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ian frost webWelcome to Gloucester Academy. 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





I moved from King’s Oak Academy in Bristol, part of the Cabot Learning Federation of schools, where I was Principal for 4 years. This academy has rapidly improved, was judged GOOD by Ofsted and is now significantly oversubscribed. I have seen at first hand how working within a family or Federation of schools can drive up standards and make a difference to the lives of children. Previously I was Deputy Headteacher at Highworth Warneford School in Swindon I was part of the team which led the school to become “outstanding”. In my work in Swindon I worked with Mr Colledge, Secondary Director of The White Horse Federation and GA Interim Principal, and who will continue to work closely with me and the team of staff at GA, to support our students.

I believe that our schools should first and foremost be about providing high-quality teaching so that all of our children can realise their potential. We aspire for teaching to be carefully and personally crafted to each class and each child. I and my team of senior staff will spend a great deal of time in lessons ensuring that students are working well and are making strong progress. A strong team of high-quality middle leaders will work closely with teams of teachers and support staff in the relentless pursuit of excellence in all that we do. Gloucester Academy is now supported by the nationally recognised Multi Academy Trust, The White Horse Federation and associated Teaching Schools. This will make a key contribution to the lives of our staff and children.

My role is to create a strong and positive ethos where good behaviour matters and is rewarded. As a parent of two boys, I want them to enjoy school, and as a Principal I have the same desire! My experience is that young people want to do well at school and our visitors say that behaviour in Gloucester Academy is impressive. The quality of relationships is a hallmark of the academy, and the support structure for students enables many children to achieve what before seemed impossible. We value a smart uniform because we know that students who present themselves well also take pride in their education. I expect myself and my team of staff to know all of our children personally, value their contributions and support them in their aspiration to make strong academic and personal progress. We recruit teaching and support staff who model this approach in their work and I expect them to go the extra mile in supporting and stretching our students. Our new house system means that children feel part of the Academy family.

We are proud of the international feel of the academy, and our local community links are also really important to us. Our New Basics curriculum in Yr7 has strong links with developing countries, and we also support local charities each year. We aspire to be a global school at the heart of our local community. We have strong links with a range of our partner primary schools, and this helps our Year 6 students make a smooth transition. Through our website, I hope you will gain a feeling of the Academy and the support that we give to every individual student. I want this Academy to be the best that we can be for all of our children, and through a strong programme of continuous improvement we are achieving this.
If you are interested in visiting us then simply contact the Academy office for us to arrange a tour. We would love to hear from you!

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Our Core Purpose

This weekend my oldest son Harry went to University to begin his course in music, specialising in piano. It was a BIG weekend for the family. There were mixed emotions – a great sense of the start of a new adventure for an 18 year old and a moment in time, but of course tinged with sadness for Mum and Dad as son number 1 moves away from home for the first time. I am now sat typing in his empty room, missing him already! It has made me reflect on what we want for our children and what I want as a Principal for all of our students at...
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“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



Learn from feedback

We learn to believe in ourselves and in one another, in who we are, in what we do; in our work, rest and leisure; in serving the world. We grow in awareness of ourselves, others, the school and local community, the UK and the world. We see feedback as our friend, learning how to give and receive positive and constructive feedback so that we grow. Read More


Becoming an outstanding learner

Nothing worth having comes easily so we accept the need to work hard to progress to achieve our full potential. We work with the personalised support on offer at the school. We commit to work excellently as an independent learner, in our work with students and with staff. We strive to produce our best work at all times in and outside the classroom, in every area of school life, and in engaging with the local community and with the world. Read More


Achieve our full potential

With a sense of belonging, a belief in ourselves and in what we are doing, with confidence in others, and striving for excellence, we achieve our full potential at school and in life. We take responsibility for ourselves, our progress and our achievements, working alone, with other students and staff to achieve all we are capable of. We persevere and never give up. Read More

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Gloucester Academy, Painswick Road, Gloucester GL4 6RN

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