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  • December
      2018

    December 2018 - The Ruth Gorse Academy – World Class

    Following a rigorous and forensic assessment process, The Ruth Gorse Academy was recognised as being a World Class School on 6th December 2018. This is an incredible achievement and a testament to the passion and determination of all the pupils and staff within the Trust.

    The GORSE Academies Trust is the only Trust in the North of England to have three World Class Schools, as The Ruth Gorse Academy joins both The Morley Academy and The Farnley Academy, who achieved the award in 2016.

  • October
      2018

    October 2018 - Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School

    Leanne Griffiths - Headteacher of the Year in a Secondary School“Leanne is an incredibly talented leader who is relentless in her determination to ensure that all students, regardless of their socioeconomic status, are provided with the opportunity to excel and succeed.

    Knowledgeable, yet humble, confident, courageous and resilient, Leanne strives to create a culture where high standards and expectations are insisted upon, and innovative approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are encouraged as a means of developing highly competent, aspirational students.

    Leanne clearly values the students’ ‘voice’ as a resource for shaping strategic developments and she is committed to ensuring that all students feel happy, safe and inspired to achieve the very best. Furthermore, colleagues from trainees, NQTs and RQTs, through to experienced Middle and Senior Leaders feel incredibly valued, reassured and motivated by her highly effective leadership.” – Source

  • September
      2018

    September 2018 - The Stephen Longfellow Academy – Moved to Permanent Accommodation

    After a highly successful year in buildings under the care of Bruntcliffe Academy, The Stephen Longfellow Academy has moved into permanent accommodation at Phoenix House. Along with significant investment in the building, the academy has seen a £1.8millon investment in the sports hall, which will be shared with Elliott Hudson College. The Stephen Longfellow Academy will continue to provide a first class education combined with therapeutic and emotional support which is of the highest standard.

  • September
      2018

    September 2018 - Boston Spa Academy – Academy Conversion

    On 1 September 2018 Boston Spa School converted to academy status and joined our trust.  This has been a long and difficult process but we are delighted that Christopher Walsh and his team are now able to be a part of our family and to establish Boston Spa Academy as a truly great school.

  • March
      2018

    March 2018 - Elliott Hudson College – Outstanding

    The trust’s decision to close its Sixth forms and open a new college for the city was vindicated through the recognition given in this inspection report. As well as being the highest performing A-level provider in the Yorkshire and Humber region, Elliott Hudson College was recognised by the inspection team for its transformational impact on social mobility. The college’s work with less advantaged students was described in the report as being “Exceptional”.

    Elliott Hudson College is now heavily over-subscribed and truly inspirational in all aspects of its work under David Holtham’s leadership.

  • February
      2018

    February 2018 - Bruntcliffe Academy – Good

    Following on from the impressive Ofsted outcome at Morley Newlands Academy, Bruntcliffe Academy was inspected early in the Spring term. The judgement came as close as it is possible to being Outstanding, and this is to the immense credit of Adam Ryder and his team of whom we are so proud. We were delighted to receive Outstanding judgments in the areas of Leadership and Management, Teaching, Learning and Assessment and Personal Development and Welfare.

    This is a brilliant platform upon which to build Bruntcliffe’s future.

  • January
      2018

    January 2018 - Morley Newlands Academy – Outstanding

    Morley Newlands Academy is inspected in January 2018. Because of its previous under-performance the school was subject to a full Section 5 inspection rather than a one day Section 8 inspection of what had previously been a Good school. We are immensely proud of Simon McCarthy and his team that they secured an Outstanding judgement in all areas and overall.

  • November
      2017

    November 2017 - GORSE SCITT – Outstanding

    GORSE SCITT is inspected in November 2017, following on from the first stage of the inspection which took place in June 2017, and was classified as Outstanding in all categories and overall.

  • November
      2017

    November 2017 - Richmond Hill Primary School – Academy Sponsorship

    Richmond Hill Primary School which was placed in Special Measures by Ofsted in January 2017, is sponsored by The GORSE Academies Trust and opens as Richmond Hill Academy. The school is now led by the brilliant Anna Mackenzie and we are very excited about the future for the whole of the Richmond Hill community.

  • September
      2017

    September 2017 - Elliott Hudson College – Established in Permanent Build

    In September 2017, Elliott Hudson College moved into its permanent base within the White Rose Office Park. This coincided with its first A Level results which were truly exceptional.

  • September
      2017

    September 2017 - The Stephen Longfellow Academy – Free School Opening

    On 1 September 2017 the trust opened its third free school, The Stephen Longfellow Academy. Based in temporary accommodation during its first academic year at the Bruntcliffe site, the academy is our first alternative provision facility. Ultimately The Stephen Longfellow Academy will cater for 300 pupils through key stages 1, 2, 3 and 4. The academy’s Principal Ben Mallinson and all at the trust are determined to establish a new approach to alternative provision which will ensure that pupils receive first class academic education combined with therapeutic and psychiatric support which is of the highest standard. We are very excited about all that this exciting initiative represents within our trust.

