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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





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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!

Principal's blog



Jack Morris is a good friend of my son and plays cricket in Gloucester Academy sports hall on a Thursday night with the Gloucester County squad. He says it is the bounciest surface he’s ever played on. He is only 15, but has strong arms and shoulders, a steady eye and his timing of the ball is sensational. He hits it a very long way and when he hits it, it stays hit. Jack plays against my son and they play for rival teams. Sam bowls and Jack bats. Jack’s master plan is to completely dominate Sam’s bowling and intimidate him so he wilts, bowls a loose delivery and then...
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Student's Blog



Hi there! I’m Fahad and currently a sixth form student at this school (Gloucester Academy). For my A-Level subject choices, I decided to study; Art, Psychology and Business. The selection of subjects may be quite odd and not go hand in hand but for the course I want to do at Uni, which is hopefully Fashion Buying and Marketing, they seem to be quite fitting. Being a student at this school for around eight years, I have witnessed A LOT of developments, adjustments and transformations in regards to the physical appearance, behavioural systems and educational approaches that the school has offered and implemented in thinking that it would benefit the...
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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


Remembrance Day Service

I was incredibly proud last week to see how superbly our students marked our Remembrance Day service. We held a service for all of the academy community, organised by Rev Chris Blockley, and attended by many important visitors including the Lord Lieutenant Dame Janet Trotter. Not only did we hold an amazing 2 minutes’ silence, but together we were able to mark and give thanks for those who have given their lives for peace. We were also able to recognise those in our school family who have been involved in peacekeeping operations across the world, including one of our Teaching Assistants Chris Massey. It was a poignant and thoughtful moment...
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Children In Need Day

On Friday last week we held a non-uniform for Children in Need which was a great way to raise money and think about others. It also helped celebrate how much our children and students feel that they are believed in and trusted now to have fun and be responsible. So far we have raised an amazing £441 for Children In Need. Well done to everyone!


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


Sixth Form Alumni off to University!

The past few weeks have been an exciting time for us as well as a number of our alumni as they have headed off for their first term at university.  Currently, we have a number of students at a variety of institutions including: Jesse Humphries – Degree in Sports Therapy at Cardiff Metropolitan University Alicia Burznyska – Foundation Degree in Biomedical Science at Anglia Ruskin Hannah Roberts – Degree in Art at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College Dan Walker – Undisclosed Degree at Aberystwyth Luke Hayward – Degree in Sport and Geography at the University of Worcester   We also have a number of students on gap years intending to...
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