The GORSE SCITT is passionate about ensuring that the schools that we work with are high achieving schools who feel as strongly as we do about our ethos and vision in terms of Initial Teacher Training. We work very closely with key members of staff in each of our partner school to ensure that trainees receive the highest quality training. We feel very strongly that the most important aspect of our programme is the quality of our placement schools.
Our placement schools are very much Leeds based, with most of them being in the South and West area of the City. We do not currently use the standard ninety minute travel policy that most other providers use, as our schools are based no more than a 30 minute drive from our “Lead School” – The Morley Academy.
Bankside Primary is located in the inner city area of Harehills and serves a diverse community of families from over 23 different heritage ...Read More
Bankside Primary is located in the inner city area of Harehills and serves a diverse community of families from over 23 different heritage backgrounds. The school is a 3FE with 760 students and 90 staff, all determined to live up to our Bankside best commitment: ‘we expect the best for you and the best from you’. We believe that this commitment is the foundation of our community of learning and of love. We are proud of that commitment and of all that we do here.
We are proud of our children. The quality of our children’s learning is demonstrated by the exceptional progress that they make during their time at school. Last year (Summer 2017), our key stage 2 results placed us in the top 5% of all primary schools nationally for this aspect of learning. Our year 6 children leave Bankside ready to flourish and thrive as confident learners at High School – and beyond. We are proud of the numbers of former pupils who are at University, continuing to shine as ‘Bankside best’ superstar learners; building, we believe, on the strong roots for successful learning that we helped them develop during their primary education with us.
At Bankside we are proud that we encourage our children to be LOUD and PROUD. We are community that encourages everybody to have a voice; to have opinions to share, and to listen actively to the views of others with empathy. We are loud and proud about our 8 Golden Rules. These are ‘rules for life and not just for school’; rules that the adult members of the school community also model and follow on a daily basis. We believe that these 8 guiding principles are the social ‘glue’ holding us together; creating a strong ethos of love, accountability and support for all, that we believe shines throughout the school.
We are proud of all our hard work to make a big school like Bankside feel like one happy family. We are proud to know that all our children and grown-ups (in school and at home) value this ‘Bankside best’ effort – and work tirelessly to promote and support it. This is recognised and highlighted in our ‘Good with Outstanding’ (Ofsted March 2016) report which states ‘Bankside School wraps its arms around everyone and gives them a hug. Families and parents are embraced and nurtured. The care, guidance and support offered to families from the wide variety of backgrounds are exemplary’
Boston Spa Academy
Boston Spa Academy began working with the GORSE Academies Trust in September 2017 and is currently in the process of formally joining the ...Read More
Boston Spa Academy began working with the GORSE Academies Trust in September 2017 and is currently in the process of formally joining the academy chain.
We are dedicated to creating a path to the future for all of our students. Our mission is to help our pupils develop social and moral capital, ensuring our pupils are all nice people to know whilst ensuring they achieve the best GCSE results possible. We also have our own on-site sixth form, providing us with the opportunity to train teachers from Key stage 3 right to Key Stage 5. Our sixth form has some of the best results in the area, with a value added score of 0.2 and 96% of pupils going to a University of their choice in summer 2017. We are excited to begin our working relationship with GORSE Academies Trust and their SCITT programme.
Since becoming part of The GORSE Academies Trust, Bruntcliffe Academy has gone from strength to strength. The GCSE results of 2016 show a ...Read More
Since becoming part of The GORSE Academies Trust, Bruntcliffe Academy has gone from strength to strength. The GCSE results of 2016 show a positive Progress 8 score placing the school in the top 45% of schools in the country having been placed in the bottom 5% of the country for the previous 3 years. This is a significant improvement in our first year of operation and makes Bruntcliffe Academy one of the most rapidly improving schools locally, regionally and nationally. This has been achieved through ensuring that standards of behaviour are high across all subject areas and around school. The academy has invested heavily in providing high quality and personalised development opportunities for all staff ensuring that teaching is at the heart of everything we do. Leaders work in close collaboration with colleagues from across the Trust to ensure that the very best practice is shared.
Our staff body is a dedicated team of teachers and support colleagues, all of whom play their part to ensure students are happy, safe and successful. A significant number of that staff have been trained by GORSE SCITT.
