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Top of the class for ‘outstanding’ Leeds school

TOP MARKS: Beth Waller, along with Year 11 classmates looking on, and left, vice principals Rebekah Taylor, Scott Wilson, and right, principal John Ziltener.

TOP MARKS: Beth Waller, along with Year 11 classmates looking on, and left, vice principals Rebekah Taylor, Scott Wilson, and right, principal John Ziltener.

Education watchdogs have given a Leeds academy top marks to become one of the most improved schools in the country.

Ofsted officials rated Farnley Academy as ‘outstanding’ following a recent inspection.

GORSE Academies Trust took over the running of Farnley Park Maths and Computing College nearly two years ago in a bid to drive up standards.

Farnley Park Maths and Computing College was handed a Notice to Improve in 2010.

The school then received a Satisfactory inspection from Ofsted the following year and now the Academy is celebrating its latest success.

Ofsted inspectors recognised how rapidly the Academy has transformed.

They said: “Teaching across the academy in all subjects and in all years is outstanding.

“Inspectors observed many examples of inspirational teaching in English and in mathematics but also in other subject areas.”

“Standards are high by the time students leave the academy. Students make impressive rates of progress from their different starting points across all subjects.

“The local community and parents are wholly supportive of the school and justifiably proud of the academy’s considerable successes.”

Principal John Ziltener said: ‘I would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the realisation of this ambition. I consider myself privileged to lead such a dedicated, hard-working and innovative team of professionals.

“Our high standards and commitment to educational excellence have changed the fortunes of the community we serve.”

Chairman of The GORSE Academies Trust Board David Morgan added: ‘The transformation of The Farnley Academy is a superb example of how really effective partnerships can revolutionise the quality of education on offer to a community. The GORSE Academies Trust is delighted to have two Outstanding secondary schools and is actively involved in transforming Hillcrest Academy in Harehills.”

GORSE will open the largest free school in England, The Ruth Gorse Academy, in Leeds next year.

 

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