The Farnley Academy became a part of The GORSE Academies Trust in January 2012. This was the first sponsorship of any school by The Morley Academy and was the central reason for the establishment of The GORSE Academies Trust. Our first involvement with what was then Farnley Park High School came in the summer of 2009 as a result of the tragic and unexpected death of the Headteacher. Unfortunately the school was also in exceptionally difficult circumstances regarding the performance of students which placed it in 2009 and 2010 as amongst the very worst in the country at Key Stages 4 and 5.
The journey of improvement was particularly challenging and came in the face of overt hostility from a range of directions. As an example, the teaching unions engaged in strike action which was intended to bring to an end the partnership between the two schools.
in 2013 it was judged to be Outstanding and we are proud to have played such an important part in the transformationNevertheless, we persevered and, under the exceptional leadership of John Ziltener who was appointed as Principal from The Morley Academy, Farnley gradually began to win the confidence of its community. In 2010 the school was rightly judged by Ofsted to be Inadequate; in 2013 it was judged to be Outstanding and 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. The latest Ofsted report can be downloaded here.
The Farnley Academy is a larger than average secondary academy which serves an area which is predominantly white British. With regard to indicators of deprivation the school is significantly higher than the national average. Of the five Outstanding secondary schools in the Leeds LA The Farnley Academy has by far the highest proportion of children who are entitled to free school meal support.
Of the five Outstanding secondary schools in the Leeds LA The Farnley Academy has by far the highest proportion of children who are entitled to free school meal support
The Farnley Academy continues to perform well regarding examination outcomes with attainment and progress data which are in keeping with the best schools in the country. That information can be found on the Department for Education website.
It is now a Teaching School in its own right and is pushing forward formidablyThe Farnley Academy is now pushing forward in to the next exciting phase of its journey of excellence under the leadership of its new Principal Christopher Stokes. It is now a Teaching School in its own right and is pushing forward formidably as an 11-16 academy whose small but high performing sixth form has now been closed. The academy enjoys wonderful buildings which were completed as a total renovation in 2012.