at , Middlesbrough , TS3 8RE
Unity City Academy is a city academy in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, England which is sponsored by the Academies Enterprise TrustHistoryUnity City Academy opened in 2003, sponsored by support services company Amey plc. The funding for the Academy consisted of £8m from the Department for Education and £2m from the sponsor, Amey. The Academy was built for 1,200 pupils but in 2015 it has still, yet, to recruit to capacity. After opening the Academy went through a period of difficulties, including being placed in Special Measures in 2005. In September 2006 the academy was relaunched as a Vocational and Enterprise Centre, following the building of a new enterprise centre funded by the Department for Education and Skills. The school was declared inadequate by OFSTED and placed in Special Measures for a second time in 2009. In order to raise standards the Department for Education intervened and a Chief Executive, a Director of Education and an Executive Principal were appointed. The Academy then improved and in March 2013 the Academy was graded as 'Good' by OFSTED.The Academy has changed sponsor twice and it went through a highly unusual 14 month period between sponsors, when it had no sponsor at all.Between 2008 and 2015 Patricia Towey was the Principal. She has been described as the Academy's most successful Principal. In 2014, at the personal invitation of Ian Comfort, the CEO of Academies Enterprise Trust, Mrs Towey left Unity City Academy to take on the leadership of 17 other schools within the Academies Enterprise Trust network. The next Principal was Neil Powell who had previously been Principal at East Point Academy before it left the Academies Enterprise Trust network to join the Inspiration Trust. Mr Powell stated during the takeover of East Point that he wished to "remain with the AET"
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