South Leeds: School set to become an academy by September

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A south Leeds school will be converted into an academy later this year.

Bruntcliffe School has announced plans to join forces with the GORSE Academies Trust, which oversees a number of academies across Leeds.

The school’s Interim Executive Board, which took control of Bruntcliffe in October, has said the plans will come into force in time for the September school term.

It is hoped that the school’s performance will improve as a result of joining the Trust, which also oversees Morley Academy.

The Trust’s executive principal Sir John Townsley, who was awarded an MBE earlier this year, said he was excited about the prospect of working with the school.

He said: “It is really important that all of the children of secondary age in the town of Morley have the opportunity to go to a great school.”

Bruntcliffe’s interim head teacher David Gurney said: “I look forward to working with Sir John Townsley and the GORSE Academies Trust and to setting out the course for a positive way forward for all the students at Bruntcliffe School.

“My role as executive headteacher will continue until the school has fully converted to an academy.”