Sunnyside Spencer Academy


Laurie Baczynski

Sunnyside Spencer Academy


Great Hoggett Drive




0115 917 4310

 ‘A very special place to be’

Sunnyside Spencer is a welcoming, friendly primary academy where children are supported as they grow in confidence. An Ofsted review in 2017 found the school to be ‘good’ with elements of ‘outstanding’ for effective leadership and management.

The lead inspector described the school as having a carefully thought out and creative curriculum which contributed to pupils’ high levels of engagement and love of reading. All children make good progress at Sunnyside, with careful consideration given to the needs of pupils with special educational needs. As a result, Sunnyside has a strong community feeling, and pupils well prepared for each stage of their education.

The quality of education and support at Sunnyside is all the more impressive in light of the school’s journey of improvement. Sunnyside joined the Spencer Academies Trust in 2014, having previously been deemed to have serious weaknesses. With Trust support, Sunnyside was refounded, moving into new buildings. The supportive local community was engaged, and the school offer revised, with the result that the number of children on roll has trebled since Sunnyside became an academy.

With this fresh start, Sunnyside has become a high-performing school which stands out for the quality of leadership and teaching excellence. As Ofsted concluded, the Sunnyside vision, of a school “where everyone is a learner and everyone a leader” is well-understood and supported, with the result that “pupils’ performance has soared.”

Join Sunnyside Spencer Academy

A small number of places are available for in-year admissions. To express interest in a place or to arrange a visit, please contact the school here.

Academy Information

The Department for Education summary of information about the school, including information on diversity and education outcomes can be found here.