As Principal of The Farnley Academy, I am delighted to welcome you to our website. In addition to celebrating our many achievements, I hope it provides key information about the life and work of our remarkable school for those keen to know more.
The Farnley Academy is part of The GORSE Academies Trust, a not-for-profit charity whose driving energy is centred on creating exceptional schools within the Leeds city region. The Trust has established a reputation for setting standards of excellence and achieving rates of improvement which have received national attention, not least of all those of The Farnley Academy! The Executive Principal, Sir John Townsley, is a National Leader of Education and gives considerable support to an increasing number of primary and secondary schools across the North.
The Farnley Academy has a simple mission – to create an environment which is free from cynicism and unwilling to put limits on what young people can achieve. Having worked and supported in many schools, I am firmly of the opinion that The Farnley Academy is a very special place. Without doubt, it is the incredible professional body, both teachers and support staff, which set it apart. As Principal, I am humbled and privileged to work alongside such a dedicated team relentless in its determination to secure the very best outcomes for the young people we serve. Indeed, we strive to provide an educational experience that is all too often the preserve of students in the private sector.
Whether it is the very best in teaching and learning, or enrichment and extra-curricular opportunities, The Farnley Academy seeks to have a profoundly positive effect not only on students’ motivation, engagement and academic progress, but their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development. In September 2016 we embarked on a campaign to Celebrate and Embrace Diversity. From issues surrounding emotional and mental health to the LGBT community, from faith and spirituality to the role of women in society, we are proud to be part of a Trust which never shies away from tackling difficult and controversial topics.
In December 2013 the excellence of our work was recognised by Ofsted which judged the Academy to be Outstanding in all areas. Inspectors noted that ‘the quality of teaching is outstanding. Much is inspirational. As a result, students display a rare thirst for learning and an eagerness to succeed.’ A copy of the full report is available to download from our website. It was as a consequence of this judgment that the Academy was designated a Teaching School in 2014 and went on to secure the prestigious World Class Schools Quality Mark in 2016.
Still, we are never complacent and work incredibly hard and in genuine partnership with other academies with The GORSE Academies Trust. This work is integral to our ongoing success and we passionately believe that only through collaboration and learning together are we able to deal effectively with the ever-changing educational landscape.
Of course, a website can’t tell the whole story and nor can it do justice to our greatest asset, the young people themselves! Whilst providing a flavour of just how exciting it is to be part of all that we are achieving, if you wish to go beyond the website please make an appointment to come and experience our remarkable academy for yourself!