Hamilton Academy, previously known as Hamilton Community College, is a co-educational comprehensive secondary school in Leicester, England, taking children between the ages of eleven and sixteen. The interim headteacher is Jackie Gair, who took over the headship in April 2017. The school has had several headteachers since the retirement of the long standing head, John Morris, they were Ed Carlyle, who left after a period of sick leave and Katie Lowe, who was interim head between February 2016 and April 2017.The school was awarded the status of a specialist Technology College in September 2001. With a capacity of 1200, it is currently under-subscribed with some 941 pupils on roll, of whom 33 per cent have special educational needs.Academic attainmentIn 2013, 68 per cent of the school's fifteen-year-old pupils achieved five or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C, with 50 per cent of pupils doing so including GCSE English and Maths. In 2014, 55% of students achieved 5 GCSE grades A*-C including English and Maths, this figure dropped to 25% in 2015. In 2016, the school achieved a progress 8 score of -0.73, placing it in the bottom 10% of schools in England.Concerns and criticismsIn October 2016, the school was rated by Ofsted as "Inadequate" in all areas and was placed into special measures.In June 2017, the school attracted criticism after suspending at least 40 pupils for peacefully protesting against cuts to education funding and compulsory redundancy of support staff. The headteacher, Jackie Gair, refused to comment on the incident but a statement issued by the local authority, Leicester City Council, stated that the authority "was pleased with the way the situation was managed."