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. Achievements are celebrated both within the school and with families. The school gives many opportunities for pupils outside the classroom and particularly excels in sport. Our own trust assessment and the assessment of our School Improvement Advisor, Mr Rob Jones, confirms that the academy is strengthening rapidly and is currently moving from being a Good school to an Outstanding one.
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 now.