Morley Newlands Academy is a large feeder school for the Outstanding Morley Academy in South Leeds. It joined The GORSE Academies Trust two years ago and we have seen a notable increase in the performance of its students over that time of great transformation. Working closely with primary partners across the Trust, and especially at our Outstanding Hillcrest Academy, staff and leaders at MNA have been able to harness improvements in progress at all key stages. This year is a key year for us, with many strategic changes having been implemented since September 2016 and a relentless focus on all our key stage provisions. We go into our next OFSTED inspection with a sense of much work still to be done but also of growing confidence, including in the performance of our Year 6 students in their SATs.
Issues that have affected progress of our students in the past are being addressed at a pace. These include improving the provision for Early Years teaching – a major rebuilding and refurbishment programme is underway in order to expand the spaces required by our young people and to provide a space that is fit for purpose and will also allow them to develop the skills necessary to be successful in their academic studies in KS2 and beyond. We are aware of how important KS1 is to the sustained development of all our students and we believe that the physical improvements to the school buildings along with a strengthening of our teacher and support staff force is already paying dividends for us. We regularly asses our students and compare their performance with those of their counterparts across the Trust. By doing this, we are able to share best practice in our partnership meetings and CPD days. This shared experience, tapping into the success of Hillcrest Academy has allowed us to sharpen moderation of work and to help students improve noticeably.