CEO's Welcome

Sir John Townsley

Sir John Townsley

CEO, The GORSE Academies Trust

It is a pleasure and a privilege for me to welcome you to the website for John Smeaton Academy which became a part of The GORSE Academies Trust on 1 September 2021.

Like everyone connected to the John Smeaton community, I am fully aware that the school has not performed at an acceptable level in recent years and, as a consequence, has become less popular with families for a range of understandable reasons. We are absolutely determined to change this position and, through a combination of hard work, brilliant teaching, inspired leadership, the development of exciting opportunities for every child outside the curriculum and our partnership with you, our community, to create a school which is exceptional in every aspect of its work.

On a personal level the responsibility that we now have for John Smeaton Academy means a great deal to me. I began my own teaching career at what was John Smeaton Community High School in 1987 and, it is fair to say, that my career was built upon the expert guidance that I received from the great teachers who worked at the school at that time. I have always retained a great affection for the school and its community and am confident that together we will re-establish a school which is the pride of east Leeds.