Welcome to The GORSE Academies Trust

all children excel regardless of backgroundThe GORSE Academies Trust has an increasingly well-known reputation for changing the deal for children and young adults who come from some of the most impoverished parts of the country. Our central mission is to ensure that we play a significant role in removing the stubborn link between poverty and academic underperformance. Consequently, our students and our professionals are in the vanguard of the national drive which seeks to prove that where teaching is excellent, leadership inspiring and behaviour standards exemplary all children excel regardless of background.

Because of the trust’s reputation, we are also seeing the development of a new approach to academisation which is bringing already strong and successful schools forward to convert as new partners within The GORSE Academies Trust. Those schools recognise the enormous advantage that comes from belonging to a network of excellence in both leadership and teaching, and we as a trust recognise that there is much to be gained when great organisations are brought together.

we as a trust recognise that there is much to be gained when great organisations are brought together

Our final aim is to challenge the underperformance of other schools and academies through the excellence of our own work. In particular, we have sought to do this through taking advantage of the free schools programme and our trust will continue to look to develop new schools and to sponsor already existing schools in areas of significant educational underperformance. We believe that all great organisations have a role to play in agitating the system.

We believe that all great organisations have a role to play in agitating the systemNevertheless, our trust is also proud of its generosity in sharing ideas and approaches to the development of teaching and leadership with partners regionally and nationally. We are also humble, and take great enjoyment in learning from others including the very best practitioners nationally and internationally but also those struggling most in their work. This is because we believe that all schools contain areas of brilliance and it is for us as professionals to seek them out, understand their success and ensure that their magic is disseminated.

We have been determined to build slowly, and to manage our expansion and development as a trust in a manner which minimises risk and ensures the continuing excellence of academies within our group. We are of the view that The GORSE Academies Trust is close to establishing a national model of excellence which could and probably will be replicated right across the country. This model is built upon a form of intimate and devoted partnership which succeeds only through a geographical proximity which fosters the building of excellent relationships across student, professional, parental and leadership networks.

We are of the view that The GORSE Academies Trust is close to establishing a national model of excellence

Critical to that structure is our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) which opened in September 2015. It is our view that the great system leaders of the next decade will be great because of the quality of their teacher training which includes the training of brilliant new entrants to the profession. This will see teaching returning to a position whereby the most important single quality that we will hope to find in all teachers is a passion and love for their subject and a determination to share that love with young people, regardless of background.

great system leaders of the next decade will be great because of the quality of their teacher trainingOur SCITT is led through The Morley Academy’s Teaching School status. We are also very proud of the other areas of Teaching School status which are being driven by our second Teaching School The Farnley Academy which has a particular focus on school to school support and research and development. Over the course of the next two years we expect to be producing research papers which have an influence on national educational policy development.

It is with immense sadness that all of us at The GORSE Academies Trust are seeking to come to terms with the tragic death of Yusuf Jatta who was a cherished member of our nursery community at Hillcrest Academy. Yusuf was killed in a road traffic incident on Chapeltown Road on Saturday 29 April 2017.

Colleagues from Hillcrest Academy led by its Principal Sam Done, and our Director of Primary Education Mark Randall are in close communication with Yusuf’s family and it is our priority as a trust at this time to give them and all of Yusuf’s friends as much support as possible.