Cockburn John Charles Academy
Cockburn John Charles Academy is an 11-16 inner city secondary converter academy and the newest member of the Cockburn Multi-academy Trust. The Academy ...Read More
Cockburn John Charles Academy is an 11-16 inner city secondary converter academy and the newest member of the Cockburn Multi-academy Trust. The Academy provides education to approx. 900 students and is based in the inner-south region of Leeds. The proportion of students eligible for pupil premium funding is significantly higher than the national average as is the number of students who have English as an additional language.
On the 1st April 2018 the South Leeds Academy formally converted to Cockburn John Charles Academy. The students and teaching staff have been working under the banner of Cockburn John Charles Academy since September 2017, but this official re-brokerage has enabled the academy to make rapid progress on the journey toward securing outstanding outcomes for all pupils.
Cockburn John Charles Academy will provide an excellent environment for children to develop as learners and to grow as individuals. The school is dedicated to blending academic excellence with a richness of opportunity beyond the classroom. High standards of teaching combine with opportunities for independent study to create an intellectual curiosity in students that stays with them for life. A diverse and rigorous curriculum means there is a constant drive for students to fulfil, or exceed, their academic and intellectual potential.
Cockburn School is a larger than average sized 11 to 16 inner city secondary converter academy which is a member of the Cockburn ...Read More
Cockburn School is a larger than average sized 11 to 16 inner city secondary converter academy which is a member of the Cockburn Multi-academy Trust. It is described by the Department for Education as a school that works in ‘challenging circumstances’. The proportion of pupils eligible for pupil premium is significantly higher than the national average.
Since 2008, the school has made significant improvements under the Headteacher David Gurney’s vision of ‘Transformation to Excellence’. This programme was recognised by Ofsted in 2014 who noted that it had led to ‘wide-ranging improvements’ and as a consequence ‘the school is now heavily over-subscribed reflecting the high regard in which it is held by many parents’. The school is the second most over-subscribed school in Leeds.
Pupils at Cockburn School have a track record of making excellent progress. In 2014 the school’s Value Added Score of 1043 placed them in the top 4% of schools for progress (the previous year the school was in the top 1%). The school’s 2016 Progress 8 score of 0.38 is above average and demonstrates continuous improvement in a complex new educational landscape.
Elliott Hudson College
Elliott Hudson College will change the face of education for thousands of students as they move into Post-16 education across our city. ...Read More
Elliott Hudson College will change the face of education for thousands of students as they move into Post-16 education across our city. We are immensely proud of our vision which seeks to ensure that this college successfully prepares able and hardworking students who are ambitious for the future for attendance at some of the best universities in the world. We are determined to show through Elliott Hudson College that poverty and deprivation should in no way limit either the quality of a young person’s educational experience or the levels of achievement to which those students are able to rise. As a strategic partner in The Leeds Teaching School Alliance, Elliott Hudson College enjoys professional standards and expectations which are exemplary. It also benefits from a recruitment profile which has a national reputation. Indeed, our mission statement stands as our cornerstone: ‘Dare to achieve beyond what you are today’.
Hillcrest Academy is a friendly, vibrant two form entry primary academy in Chapeltown, Leeds with over 400 children aged 3 to 11. We ...Read More
Hillcrest Academy is a friendly, vibrant two form entry primary academy in Chapeltown, Leeds with over 400 children aged 3 to 11. We have a strong ethos of inclusion, encouraging all our children to be confident and caring of themselves and those around them. We set high standards of respect, hard work and achievement for all adults. We are constantly striving to provide our children with the best possible education and opportunities in every way.
At Hillcrest our aim is to foster a love of learning and develop enquiring minds; enable all our children to overcome barriers and reach their full potential; ensure that our children value themselves as unique individuals, celebrating diversity and respecting differences and to work together as a community to enable all our children to develop as responsible citizens.
Education is a partnership between home and school and we place a great deal of emphasis on our partnership with parents. We believe that children learn best when home and school work together. Hillcrest Academy is one of the most vibrant Primary school you could wish to encounter, this was rightly recognised in its “Outstanding” rating from OFSTED.
Middleton Primary School
At Middleton Primary School we are responsible for building our children’s self-esteem – building their overall sense of self-worth. The greater their self-esteem, ...Read More
At Middleton Primary School we are responsible for building our children’s self-esteem – building their overall sense of self-worth. The greater their self-esteem, then the greater their confidence and the more likely they are to engage with the curriculum. We believe in growing hearts and minds. We achieve this by:
- Providing high quality education, which meets the needs of all our learners.
