‘An education revolution’ at Bruntcliffe Academy

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Parents flooded to see what Bruntcliffe Academy had to offer at an event described by its Executive Principal as the “highlight” of his career.

Sir John Townsley attended the annual event at Bruntcliffe Academy as parents choose which high school to send their current Year six children to next September.

At Bruntcliffe, the main hall was packed with more than 450 parents, all eager to hear about the plans for the new school. A second talk was held later in the evening for a further 80 parents.

“This is the start of an education revolution,” Mr Townsley told parents. “Bruntcliffe Academy is now on a journey in which it will become an outstanding school.

“It is humbling to see so many parents and carers come to Bruntcliffe Academy’s open evening to see what we have to offer to their children. The atmosphere around the school is incredible and to see the hall packed with parents and carers is one of the highlights of my career.

“No longer will parents have to choose between “outstanding and “inadequate” schools for their children. All parents who choose Bruntcliffe Academy can do so in the knowledge that their children will receive the highest standards of education.”

Mr Townsley is the Executive Principal of The Gorse Academies Trust, which also includes Ofsted-graded “outstanding” high schools The Morley Academy and The Farnley Academy.

Parents also flooded to a careers fair held at Bruntcliffe Academy.

All pupils in Years 9 to 11 attended the event, which featured almost 50 organisations including Leeds University, Elliot Hudson College, West Yorkshire Police and Leeds City College.

Last summer, Bruntcliffe School closed and Bruntcliffe Academy opened in the same buildings. Exam results for this summer’s GCSEs increased from 34 per cent to 54 per cent - the highest rate of improvement of any school in Leeds.

Bruntcliffe Academy Principal, Anne-Marie Garnett, said: “It was a privilege to welcome so many parents and carers to the open evening and to the careers fair. We have the highest expectations of student achievement and excellent behaviour standards in the academy are now contributing to our success.”