History and Christian ethos

Our earliest benefactor was Lady Cecelia Flogan, whose extensive lands became the bequest that established the academy’s foundation. To this foundation were added bequests from other local benefactors in succeeding years.

The Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation provided for a developing and successful school for boys until the late 19th century when, in a growing age of freedom and acceptance for females, it extended its benefactions to provide education for girls. The Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Girls became established in 1885 and it was not until 1993 that the academy took on its current identity as a coeducational comprehensive school.

The school became a Voluntary Aided Church of England School in the early 2000s and this partnership has continued since the conversion to academy status in 2012. Since 2016, the academy has been part of the by Diverse Academies Learning Partnership, with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham as an affiliated partner.

As a Church of England academy, we work in partnership with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham to provide an education that is distinctively Christian. The academy is inclusive for students from all backgrounds, with a variety of needs, of the Christian faith, other faiths and no faith, and is rooted in Christian beliefs and values. The Diocesan Board of Education have a level of accountability for the standard of education provided. The Church of England vision for education is ‘Deeply Christian: Serving the Common Good’ - this embraces ‘Life in all its Fullness’ promoting wisdom, hope, dignity and community as key aspects of a Christian education, and informs the academy’s vision and values.

Our houses are attributed to important and influential people from Mansfield – Sterne, named after the former Archbishop of York; Dodsley, after the author of ‘The King and Miller’; and Chappell, who wrote ‘The Whole Duty of Man’. Our heritage is reflected in our beautiful buildings and grounds, and HRH The Queen opened the Elizabethan gardens at the academy in 1997. We are fortunate to have some original William Morris paintings in our main hall, which the whole community can enjoy, together with our students.

Our academy has a rich history and tradition, and is looking forward to a bright future. Our aim is to inspire future generations of students to transform their lives so that they achieve every success they can in their journey of lifelong learning.