About Us

The school received approval from the Department for Education to move forward in July 2018 and will primarily meet the needs of Sunderland children but will also serve Durham and South Tyneside. It is due to open in September 2020 with up to 36 pupils in school during the first year growing to 96 pupils by September 2022. The proposed site at the former Bishop Harland CofE Primary School in Hylton Redhouse will have a new purpose-built building in the 2020/2021 academic year.

Prosper Learning Trust are proud to deliver a school which serves the city of Sunderland and neighbouring areas. Working together with you, our stakeholders and partners we will create a school which is recognised as a centre of excellence both regionally and nationally.

*Prosper Learning Trust (PLT) is a Multi Academy Trust, which was established in January 2018 by Newcastle Bridges School. The Trust currently comprises, Newcastle Bridges School, Mary Astell Academy and Thomas Bewick Special School. The Trust work together to offer appropriate educational pathways for all its pupils whatever their needs, abilities or interests.

Who is Harry Watts?

Prosper Learning Trust have chosen the name Harry Watts Academy as they want this school to reflect and pay tribute to the heritage of the city of Sunderland.

Harry Watts had a real connection to Sunderland having lived and worked there all his life. Born 15 June 1826 to 23 April 1913 Harry Watts was a Sunderland sailor and diver who rescued over 40 people from drowning during his lifetime and assisted in the rescue of another 120 people. Harry received many medals and certificates throughout his life for his heroic achievements.

Information about Harry Watts



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