After receiving official confirmation from the Department for Education, Blackpool FC Community Trust is proud to announce the opening of our very own Independent School.

Blackpool FC School, which is based at Bloomfield Road, has now opened its doors to Year 10 students that require an alternative to mainstream education.

Working with Blackpool Council, Unity Academy, Aspire Academy, Montgomery Academy, Southshore Academy and Educational Diversity, students study full time onsite and complete traditional Maths, English, and Science subjects to GCSE level, whilst also completing project-based learning and BTEC Sports.

In 2022 the school will double its enrolment and bring a new group of Year 10 students whilst continuing to support the current cohort to complete Year 11.

Ashley Hackett, BFCCT Chief Executive Officer, said “This is an enormous day for the Trust and a ground-breaking piece of work, that has been six years in the making.

“The team have worked tirelessly to reach this point and the students on site have already shown a great attitude in class, seeing 91% average attendance across the group.

“We have been tremendously supported on this journey and I must send a special thanks to Paul Turner at Blackpool Council, Sean Bullen at Fylde Coast Academy Trust as well as Simon Sadler and Ben Mansford at Blackpool FC, their open-minded approach and never-ending support has been crucial in this development. I must also thank our Board of Trustees, who have shown a great amount of trust in me, allowing me to start this journey, and finally open the school doors.”

Gemma Trickett, Head of School, said “I am delighted and honoured to have been appointed as the Headteacher for Blackpool FC School. I hold a strong belief in the power of education to change children’s lives and the right of every child to receive an excellent education. I am dedicated to building opportunities for students to achieve the highest academic standards, ensuring they are known as individuals and that their unique personality, talents, and interests are nurtured and developed to the full.

“Blackpool FC School is about developing the whole child and providing opportunities for them to flourish within and beyond the classroom. It is the aim of the entire school team to help each child become a successful learner, and well-rounded individual, who is ready to progress into further education and employment.”