establish in the most impoverished part of the Leeds city region an Outstanding secondary schoolThe Ruth Gorse Academy opened in September 2014 as a result of the trust making its first free school application. Our determination in applying to open this academy was to establish in the most impoverished part of the Leeds city region an Outstanding secondary school for children in those communities to attend. The school moved in September 2016 into its state of the art building in Leeds city centre.
The academy is led by Rebekah Taylor who has succeeded in rising to all of the challenges that the free schools movement, by its very nature, has to offer. As an example, the academy was judged to be Outstanding in all areas of its work in its inspection of July 2017. Most pleasingly, the academy was significantly oversubscribed in all year groups for 2018.
By 2019 The Ruth Gorse Academy will be significantly larger than most secondary schools and will serve an area of disadvantage which is much higher than that found typically nationwide. Approximately 51% of students are of white British heritage with other students coming from a wide range of ethnic, cultural and religious backgrounds.
it is our expectation to see families travelling into the city centre for the very best secondary education that is availableFor many years families in Leeds have drifted away from the city centre in their search for better education, particularly in the secondary sector. The Ruth Gorse Academy seeks to play a pivotal role in reversing that movement and it is our expectation to see families travelling into the city centre for the very best secondary education that is available.
The academy is named in honour of Ruth Gorse who was a brilliant head of PE at The Morley Academy and, prior to that, at The King’s School, Pontefract. She was an inspiration to all who worked with her and her death in 2007 robbed education of a dedicated teacher who placed no limitations on what students could achieve. All of us who worked with Ruth loved her dearly.