Ryecroft Academy joined The GORSE Academies Trust in May 2014 following a period of significant underperformance. In 2013 the school was judged to be Inadequate by Ofsted. Ryecroft had become much less popular with families and the local community had lost confidence in it as its primary school. Since joining the trust, Ryecroft Academy has been on an exciting journey of improvement; it is now expanding its number of pupils and the quality of teaching and leadership is exceptional.
In March 2017, Helen Townsley became the Principal of Ryecroft Academy, steering the school successfully through its inspection in May 2017. The judgement of Requires Improvement reflected accurately that improvements have been made at the school since 2014. We were, however, disappointed with our early work at Ryecroft Academy, but equally excited about the excellence that Helen and her colleagues are bringing to their work on school improvement.
Ryecroft Academy has benefited enormously from a major investment in its buildings through a capital programme worth in excess of £1.1million. Phase one was completed in the summer of 2019 with the final phase to be completed in the summer of 2020.
Ryecroft Academy is the lead partner in our trust in the development of Physical Education and Sports Science. Naturally, this is a brilliant part of the school’s work. Indeed, this excellence was recognised in Ryecroft Academy’s Ofsted inspection of September 2019 which judged the school to be Good overall, with Outstanding areas of its work identified in Leadership and Management, and Personal Development. The report is a testament to the work of a highly committed and talented team of professionals who have restored the reputation of the school within its community.