accommodated approximately 560 students whereas the new
Academy, when it is at capacity, will admit 240 students per
year with 1200 students eventually on roll.
The Catholic School students transferred automatically to the new Academy and the future intake will comprise predominantly Catholic students complemented by a cohort of 33% community youngsters. This intake satisfies two different needs; the first being a shortage of school places for Catholic students and the second a shortage of places for young people in the Abbey Wood area.
There will be, therefore, 160 Catholic and 80 community admissions each year when the Academy operates at a maximum capacity. Initially, the intake will be limited until the Academy moves to its new site in Abbey Wood.