The GORSE Academies Trust
Leeds, United Kingdom
About The GORSE Academies Trust
The GORSE Academies Trust has an increasingly well-known reputation for changing the deal for children and young adults who come from some of the most impoverished parts of the country. Our central mission is to ensure that we play a significant role in removing the stubborn link between poverty and academic underperformance. Consequently, our students and our professionals are in the vanguard of the national drive which seeks to prove that where teaching is excellent, leadership inspiring and behaviour standards exemplary all children excel regardless of background.
Because of the trust’s reputation, we are also seeing the development of a new approach to academisation which is bringing already strong and successful schools forward to convert as new partners within The GORSE Academies Trust. Those schools recognise the enormous advantage that comes from belonging to a network of excellence in both leadership and teaching, and we as a trust recognise that there is much to be gained when great organisations are brought together.
WE AS A TRUST RECOGNISE THAT THERE IS MUCH TO BE GAINED WHEN GREAT ORGANISATIONS ARE BROUGHT TOGETHER
Our final aim is to challenge the underperformance of other schools and academies through the excellence of our own work. In particular, we have sought to do this through taking advantage of the free school’s programme and our trust will continue to look to develop new schools and to sponsor already existing schools in areas of significant educational under performance. We believe that all great organisations have a role to play in agitating the system.
We have been determined to build slowly, and to manage our expansion and development as a trust in a manner which minimises risk and ensures the continuing excellence of academies within our group. We are of the view that The GORSE Academies Trust is close to establishing a national model of excellence which could and probably will be replicated right across the country. This model is built upon a form of intimate and devoted partnership which succeeds only through a geographical proximity which fosters the building of excellent relationships across student, professional, parental and leadership networks.
WE ARE OF THE VIEW THAT THE GORSE ACADEMIES TRUST IS CLOSE TO ESTABLISHING A NATIONAL MODEL OF EXCELLENCE
Critical to that structure is our School Centred Initial Teacher Training (GORSE SCITT) which opened in September 2015 and was judged by Ofsted to be Outstanding in all areas in November 2017. It is our view that the great system leaders of the next decade will be great because of the quality of their teacher training which includes the training of brilliant new entrants to the profession. This will see teaching returning to a position whereby the most important single quality that we will hope to find in all teachers is a passion and love for their subject and a determination to share that love with young people, regardless of background.
Our SCITT is led through The Morley Academy’s Teaching School status. We are also very proud of the other areas of Teaching School status which are being driven by our second Teaching School, The Farnley Academy which has a particular focus on school to school support and research and development. Over the course of the next two years we expect to be producing research papers which have an influence on national educational policy development.
You can find out more about us, our values and people at www.tgat.org.uk.
Sir John Townsley - Chief Executive Officer.