The £28m Ruth Gorse Academy opens in Morley

Principal Rebekah Taylor with pupils at the new Academy. (d620c436)

Principal Rebekah Taylor with pupils at the new Academy. (d620c436)

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A £28m free school which will become the biggest of its kind in the country has flung open its doors for the very first time this week.

Ruth Gorse Academy, which will be based in the grounds of Morley Academy for two years, took its first batch of pupils in for teaching on Tuesday.

Principal Rebekah Taylor with pupils at The Ruth Gorse Academy. (d620g436)

Principal Rebekah Taylor with pupils at The Ruth Gorse Academy. (d620g436)

The new school will accommodate 95 Year 7 students for this academic year and will share some specialist facilities with Morley Academy, although it has been purpose-built with a separate entrance.

The school is named after a popular former PE teacher and volleyball player from what was then Morley High School, who died aged just 35 in 2007.

Rebekah Taylor, headteacher at the school said: “Today’s a very special day and there’s a massive buzz here.

“The Ruth Gorse Academy will be an exceptional school delivering quality education for each and every student.

“Our vision as a school is to put students at the heart of everything we want to achieve.

“Because of the new intake, our sole focus this year will be Year 7 students which gives them a unique opportunity.”

After two years at its temporary home the school plans to relocate to Hunslet with the first ever instalment of Year 7 pupils being offered the chance to design their new building.

Mrs Taylor added: “It is essential that students are involved and are able to make decisions about what their learning environment looks like.

“And because of Ruth and her success, what is also important is that we have volleyball spaces and facilities that are up to a national standard.”