The Ruth Gorse Academy will, as its central mission, focus on ensuring that young people currently living in the inner south part of Leeds city centre enjoy access to a truly inspirational secondary academy. It will be a large academy of 1500 students and will mirror in its aspirations, standards and size The Morley Academy which is an outstanding institution. We are determined to show through the establishment of this free school that poverty and deprivation should in no way limit either the quality of a young person’s educational experience or the levels of achievement to which those students are able to rise. As a strategic partner in The Leeds Teaching School Alliance The Ruth Gorse Academy will establish professional standards and expectations which are exemplary. It will also benefit from a recruitment profile which has a national reputation.
Our mission statement sums up the aspiration of our application: ‘Dare to achieve beyond what you are today’. We take our inspiration from a beloved member of our teaching community at The Morley Academy who tragically died at just 32 years of age and who was an enormously important figure in The Morley Academy’s journey from inadequacy to exceptional levels of performance.