- Ensuring our children have the right to a caring, safe and welcoming environment, where everyone feels valued and where all members of the school community have the opportunity to fulfil their full potential.
- Promoting rights and responsibilities. The right to a quality education. Teaching children that they are responsible for taking advantage of the opportunities that are available to them.
- Providing a high quality, stimulating and relevant curriculum, that meets the needs of every child.
- Welcoming all pupils and providing the best experience for them, regardless of race, religion, gender, culture and sexual orientation.
Morley Newlands Academy
Morley Newlands Academy a welcoming and friendly school with over 600 children aged from 3-11 situated close to the centre of Morley in ...Read More
Morley Newlands Academy a welcoming and friendly school with over 600 children aged from 3-11 situated close to the centre of Morley in south Leeds. We are committed to ensuring that all children leave our school with the skills they require to make a positive contribution to society. Our staff team are approachable, committed and demonstrate a real enthusiasm for learning.
At Morley Newlands we recognise that a child’s time at primary school is short and only happens once so we passionately believe that we must make every second of it count. All of our staff have a shared vision to be a school that puts children’s lives and futures at the centre of everything we do. We have high expectations of ourselves and our children and strive to ensure they are given the best possible start.
The fundamental aim of our school is to embed a love of learning in all of our children that will stay with them for life. We will do this by removing barriers, identifying and releasing potential and creating curious minds. Our curriculum underpins these aims by ensuring we:
- Celebrate and embrace diversity and difference
- Support and guide our children
- Provide our children with a range of learning opportunities
We recognise the crucial importance of a three-way partnership between school, children and parents/carers and endeavour to build positive relationships to ensure that all of our children reach their full potential. A successful partnership depends on close co-operation, support and trust between home and school and recognition that we have a shared responsibility.
Richmond Hill Academy
Richmond Hill Academy is a three-form entry school (630 places) with a 52-place nursery and Rainbow Base, a Resource Provision for children with ...Read More
Richmond Hill Academy is a three-form entry school (630 places) with a 52-place nursery and Rainbow Base, a Resource Provision for children with complex communication needs.Our school is very proud to be part of the GORSE Academies Trust. We have a dedicated staff, each one of whom is committed to securing the very best for the children in our care. We feel very fortunate to work with the children at RHA and we are excited by the journey the school is on. Our vision for our pupils is clear: we believe that every child who attends our school deserves an outstanding education, which will enable them to succeed at primary school and beyond. This is our unwavering aim and one that we will work relentlessly to achieve. We know that children flourish and learn best when there is a successful partnership between home and school. We place a great deal of importance on the relationship with parents and carers; we are committed to building relationships which are built on trust, mutual respect, effective communication and support.
Ryecroft Academy is a two form entry primary school in the heart of the community of Farnley, West Leeds. Our school motto summarises ...Read More
Ryecroft Academy is a two form entry primary school in the heart of the community of Farnley, West Leeds. Our school motto summarises our ethos and objectives very well:
GROW, DEVELOP, BRANCH OUT
We give children the very best start in life, with the solid foundations of an excellent education and the highest standards of care and welfare; allowing them to GROW into confident, resilient and hardworking young people. Our Positive Discipline system means that children are rewarded for ‘doing the right thing’ and thrive on this recognition.
We give children a wide variety of learning opportunities both within the school day and through wide ranging extra-curricular activities; allowing them to DEVELOP and find learning that excites and interests them, in a vibrant and engaging atmosphere. As well as an emphasis on basic Literacy and Mathematics, children learn through fun and exciting themes. Computing, Modern Foreign Languages, Physical Education and the Arts are also seen as very important and children’s individual interests and talents are nurtured.
Finally, we give the children ‘wings’ so that they are resilient learners, ready to BRANCH OUT into the world of secondary education and beyond; with a thirst for learning that will hopefully remain with them throughout their lives!
Central to our ethos is our relationship with parents and the community. We recognise that education, when operating at its best, has this partnership at its heart
As part of The GORSE Academies Trust we are committed to providing the best standards of education and welfare for every child; no matter what their background or circumstance. We passionately believe that every child has the right to succeed and we do all that we can to facilitate this.
