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“I took on the leadership of Gloucester Academy from September 2015. I am really excited about the opportunity of working closely with our students, our team of staff and with parents to accelerate our journey of improvement. My school leadership is all about an unshakeable belief that, through commitment and effort and great teaching, all children can succeed” Ian Frost, Principal


Primary and secondary schools within The White Horse Federation work closely together as a family of schools and benefit from National Teaching School status. Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training excellent new teachers. They identify and develop leadership potential; they provide support for other schools, and work with schools across their alliance to raise standards of teaching.


All of our students have been issued with a transparent pencil case, with scientific calculator (value £14) and basic stationery and equipment. This is expected on every desk in the academy and is part of our student responsibility for being prompt and organised for lessons. These are skills for future working life.

"Feeling proud to belong to our school is one of the hopes we have as parents for our children. There is a really strong culture of belonging at GA. One of our Yr11s wrote: “I’ve made new friends at GA from all around the world: Jamaica, Africa, Romania, Poland, Wales. They’re really interesting and thanks to them I’ve been able to improve as a person. Each of us are good in certain subjects and we work together too and that’s what GA is for: bringing people together to be successful.”

Believing that I can respond to and learn from feedback is part of the journey to being a mature adult. We are intent on developing this capacity in each of our learners: students and staff.
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The current principal has brought strong leadership to the school and his high ambitions for pupils have been transmitted throughout the school. There has been a transformation of culture through high expectations of leaders and teachers. Pupils are now making more rapid progress than in recent years.

The quality of teaching is improving and there is considerable good practice to build on. The academy has introduced a strong framework for what good and better teaching looks like. The improvement in students’ behaviour is marked.


ian frost webGloucester Academy is changing. Since I took on the leadership in September 2015, we’ve made some rapid and exciting improvements. Visitors often remark on the real step-change they’ve seen in expectations and ethos at the school. As a result, the number of applications to join us, both in Year 7 and at Sixth Form level has increased significantly.

Our school is a now a dynamic community committed to excellence in teaching, learning and personalised support. We want to inspire students to thrive at school and in the world. I am really excited about the opportunity of working closely with our students, our team of staff and with parents to continue and accelerate our journey of improvement.

We hope to give you a feel for what life is like at our Academy through our website. However, it is no substitute for seeing the school for yourself. If you would like to find out more or arrange a tour, please get in touch with our school office.

“My school leadership is all about an unshakeable belief that, through commitment, effort & great teaching, all children can succeed.”

Ian Frost




“We are a dynamic school community, engaged with Gloucester, where a commitment to excellence in teaching, learning and personalised support inspires students to thrive at school and in the world”

Learning At Gloucester Academy


Welcome Year 6 Students

On 7th and 8th July we welcomed our new year 6 students starting in September and who will be part of the GA family from 2016-2022! How exciting! During this time students took part in a range of fun–filled activities, with all of the year 7 staff, to ensure they felt prepared for the year ahead. All students left feeling part of the year 7 community. We wrapped up the two days of transition with a BBQ, where all parents were invited into the Academy to meet all staff. From start to finish the feedback from students, parents and carers was absolutely phenomenal.        


Sports Day

“Wednesday 6th July 2016 was a fantastic day for all of our students to participate in a range of sporting activities, ranging from bench ball in the morning to the athletics events in the afternoon. 2016 saw a huge number of students from all year groups taking part in each of the events, along with some very well organised sports captains who oversaw their teams before and during the actual day. The PE department would like to say a huge thank you to all the sports captains and all the staff who helped us to organise and run day. There were some fabulous individual athletic performances but equally important was the...
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Cheltenham Festivals’ First Story is back!

It’s been a phenomenal start to this year’s Cheltenham Festivals’ First Story at Gloucester Academy. In 2015, we published our first anthology of poetry, Inside Our Heads, and we are now lucky enough to have the opportunity to create a second anthology ready for 2017! For full story, please see our October newsletter.    


Top Students

In every lesson students are graded based on their effort and learning behaviour. 1 outstanding, 2 good, 3 needs improvement and 4 inadequate. Two weeks ago we put up framed pictures of our hardest working boys and girls based on these average scores throughout the whole of last year. Congratulations to our top boys and girls in every year group.  

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Sports Update October 2016

It’s been a great start to the Academic year in Sport not surprisingly helped by the gorgeous weather that has held out.The typically wet cross country was instead treated to a warm summers evening.
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