On the 1st of January 2018, Linhope PRU converted to an academy and became part of Prosper Learning Trust. Then on 1st September 2018, the name was changed to Mary Astell Academy to better reflect the values and provision of the school.
Mary Astell (Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 November 1666 – London, 11 May 1731) was an English feminist writer and rhetorician. Fighting in particular for women’s rights, she was an advocate for education for all, which is a key part of the ethos at the school.
Mary Astell Academy is an alternative provision academy within Prosper Learning Trust which provides education to pupils from ages 5 to 16.
Mary Astell Academy serves children who are referred via the local authority due to permanent exclusion and reside in the City of Newcastle. Pupils may be fully or dual registered depending on their circumstances. Mary Astell Academy is not affiliated to any religion or religious denomination.
Mary Astell Academy seeks to support each pupil’s access to a full-time, broad and balanced education appropriate to their potential and their educational needs and encourage reintegration into mainstream whenever relevant.
The pupils of Mary Astell Academy are currently taught in departments which are varied to accommodate the individual needs of the pupils:
- Mary Astell Academy Main Site – an educational setting for pupils aged 11-16 who have two permanent exclusions, all Year 11 pupils with at least one permanent exclusion, and pupils identified as needing long term support to enable them to re-integrate into mainstream or other educational provisions
- Transition Support Pathway – a secondary provision for pupils who are not able to access the main site or the Assessment Provision due to their vulnerabilities or exceptional and individual circumstances, which focusses on educational engagement, resilience and reintegration
- Prosper Primary – a primary assessment provision where pupils work in a small nurture group with trained staff; they may return to their home school or an alternative provision following assessment
- Prosper Community Outreach – specialist teachers work in community settings, supporting pupils in a transition back to education setting appropriate to the individual learner