Opening in September 2012 as part of Middlesbroughs £100 million Building Schools for the Future scheme under the name Oakfields Community College located on Hall Drive, Acklam. The school was converted to academy status in September 2013 under a new sponsorship of Outwood Grange Academies Trust and renamed Outwood Academy Acklam. Under the guidance of OGAT the Academy changed the design of the school, replacing classrooms without internal walls with more functional and learning inducive environments of individual classrooms and 1-1 learning offices.
The academy has gone from strength to strength since it became Outwood Academy Acklam under the leadership of both Mark Hassack and Alex Howe. The academy has been designated as a National Support School meaning that it is recognised as a high performing academy which is able to support other schools. The Outwood Institute of Education has a refurbished base in in the academy ensuring that anyone who works in education has the best possible training to make the biggest impact on the lives of all students. In 2017 Outwood Academy Acklam boasted the highest performing figures in the North East for the progress students made. The Academy prides its self in creating a safe learning environment in which students are put first, standards are raised and lives are transformed.
The academy includes specialist facilities for all subjects:
Classrooms are modern, with each having its own interactive whiteboard to enable teaching staff to deliver outstanding lessons to all of our students. The growing success and popularity of the academy mean that continued changes to the building such as an extended dining area ensure that all students are put first.