  • July
      2017

    July 2017 - The Ruth Gorse Academy – Outstanding

    All of us are exceptionally proud that, under the brilliant leadership of Rebekah Taylor, The Ruth Gorse Academy was classified as Outstanding in every area in its inspection report of July 2017. For the inspection team to agree with our parents that we are “a fantastic school where teachers see each child as an individual” is a terrific accolade for all involved in the delivery of this truly inspirational vision.

    Despite all of the challenges and, at times, the opposition that we have faced we see this achievement as one of the most important in the Leeds city region for a generation.

  • July
      2017

    July 2017 - The Morley Academy – Building Work

    The 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.

  • May
      2017

    May 2017 - Boston Spa Academy – Academy Conversion Consultation

    An area of the trust’s development about which we are particularly excited is our emerging partnership with Boston Spa Academy. Boston Spa is a strong and successful school and has recognised the many advantages and opportunities to be gained from working with a high performing trust. Likewise, we see in the many strengths of Boston Spa Academy, opportunities for our own professionals to learn about new ideas and new approaches to teaching and leadership. Following a highly successful consultation process, we are currently working closely with the Regional Schools Commissioner to ensure that Boston Spa Academy converts to academy status and joins The GORSE Academies Trust at the earliest opportunity.

  • May
      2017

    May 2017 - Ryecroft Academy – Requires Improvement

    At its most recent inspection in May 2017 Ryecroft Academy was judged to Require Improvement. The trust recognises entirely that we have not been successful in changing standards at Ryecroft Academy with sufficient speed or depth since it converted to academy status. This has now changed and, under the exceptional leadership of Helen Townsley, Ryecroft Academy is pushing forward at a remarkable speed.

  • December
      2016

    December 2016 - The Farnley Academy – World Class

    We are exceptionally proud that students at The Farnley Academy have been recognised as being World Class. They were recognised as having outstanding characteristics, exemplified by their commitment and dedication throughout the 2-month programme to earn the World Class Schools badge.

  • December
      2016

    December 2016 - The Morley Academy – World Class

    We are delighted that after a 2-month programme, students at The Morley Academy have demonstrated and evidenced that they are ‘Beyond Outstanding’. Students were recognised as having the skills, dispositions and outstanding characteristics to succeed in today’s global environment.

    World Class Schools say that ‘it is the calibre of the student which proves the calibre of the school.

  • September
      2016

    September 2016 - The Ruth Gorse Academy – Established in Permanent Build

    After two years in temporary accommodation and benefiting from brilliant support from the Department for Education, The Ruth Gorse Academy moved into its brand new state of the art facilities in Leeds city centre in September 2016. The total cost for the new school was in excess of £25 million.

  • September
      2016

    September 2016 - Hillcrest Academy – Outstanding

    In September 2016 Hillcrest Academy in Chapeltown was inspected for the first time since its conversion to academy status in January 2014. At its previous inspection in 2013 the predecessor school was rated as Inadequate. All of us are immensely proud that Hillcrest Academy was judged by the inspection team to be Outstanding. All areas of the school were judged by the inspection team to be of the very highest standard, including the Early Years and Foundation Stage which was also judged to be Outstanding. This is an amazing result for the community of Chapeltown. For too many years people have looked down on Hillcrest as a failing school. We can now enjoy many years of the wider community across Leeds and further afield looking up to Hillcrest Academy as a beacon of excellence under the leadership of Sam Done.

    We are also proud that for the second time the trust has overseen the transformation of an under-performing school to the very highest rating in only three years.

  • September
      2015

    September 2015 - GORSE SCITT – Established

    Under Stephen McKenzie’s leadership our own School Centred Initial Teacher Training partnership was established in September 2015. This is now a critical part of the trust’s work and viewed by us as our main aorta regarding the supply of excellent teachers to our schools.

  • September
      2015

    September 2015 - Bruntcliffe Academy – Academy Sponsorship

    Bruntcliffe Academy became a part of The GORSE Academies Trust in September 2015 so it is still at a relatively early point in its journey of improvement. The school had become increasingly unpopular with parents in the Morley community and was judged by Ofsted to Require Improvement in May 2014.

  • September
      2015

    September 2015 - Elliott Hudson College – Free School Opening

    Our second free school, Elliott Hudson College, opened in September 2015 under the leadership of David Holtham. Unashamedly ambitious, the college has established itself as a centre for academic excellence for students wishing to study A Levels and who intend to go on to many of the best universities in the world. We are also particularly keen to support students onto higher level apprenticeships following their studies.

