Appleton Academy opened in November 2012 after an extensive design and build phase, which led to the creation of a new £22m building to replace the two predecessor schools.

Appleton is an 'all-through' school, which caters for ages 3-19 in one building and, as such, the building has been designed to create a seamless transition of pupils between phases with children 'growing' with the Academy through the building.

Since opening, the Academy has been nominated for several design awards and was recently the recipient of a Highly Commended award from SCALA (Society of Council and Local Authority Architects).