Bruntcliffe Academy, previously Bruntcliffe High School, joined The GORSE Academies Trust in September 2015. Along with The Morley Academy, Bruntcliffe is situated centrally in the town of Morley itself. Over the course of recent years Bruntcliffe High School had failed its children and a position had established itself whereby families living on the same streets in the town were receiving a totally different standard of secondary education. The examination outcomes of 2014 and 2015 placed Bruntcliffe High School in the bottom 10% of schools nationally for the achievement of its students. To look at those examination outcomes in detail please go to the Department for Education website. So concerned were parents regarding standards at the school that in September 2014 hundreds of them met to protest to the local authority and the school’s governing body. As a consequence of that action The GORSE Academies Trust was asked to sponsor the school.
There was a particularly strong emphasis on the improvement of classroom teaching and leadershipSince becoming part of The GORSE Academies Trust, Bruntcliffe Academy has gone from strength to strength. The GCSE results of 2016 show a positive Progress8 score placing the school in the top 40% of schools in the country, this is a significant improvement in its first year of operation. This makes Bruntcliffe Academy one of the most rapidly improving schools locally, regionally and nationally. This has been achieved through ensuring that standards of behaviour are high across all subject areas and around school. The academy has invested heavily in providing high quality CPD opportunities for all staff ensuring that teaching is at the heart of everything the academy does. Leaders are empowered to work with autonomy so they can lead their subject areas. In addition to this, all leaders work in close collaboration with colleagues from across the Trust to ensure that the very best practice is shared.
The most recent inspection of the predecessor school took place in May 2014 with a judgement of Requires Improvement in all categories. You can download the latest Ofsted report here. Bruntcliffe Academy will be inspected before the end of its third year as an academy within the trust and we are confident that it will secure at least Good at that inspection.
Bruntcliffe Academy is slightly smaller than other secondary schools nationally, however, due to its improved reputation in the community we are confident that it will be oversubscribed by September 2017. The great majority of students are of white British heritage though the proportion who are classified as being disadvantaged is higher than that typically found nationally.
build brand new, state of the art facilities by 2020Under the exceptional leadership of its Principal, Adam Ryder, the academy will continue to improve at a rapid pace making it an exciting place to work. We are also particularly excited about plans which are at an early stage to seek permission to demolish the current buildings and to build brand new, state of the art facilities by 2020 for the Bruntcliffe community.