Welcome to John Smeaton Academy

I trust you will find it both interesting and informative and that whether you are a parent, student, teacher or indeed a resident in the community we serve, you will gain an insight in to our vibrant and friendly school. With almost 1,000 students between 11 and 18 we serve the communities on the eastern edge of Leeds and the villages on the city outskirts.

John Smeaton Academy is an improving school and these improvements are already visible to all stakeholders and visitors. This is a productive and engaging place of learning in a well-cared for, high tech building. Classrooms and corridors are calm and student behaviour is excellent, allowing teachers to teach, children to learn and make progress every day.

Surveys of student views consistently tell us, in overwhelming numbers, that they feel safe and happy in school. For us as staff and for parents and carers, that establishes a great platform from which children can reach and in many cases, exceed their potential.


John Smeaton is part of the United Learning Trust and a member of the Yorkshire cluster along with Barnsley Academy, Sheffield Park Academy and Sheffield Springs Academy. Our mantra is the ‘Best in Everyone’, which is underpinned by our core values of ambition, confidence, creativity, respect, enthusiasm and determination.

We set targets from the start that are highly aspirational to stretch and challenge our students. Alongside that however, we encourage them to embrace challenges and be resilient in the face of the inevitable anxieties and setbacks that come with learning new skills and knowledge. We believe that the intelligence of a child is not fixed but can be developed and grown.

In years 11 and 13, more students than ever are achieving examination results that open doors to the next stage in their lives, whether that is joining our Sixth Form, an Apprenticeship, or going to University.

If you would like a tour of the school whilst it is ‘in session’ I would be more than happy to take you round during the school day to visit lessons and speak with staff and students. Simply call the school to make an appointment.

We look forward to working with you as we continue to strive for academic excellence, bringing out the ‘Best in Everyone’

Thank you for your interest in our school and for taking the time to visit the John Smeaton Academy website.

Julian Snape



John Smeaton Academy is part of United Learning. United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538)
and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12.
Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.