As Principal of The Farnley Academy, I am delighted to welcome you to our school.
As part of The GORSE Academies Trust, The Farnley Academy has gone from strength to strength and now boasts a number of educational accolades including most recently a prestigious position in the Top 5% of all schools nationally! The GORSE Academies Trust is an organisation driven entirely by the desire to provide an exceptional education to some of the most disadvantaged students in Leeds.
The Farnley Academy is a consistently high performing secondary school serving the community of Farnley and other surrounding areas. In 2018/19, our students achieved a remarkable 80% grade 4+ and 58% grade 5+ in both English and Mathematics, firmly cementing our academy as the highest performing secondary school in the area by a significant margin.
As an academy, we are fortunate to be housed in exceptional buildings which underwent a £23m refurbishment in 2012. The staff and students of the academy benefit from a bright, vibrant, heavily-resourced learning environment, which is highly flexible to meet the needs of the 21st Century learner.
Although the Lead School of a Teaching School Alliance in our own right, we are proud to be an original partner of GORSE SCITT (formerly Leeds Teaching School Alliance). As a partner, we support a dynamic route into teaching, providing high quality Initial Teacher Training around Leeds. New entrants to the teaching profession are able to train directly with the SCITT in schools within The GORSE Academies Trust and also in partner schools in the local area.
The trust has an outstanding record of recruiting trainees from its programme to newly qualified teaching positions within its schools and graduates from the SCITT are in high demand in schools outside of the Alliance.
As an Academy we are delighted to have on our staff many former trainees from the SCITT and its legacy School Direct work. This now includes a significant number of colleagues with responsibilities within the academy, especially in Maths, Science, History and Geography. The expert teachers we have employed from the SCITT include Mathematics, Science, MFL, PE, English, Geography, Art, Design Technology and History. The teaching of these colleagues has always been developed to a point of early excellence, allowing them and us to make a real positive difference in the lives and progress of our pupils.