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.
Children are now proud to be pupils at Ryecroft Academy and staff are proud to work thereRyecroft Academy is now a thriving, dynamic and inspiring school. It has wonderful children and a team of dedicated staff who strive relentlessly for the very best for its pupils. It provides a safe, calm and secure environment, where pupils feel safe, valued and cared for. There have been enormous improvements in the behaviour of pupils since the introduction of the Primary Positive Discipline system in September 2015. Children are now proud to be pupils at Ryecroft Academy and staff are proud to work there.
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.