  • March
      2015

    March 2015 - Morley Newlands Academy – Academy Conversion

    Morley Newlands Primary School joined us in March 2015. At that point the school was judged to be Good by Ofsted but the then Headteacher recognised correctly that its position was precarious regarding academic and pastoral performance.

  • September
      2014

    September 2014 - The Ruth Gorse Academy – Free School Opening

    We opened our first free school, The Ruth Gorse Academy, in September 2014. The school is situated in Leeds city centre and has as its central mission a determination to ensure that children from all backgrounds enjoy access to a world class secondary education. Originally the school was based in temporary accommodation on The Morley Academy site and our first year group had fewer than 80 pupils. As has so often been the case for us, we faced a good deal of opposition in opening The Ruth Gorse Academy including the local authority who did all that they could to undermine its success as a school.

  • May
      2014

    May 2014 - Ryecroft Academy – Academy Sponsorship

    Ryecroft Primary School, which is geographically positioned close to The Farnley Academy, was judged by Ofsted to be Inadequate in January 2013. It was the unanimous choice of the governing body for the school to be sponsored by The GORSE Academies Trust; this took place in May 2014.

  • January
      2014

    January 2014 - Hillcrest Academy – Academy Sponsorship

    At its previous inspection in 2013 Hillcrest Primary School was judged to be Inadequate. Consequently, a courageous decision was taken by the school’s governing body to find a sponsor who could support the school in becoming a great place for children to learn. The governing body chose The GORSE Academies Trust.

  • December
      2013

    December 2013 - The Farnley Academy – Outstanding

    In December 2013 The Farnley Academy was judged to be Outstanding. We are proud to have played such an important part in the transformation of a school which was failing its community to one of which its community can be rightly proud. This represents one of the most rapid movements in the country of any secondary school from Inadequate to Outstanding status regarding Ofsted judgements.

  • May
      2013

    May 2013 - The Morley Academy – Second Outstanding Ofsted Judgement

    All of us were delighted that, on its re-inspection as an Outstanding school in 2013, The Morley Academy was judged to be Outstanding in all areas of its work. This was an even more impressive report than the one received following the 2009 inspection as the sixth form was also judged to be Outstanding in this inspection.

  • February
      2012

    February 2012 - The Farnley Academy – Academy Sponsorship

    The Farnley Academy converted to academy status within The GORSE Academies Trust.

  • January
      2011

    January 2011 - The Morley Academy – Academy Conversion

    As an Outstanding school, Morley was one of the first in the country to take up the opportunity of converting to academy status. In January 2011, The Morley Academy was established.

  • December
      2010

    December 2010 - The GORSE Academies Trust – Formation

    In December 2010, The GORSE Academies Trust was established as a charitable trust. Its mission and focus was articulated at the time as being centred around improving educational opportunities for children whose lives are characterised by privation.

  • September
      2009

    September 2009 - The Farnley Academy – Intervention

    In September 2009, following on from its Outstanding inspection, Morley High School was asked to intervene and support Farnley Park Mathematics and Computing College. With the sudden death of its Headteacher during the summer holiday and a long legacy of academic under-performance the school was in crisis. The intervention was bitterly opposed by the teaching unions and the opening phase of our work at the school was exceptionally challenging.

  • May
      2009

    May 2009 - The Morley Academy – Outstanding

    In 2009 all of us were delighted that Morley High School was judged to be an Outstanding school. Despite all that we have been engaged in as a trust since 2009 we remain very proud of all that The Morley Academy represents and it comes as no surprise to anyone who spends time within the academy to learn that, for example, it remains as one of the very highest performing schools in the country regarding the progress of all children.

  • September
      2007

    September 2007 - Rodillian School Intervention

    In 2007 Morley High School and its Headteacher John Townsley led a key intervention in Rodillian School which was at that point in crisis. In partnership with Morley’s then Deputy Headteacher Anne McAvan the intervention brought stability and rapid improvement to the school. In 2008 the school was given an Inadequate judgement by Ofsted; in 2009 it was judged to be Satisfactory with Good leadership. Rodillian has gone from strength to strength and is currently classified as a Good school with Outstanding leadership and behaviour. We are very proud to have played such a key role in setting all of the foundation stones in place for this transformational recovery.

  • March
      2006

    March 2006 - The Morley Academy – Satisfactory

    At the time of Sir John Townsley’s appointment to the position of Headteacher of Morley High School (now The Morley Academy) in 2003, the school was viewed by all external stakeholders including parents as underperforming. It was at the time judged as a “Satisfactory” school by Ofsted and this judgement was repeated in the school’s inspection of 2006. Though we were disappointed with the overall judgement we were pleased that inspectors noted the Good standards of behaviour, teaching and leadership and the Outstanding curriculum, and this gave us the confidence to push forward with renewed vigour in our direction of travel.

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