Principal’s Welcome

Principal’s Welcome2018-10-12T10:33:48+00:00

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the website of Bruntcliffe Academy. The website is the place where students, parents and prospective parents/students can access a full range of information regarding one of the most rapidly improving schools in the country. Indeed, Bruntcliffe Academy is one of only three schools in the south of Leeds to be rated as Outstanding for Teaching and Learning by OFSTED, and we are proud to give you a taste of what life is like in our stimulating and enriching school.

Bruntcliffe Academy was welcomed into the fold of The GORSE Academies Trust in 2015 and since then has seen massive improvement in its work. Under the leadership and guidance of Sir John Townsley, the trust emphasises simple but important values: outstanding behaviour in classrooms, around school and in the community when our students proudly represent us; high academic expectations so that students may achieve to the best of their efforts and obtain for themselves the gift of choice in moving onto fulfilling Post-16 college courses, training and careers; enjoyment of learning through a sense of awe and wonder in their lessons and extra-curricular activities.

Since 2015 the school has transformed beyond recognition; where it was in the bottom 5% of schools nationally in 2015, by 2017 it was in the top 45% for Progress 8. The examination results for 2018 show a further significant shift in progress and attainment, and whilst currently awaiting validation, our results are likely to place us in the top 25% of schools nationally.

Bruntcliffe Academy is on the swell of a rising tide. Our students, their parents and our colleagues are committed to the mission of the academy and are conscious of taking part in a great transformation; one where they will be able to look back and reflect upon the contribution they have all made to the academy and the community in turn, not only in terms of academic achievement but also in terms of building an academy fit for the future. The mission is a very simple one: we seek to provide equal opportunity for students of all prior attainments, to encourage them to go beyond what they think they can achieve, to enjoy learning and to aspire to lead healthy and happy lives. To do this, we provide for them: safe, nurturing learning environments where they can contribute to discussion and work in silence on challenging material, to build resilience (the Purple Zone); opportunities for personal growth and enrichment (the Bruntcliffe Festival of Culture), student leadership, debate and public speaking (our Socratic Debate programme) and, as part of The GORSE Academies Trust, prioritised access to Elliott Hudson College, Ofsted rated Outstanding, and one of the leading academic Post-16 providers in the country.

We understand and celebrate the enormous role played by our parents and carers in furthering the education of our young people and we always seek to work in close partnership to support our families and the wider community.

Our staff body is a dedicated team of teachers and support colleagues who share the vision of social mobility. We have superb support and challenge from our governing body, of whom Mr Mark Walton is the Chair and also benefit greatly from the rich expertise and collaboration that exists within The GORSE Academies Trust, which includes our Outstanding (Ofsted, 2017) SCITT – Student Centred Initial Teacher Training provision (gorsescitt.org.uk).

Further to the exciting announcement made by Sir John Townsley at our Open Evening, I am delighted that we will be receiving £5.6million of funding to spend on improvements to the buildings and facilities at Bruntcliffe Academy.  I can confirm that the planned renovations of Bruntcliffe Academy would start at the earliest in two years’ time. The works would see extensive renovation of the roof and features including external cladding. Classroom and teaching space improvements would take place according to a calendar of works that would be scheduled to avoid term time where possible, and so minimise disruption to teaching.   The renovations and improvements will involve the work of our trust architects and also input from our students. It is important to us that they are given the opportunity to have a say in how their school both looks and feels.  I will be sure to keep you updated of the plans over the coming years.

If you would like to find out more about our academy or would like to arrange an appointment to visit so that you can see the fantastic work that is taking place, then please contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

David Craine
Principal