Mission to make Morley school best in region

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A troubled school is preparing to close and re-open under the control of a not-for-profit educational trust.

Bruntcliffe School will become Bruntcliffe Academy from the September term after it is taken over by the GORSE Academies Trust group of schools.

Miss Anne-Marie Garnett and Mr Adam Ryder outside Bruntcliffe School.

Miss Anne-Marie Garnett and Mr Adam Ryder outside Bruntcliffe School.

The move follows a turbulent 12 months which saw changes of leadership at the school, on Bruntcliffe Lane, Morley, after disappointing GCSE results last summer.

Anne-Marie Gannet, who previously ran Morley Academy, which is also part of the GORSE Trust, took over as principal at Bruntcliffe in June.

She said: “This is a tremendously exciting time for everyone connected with the school.

“Our ambition is to make Bruntcliffe one of the best schools in the region.”

Miss Gannet said the GORSE Academies Trust had transformed other under-performing schools.

She said: “Bruntcliffe Academy will also become a good, and then an outstanding school.

“Children are at the centre of everything we do, and they deserve the best education possible.”

Last September Leeds City Council brought in David Gurney, head at Cockburn High School in Beeston, Leeds, to work as an executive headteacher at Bruntcliffe.

He has now returned to Cockburn school.

The associate principal is Adam Ryder, who helped another of the trust’s schools, Farnley Academy in Leeds, move from Ofsted’s lowest rating of “inadequate” to “outstanding.”

Mr Ryder said: “At Bruntcliffe, we are offering the pupils and their parents and carers a deal.

“If the children come to school prepared to learn, we will ensure that we provide fantastic, engaging and well-planned lessons that meet the needs of every pupil.”