Welcome to John Smeaton Academy!
Here in East Leeds, our community is on an exciting journey of transformation and John Smeaton Academy is at the heart of that change, striving to provide exceptional educational opportunities for local families.
Since joining The GORSE Academies Trust in September 2021, a dedicated team of educationalists, led by our Chief Executive Officer, Sir John Townsley, and our Executive Principal 11-16, Mrs Griffiths, have been delivering a transformation of their own: raising attainment, attendance and aspirations.
As Chair of Governors, I’m delighted to be leading a Governing Body that brings a wealth of experience both within and outwith education, providing scrutiny and challenge to decision-making as ‘critical friends’. In our roles, individually and collectively, we have become active in the life of the academy, contributing to the overall strategic vision and improvement plans, as well as programmes that are intrinsic to and characteristic of a GORSE academy, such as the 100 per cent attendance club and Enrichment ++.
Together, we have high expectations of our pupils, overshadowed only by the aspirations we hold for their futures.
French novelist Victor Hugo wrote:
“He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life. The orderly arrangement of his time is like a ray of life which darts itself through all his occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the disposal of time is surrendered merely to the chance of incident, chaos will soon reign.”
At John Smeaton Academy, our staff work tirelessly to ensure that every pupil is prepared for the labyrinth of life. We leave nothing to the chance of incident. Our steadfast focus on standards and attainment, complimented by enrichment activities, gives our pupils a well-rounded education with a skillset they’ll need for further education and work. It is this focus that marks The GORSE Academies Trust out as the best-performing multi-academy trust in the region.
Finally, I know that choosing the right school for your child is a critical decision for any parent. You shouldn’t be forced to transport your child to a school miles away in order to access a good education. You want your child to attend a local community school on your doorstep, where standards of education are the highest they can be, so your child can leave school and enjoy a most busy life that is bursting with opportunity and fulfilment.
Here at John Smeaton Academy, we call this the ‘Gift of Choice’ and I’m delighted that you have chosen, or are in the process of choosing, to gift that opportunity to your child.
Councillor Ryan Stephenson
Chair of Governors