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 an Outstanding judgement from OFSTED and also World Class status. 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. Now with seven Outstanding judgements from OFSTED, The GORSE Academies Trust, led by Sir John Townsley, is recognised nationally as being one of the highest performing multi-academy trusts in the country.
The Farnley Academy is a consistently high performing secondary school serving the community of Farnley and other surrounding areas. In 2017/18, our students achieved a remarkable 74% grade 4+ and 45% 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.
Within our academy, our approaches to discipline are traditional and we expect the very highest levels of behaviour and attitudes to learning from our students at all times. This traditional approach is, however, coupled with an excellent level of pastoral care and a curriculum which is both rich and diverse. At Key Stage 3, students experience a broad curriculum that will allow them to have a wide range of learning opportunities before selecting their GCSE options at the end of Year 8. At Key Stage 4, students have the choice of a large number of courses suited to the various requirements of our bold and ambitious students.
Members of staff at The Farnley Academy and within the trust, are wholeheartedly dedicated to ensuring that all students in our care receive a first class education and achieve their goals in life, whatever they might be. Our staff value each of our students as individuals and work tirelessly to ensure that students achieve excellent GCSE examination outcomes, and also develop into positive members of society. It is through our valuing of the individual and our consistently high expectations that we will achieve our bold new ambition, which will see the academy ranked in the top 1% of secondary schools by 2020.
I look forward to working in partnership with you to ensure that all of our students are successful in both their time with us at The Farnley Academy and also their future studies and careers.
Mr C Stokes