Executive Principal’s Welcome

I am delighted to welcome you to the website for The Ruth Gorse Academy which provides key information about our school which opened in September 2014. The Ruth Gorse Academy is an exceptional school, delivering high quality education for each and every student. At the Academy we will prepare young people for an ever-changing world that values self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals.

The GORSE Academies Trust 

The GORSE Academies Trust is a not-for-profit charity whose driving energy is centred around creating exceptional schools in areas of deprivation within the Leeds city region. We have built our reputation on intimate partnership, setting standards of excellence and achieving rates of improvements which have received national attention. We remain a small partnership with two further secondary academies.

Vision and ethos 

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.

The Board 

Our board is made up of seven members who, in the initial formation of The Ruth Gorse Academy, will constitute its Governing Body. The Chair of that Governing Body will be Mr Terry Elliott who is himself a National Leader of Governance and a highly respected and experienced Chair. The board also enjoys a range of expertise including representatives from the business community, health care, the legal profession and educational expertise.