Leeds academy praised by Ofsted

OFSTED JOY: Bruntcliffe Academy was rated 'good' by the education watchdog.
OFSTED JOY: Bruntcliffe Academy was rated 'good' by the education watchdog.
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A Leeds academy that was seemingly heading for closure has completed a remarkable recovery, with Ofsted inspectors full of praise for the turnaround.

Pupils and teachers at Bruntcliffe Academy are celebrating the success of their first inspection by Ofsted following its conversion to an academy in September 2015.

Ofsted rated Bruntcliffe as ‘good’ with inspectors rating Leadership, Teaching and Personal Development and Welfare as ‘outstanding’.

The school, once rated ‘inadequate’, became part of the highly-successful GORSE Academies Trust and has since made huge strides.

Sir John Townsley, Chief Executive Officer of GORSE Academies Trust, said: “This report is very significant for our community. Prior to the Trust’s involvement, Bruntcliffe school was not the provider of choice and there is little doubt 
the school was heading for closure.

“The community trusted The GORSE Academies Trust to change the fate of the school and the Ofsted report cements in stone that Bruntcliffe Academy is now thriving.”

The report said: “The very strong leadership of the principal, and other leaders, has contributed to improving standards of education over time. Also, pupils are very confident and self-assured learners.”

Bruntcliffe principal Adam Ryder said: “I have no doubt that with the excellent support of colleagues from The GORSE Academies Trust that Bruntcliffe Academy will become one of the highest-achieving schools in the country within two years.”