Grace Academy Darlaston was formerly Darlaston Community Science College which had been placed into special measures by OFSTED in January 2008 and failed to raise standards in the allotted time. As a result, it was converted into an Academy on 1 September 2009 using the same buildings.
A new, purpose built academy building was opened in September 2013, and the previous school buildings demolished to make way for astroturf sports facilities for the new school site.
The academy was formerly operated by Grace Foundation incorporated by Lord Edmiston – entrepeneur of International Motors Ltd and founder of the evangelical charity Christian Vision. It then became part of Tove Learning Trust on 1st April 2019 headed by CEO Dr Jamie Clarke.
Carl Salt was appointed Principal in April 2016 and led the academy to achieve an OFSTED rating of Good in April 2017 implementing significant improvements in teaching, progress and student.
The academy is now headed by Julie Anstey, Associated Principal while Carl Salt is Director of Education over the three Grace Academy schools.