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John Madejski Academy

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John Madejski Academy
Hartland Road

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Coordinates51°25′33″N 0°57′41″W / 51.425709°N 0.961286°W / 51.425709; -0.961286
Religious affiliation(s)None
FounderJohn Madejski
Local authorityReading
SpecialistSports Academy
Department for Education URN130247 Tables
Head teacherLouise Baker
Age11 to 19
HousesRuby, Emerald, and Sapphire
Former nameThamesbridge College

John Madejski Academy is an 11-19 years old academy in Reading, Berkshire, England. JMA is part of the White Horse Federation Trust.

Mrs Louise Baker became Principal of JMA in September 2020.

JMA had an Ofsted school inspection in January 2020 which says ‘The academy is improving because teachers’ expectations of pupils in all year groups are rising. Many pupils and parents agree that the school is better than in the past.’

JMA’s last full Ofsted visit was in October 2019 which says ‘ The elite sports and performing arts programme enables pupils to pursue their creative or sporting ambitions.’ This inspection also recognises that ‘ rapidly improving teaching is leading to much better outcomes for pupils’.

JMA offers a broad and ambitious curriculum including Technology, Textiles, IT, History, Geography, Drama, Sport, PSHE, Art, Science, English and Maths.


The academy was officially established on 1st September 2006 following the closure of its 11-16 predecessor, Thamesbridge College.[1] Thamesbridge College was previously known as Ashmead School.[2][3] It was officially opened by Tony Blair on 5th December 2007.[4][5]

The new buildings were opened in 2010, with Sir John Madejski cutting the ribbon.

In 2017, Madejski described financing the academy as "his proudest achievement".[6]


The building was designed by international architecture firm Wilkinson Eyre[7] and it was shortlisted for an award at the World Architecture Festival 2008.[8]


Ricky Gervais[2]


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  2. ^ a b Hughes, Lorna (23 August 2020). "Where celebrities who grew up in Berkshire live now". BerkshireLive. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  3. ^ Fort, Hugh (19 May 2015). "Pick of the Past: Ashmead School carnival in 1985". BerkshireLive. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  4. ^ "Madejski Academy special measures for a second time". BBC News. 13 January 2016. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  5. ^ BBC. "Blair opens Madejski Academy". Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  6. ^ Low, Jonathan (15 January 2017). "Sir John Madejski: I've lost hundreds of millions but I'm happy". BerkshireLive. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  7. ^ "John Madejski Academy". WilkinsonEyre.Architects. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2011.
  8. ^ "John Madejski Academy". World Buildings Directory. Retrieved 7 February 2016.

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