The Farnley Academy
The mission of The Farnley Academy is a simple yet powerful one – to create a school which is free from cynicism and ...Read More
The mission of The Farnley Academy is a simple yet powerful one – to create a school which is free from cynicism and unwilling to put limits on what young people can achieve. Indeed, the academy wishes to empower young people with the means to bring about positive change in their own lives through the choices they make and to take responsibility for the future. It is to this end that teachers and other professionals work tirelessly for the benefit of our young people not only to promote engagement in learning but also in social, moral, spiritual and cultural development.
In five years, the fortunes of the academy have been transformed with the percentage of students gaining five or more GCSEs at grades A*-C including English and mathematics rising sharply from 32% to 73%. In 2014, 84% of students made or exceeded expected progress in English and 85% in mathematics. This is an enormous achievement, placing the academy amongst the very best schools in the country.
In December 2013 the excellence of the academy was recognised by Ofsted who judged The Farnley 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 the academy website. We are proud too to have been recognised as a World Class School.
Teaching and learning are at the heart of the academy’s work. Lessons at The Farnley Academy are highly personalised. Teachers are very aware of what students of different abilities must do to achieve as well as they possibly can and use their assessment data with great precision to tailor tasks to different abilities. Students are very clear what they must do to be 'even better', because this is always stated to them by teachers.
Visitors to the academy always comment on how welcoming and friendly the school is. Each year, the academy welcomes significant numbers of trainee teachers to the academy via strategic partnership with GORSE SCITT.
The Morley Academy
The GORSE SCITT “Lead School” is The Morley Academy which benefits from being a part of the nationally renowned The GORSE Academies Trust ...Read More
The GORSE SCITT “Lead School” is The Morley Academy which benefits from being a part of the nationally renowned The GORSE Academies Trust led by our Executive Principal, Sir John Townsley. High standards and expectations are non-negotiable for all and achieved through the correct application of the Positive Discipline Policy. Within the environment this creates, students are able to learn freely without low level disruption eroding precious time. Their confidence is built; they are rewarded for their efforts and are able to feel a keen sense of pride.
In March 2009 we were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ by OFSTED and in May 2013 we were re-designated as Outstanding in all aspects of our provision. We would encourage you to read a copy of the Inspection report to give you a sense of the remarkable things that take place in the academy on a daily basis. Morley Academy provides a world class experience for all students both inside and outside the classroom. Results have continued to be outstanding and the results from the most recent summer examination series have placed the academy, once again, amongst the top performing schools nationally in terms of progress. Furthermore, in December 2016 The Morley Academy was officially recognised as ‘World Class’ and was awarded the World Class Schools’ Quality Mark Award; this is prestigious award which has currently only been awarded to 48 secondary schools nationally.
The Ruth Gorse Academy
The Ruth Gorse Academy is an exceptional school, delivering high quality education for each and every student. At the Academy we prepare young ...Read More
The Ruth Gorse Academy is an exceptional school, delivering high quality education for each and every student. At the Academy we prepare young people for an ever-changing world that values self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals. To achieve this we provide education relevant to the 21st Century that emphasises traditional standards of uniform, discipline and respect.
September 2016 brought the third year of our operation and our move to our permanent academy site. Designing and creating an academy that works for its students and staff and will stand the test of time has been an incredible privilege to be a part of for the staff, students and myself. We are delighted to be based within our community and see ourselves as an important part of the regeneration of the south Leeds.
For us it is vital that we work in partnership with our parents and carers, we recognise that you are the biggest influence on a young person and we want to utilise this partnership to support every young person’s development. If, like us, you are passionate about ensuring your children receive an outstanding education please contact us and arrange to visit the academy.
With excellent facilities and high quality teaching, the students at The Ruth Gorse Academy are happy, challenged, motivated and supported to achieve beyond what they are today. Together, the staff and students create a vibrant engaging school.
Whitcliffe Mount School
Whitcliffe Mount provides the ideal environment for students to reach their potential in all areas. All staff expect high standards of achievement, behaviour, ...Read More
Whitcliffe Mount provides the ideal environment for students to reach their potential in all areas. All staff expect high standards of achievement, behaviour, attendance, punctuality and appearance from all our students. Achievements are celebrated by rewarding hard work and positive attitudes towards learning and behaviour through house points, postcards, certificates, assemblies and awards events.
We actively encourage our students to develop teamwork, creativity, positive thinking, independence and reflective skills through our 'We Are Whitcliffe' skills and House Activity events. Alongside this we ensure our students develop confidence and responsibility promoting a love of learning and are ready for the wider world of education and work when they leave school.