Principal's welcome

Leanne Griffiths

Leanne Griffiths

Principal, John Smeaton Academy

On 1 September 2021 John Smeaton Academy joined The GORSE Academies Trust. When it did so the Ofsted ratings of previous years became formally a part of the past and its new, fresh-start future began, a future in which the students and community of John Smeaton Academy will work together in partnership to ensure our students achieve outcomes aligned with their top performing peers nationally. These outcomes will, in turn, give them access to progress into their chosen, high quality destinations in Education, Employment and further Training (EET) and ultimately to go on to study in some of the best universities in the world.

Why is it that I can be so confident that the above will be achieved? Well, within The GORSE Academies Trust we have proved, time and time again, that we are able to bring about the rapid transformation of a school for the benefit of its students and the community. Our established schools consistently dominate the top of the performance tables both regionally and nationally. Furthermore, students within the trust experience what we call an ‘Enrichment++’ offer that provides the opportunity to acquire a skillset that has previously only been afforded to students in the private sector and within this offer, students’ confidence and self-esteem flourish.

The trust’s Positive Discipline system, in place within all our 11-16 mainstream academies, gives rise to an outstanding climate for learning where students are able to engage fully in the awe and wonder of their lessons. Within each lesson students also experience the ‘Purple Zone’ which is a period in the lesson where students work independently on challenging content that supports their ability to develop resilience and assists in the crafting of the skillset which is needed to be successful in rigorous external examinations. Ultimately we are seeking for students to ‘Secure the Gift of Choice’, the Gift of Choice being their ability to choose their next steps at any point in their future rather than having avenues closed off to them as a result of a poor skillset or qualification suite.

The transformation of John Smeaton Academy into a recognised Ofsted Outstanding provider is one we know will take place over the course of the next three years. Although in its nascent stage the transformation will be rapid and significant for our students and the wider community. It is an exceptionally exciting time to become a part of what is taking place at John Smeaton: whether you are a potential student or parent/carer, or a potential employee, we would encourage you to contact us at [email protected] to make an appointment to look round our remarkable academy.

Mrs L Griffiths
Principal, John Smeaton Academy