“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
TEACHING SCHOOL STATUS
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.
EQUIPMENT AT GA
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.”
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.
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