Tollbar became an Academy on 1 September 2010, one of the first to change its status under the Academies Act 2010. It remains an 'outstanding' provider of education, having been confirmed as outstanding in all four categories by Ofsted in November 2013. The Academy is the largest of the Tollbar Family of Academies, a multi-academy trust of four secondary academies and three primary academies with approximately 5,000 students in total.
Tollbar Academy itself is an 11-19 mixed comprehensive, incorporating Tollbar MAT Sixth Form College. The Academy is located approximately one mile south of the town of Grimsby and one mile west of the resort of Cleethorpes. These two towns, together with the port of Immingham and surrounding villages make up the unitary authority area of North East Lincolnshire. The local authority area is bordered to the west by North Lincolnshire and by the non-metropolitan county of Lincolnshire to the south. It lies within the ‘Parts of Lindsey’ a historic subdivision of Lincolnshire and is classed as a part of the wider region of Yorkshire and the Humber.
The original school was opened in 1937 for 300 pupils, and its original buildings remain at the heart of the modern, expanded Academy site. Significant expansion took place in the 1970s with the addition of multi-level teaching blocks, and further additions have continued to add capacity and specialist facilities ever since. Recent years have seen the addition of an extensive fitness suite, an A-level art studio, industry standard recording and mixing facilities, tennis courts and a food technology classroom. Students also enjoy the use of a large canteen, snack kiosks, two multi-purpose halls, two gymnasiums, a large indoor sports hall and extensive green field space for outdoor physical education and recreation.
The Academy operates an Equal Preference Admission Policy, which means that it attracts students from a wide area. At present, it has a roll in excess of 2,000 students, making it the largest school in North East Lincolnshire. Our students join us from across the local authority area, especially the dormitory villages of Waltham, New Waltham and Scartho. The vast majority of the housing in the area is privately owned, and a number of large private housing developments are ongoing within a short distance of the Academy. At Tollbar Academy we believe in the value of our community and we hope that our students see our school as central to their lives, a place where they belong.