The Morley Academy, previously Morley High School, was one of the first converter academies in the country. It is a much larger than average secondary academy and is situated in the centre of the town of Morley. The great majority of its students are of white British heritage and indicators around levels of deprivation show the academy’s profile to be broadly in line with the national average.
Outcomes in examinations are exceptionally strong and in 2015 The Morley Academy was the highest performing secondary school in the city regarding the progress of all students. Early indicators for 2016 outcomes suggest that this level of performance has been sustained and strengthened. The academy now has a powerful reputation for its work in improving the performance of disadvantaged children which is recognised nationally. All aspects of the examination results at The Morley Academy can be viewed on the Department for Education’s website.
In its inspections of 2009 and 2013 the academy was judged to be Outstanding.In its inspections of 2009 and 2013 the academy was judged to be Outstanding. The last Ofsted report can be downloaded here.
The Morley Academy is also a Teaching School and plays a lead role within The GORSE Academies Trust in driving forward our School Centred Initial Teacher Training. This is no small undertaking as we have approximately 79 trainee teachers with us during each academic year. This is set to expand further when we recruit our first primary phase trainee teachers in September 2017.
Within the Trust The Morley Academy has faced the greatest challenge regarding the reorganisation of Post 16 education. In the summer of 2016 Morley bid a fond farewell to its last Post 16 students. This involved the closure of a 315 student Outstanding sixth form provision and it is an immense credit to the academy’s Principal Leanne Griffiths, who was appointed in November 2014, and all of the professionals of the academy that this has been completed without any compromise on standards and achievement. As a result of this reorganisation The Morley Academy is now able to welcome more students into each of its year groups which is particularly important given the popularity of the academy in its local community.
£2 million has now been set aside for the total renovation of the original grammar school buildingThe Morley Academy is now being prioritised by our Trust regarding the development of its buildings. As an example, £2 million has now been set aside for the total renovation of the original grammar school building, an investment which many of us believe is long overdue. The vision for the development of the original grammar school building can be viewed below.