For too many years, Ryecroft Academy failed to provide its pupils with Good let alone Outstanding education. In 2013 Ryecroft Academy’s predecessor school was classified as Inadequate by Ofsted and although we are pleased in May 2017 to have had the judgement raised to Requires Improvement, all of us recognise that the position was not good enough for our children as they were being prepared for the many challenges they will face in their life to come. During Ryecroft Academy’s earlier time within The GORSE Academies Trust we failed to ensure that leadership and teaching were good enough and this led to a lack of stability, having a negative impact on the quality of our work and speed of our improvement.
In March 2017, Helen Townsley was appointed as Principal and we are confident that a very committed and strong professional team is now in place at Ryecroft Academy. This team is ensuring that the academy is making rapid progress and deep rooted and sustainable improvements. We are now confident that the position of the school has been changed dramatically and that all parents and our wider community can be confident that every one of our children is safe, cherished, encouraged and brilliantly taught. The professional team wholeheartedly recognise that the children at Ryecroft Academy are wonderful and they deserve the very best. The team are eager to bring their own expertise whilst also being humble and prepared to learn from others, reaping the benefits of partnership as a trust.
Quite simply, it is our unwavering determination to ensure that our children enjoy access to Outstanding education from 3 to 18 years of age. We know that in The Farnley Academy that commitment is met in the secondary phase, and this is fulfilled in the Post 16 edition through Elliott Hudson College. Ryecroft Academy is swiftly becoming the final side of that equilateral triangle and, with our communities support, we are making that exceptional vision a working reality.
We are proud of the identity and unique character of the academy and hope this is successfully captured in our vision.