St Ivo Academy is a large school with extensive facilities for students to enjoy.
A light, bright dining hall is available for students to enjoy hot or cold school dinners or packed lunches. Breakfast is available between 7.30 and 8.30am and snacks are served at breaktime.
Each subject has its own suite of teaching rooms, and the science department has 14 well-equipped laboratories. A large art and design block houses specialist accommodation for art and technology, including food technology rooms, a kiln and a photographic dark room.
Sports facilities are of the highest quality. On site, these include a large sports hall, weights room, rugby and football pitches, a well-equipped gymnasium, floodlit tennis courts, and an artificial cricket wicket. The school also has use of a synthetic athletics track and all-weather hockey pitch at the nearby Outdoor Centre, plus the swimming pool at the Leisure Centre. By arrangement with the local authority, the school can use these facilities until 3.00pm, after which they are available for community use.
Performing arts are well provided for, with a purpose-built drama studio in the Leisure Centre, dance studios and a music suite including practice rooms and a performance space.
Sixth Form students benefit from dedicated use of two study areas, for quiet and silent study, which include ICT facilities and study materials. The Sixth Form also have exclusive access to the common room and a number of classrooms in the Keep building.
The Resource Centre is open daily from 8.00am until 4.30pm (4.00pm on Friday). Students will find a bright, spacious area where they can do research, prepare homework, borrow and return resources. The Resource Centre is much more than just a library, with just over 16,000 resources, including books, audio CDs and DVDs available to borrow plus newspapers and a growing selection of journals and magazines. There are 16 computers that can be used by students during lesson times, break and lunchtimes and before and after school. Educational games and quiz books are available at lunchtime. All the applications on the school network are available in the Resource Centre, and students can use a designated computer to search the database of all items held in the Resource Centre.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) facilities are developing all the time. The whole-school PC network, shared with Adult and Community Education, can be accessed from 8 ICT suites as well as the Resource Centre. Many departments also have laptops, mobile devices and other computers in their teaching areas. Items of ICT equipment, including interactive whiteboards, digital cameras and multimedia projectors, are available for use throughout the school to enhance teaching and learning, including some public areas such as the main hall. All suitable classrooms have a data projector, and interactive whiteboard. Wifi is available across the school for use by staff and students in Years 8 and above.