It is my pleasure to welcome you to our website for Boston Spa Academy. Our school website is a place where students, parents and prospective parents can access a wealth of information about the school as well as providing you with a sense of what life is like in one of the highest achieving schools in Leeds and across the country.

In September 2018, Boston Spa Academy officially joined the highly successful and nationally renowned GORSE Academies Trust (TGAT), however, we had already been working in close partnership with colleagues from the Trust for the 18 months prior to becoming part of the Trust. As a direct impact of working with colleagues at TGAT the academy has moved from being a school with average performance to one which is now well above the national average. Boston Spa Academy is now amongst the highest performing schools in Leeds, the Yorkshire and Humber region and the country.

Having been judged by Ofsted to be a ‘Good’ school in 2012 and 2015, we agreed that it was our priority to be judged to be an ‘Outstanding’ school at the first opportunity. The driving force behind our decision to join The GORSE Academies Trust was to secure the future of our school as one which will be ‘Outstanding’ rather than ‘Good’. We chose The GORSE Academies Trust as their values dovetailed with those of our school and because they had a track record of working with schools to develop outstanding provision. The Trust has an unprecedented six ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted reports across all three phases as well a seventh for teacher training. We are an ambitious academy but never complacent. We work incredibly hard in genuine partnership across the Trust which is integral to our ongoing success; we passionately believe that only through collaboration and learning together are we able to deal effectively with the ever-changing educational landscape and prepare young people for an ever changing world.

As part of The GORSE Academies Trust, Boston Spa Academy is in the vanguard of educational developments in Leeds, Yorkshire and on a national level. As a result of our work, students who attend Boston Spa Academy benefit significantly by attending a school which provides:

  • A safe and happy environment in which to learn;
  • Exceptional standards of behaviour, self-discipline and personal organisation;
  • Brilliant and innovative teaching, every day;
  • An exciting and engaging array of learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom;
  • Opportunities for students to develop leadership and independent learning skills;
  • A track record of performance at the highest level.

As you would expect, our curriculum provides students with a personalised learning experience.  Our Key Stage 4 programme of study commences in Year 9 and whilst the English Baccalaureate (E-Bacc) will be the qualification of choice for most of our students, our curriculum remains comprehensive and inclusive. We are most certainly not driven by politics but by doing the right thing for our young people.  As an organisation, working within The GORSE Academies Trust, we utilise our national connections to ensure we stay abreast of educational policy and are well placed to ensure our learners thrive within the ever changing educational landscape.

Our staff body is a dedicated team of professionals, all of whom play their part to ensure students are happy, safe and successful. Our approach to discipline is based upon traditional values of hard work, self-discipline and respect. Alongside this we provide an excellent standard of pastoral care to ensure that students are well looked after and cared for.

We understand and recognise the enormous role that our parents and carers play in realising the true potential of all of our young people. Therefore, we will always seek to work in close partnership with you to support not only the young people who attend our academy but also to support, when appropriate, the entire family unit.

If you would like to find out more about our academy or would like to arrange an appointment to visit our academy so that you can see for yourself the exceptional work that is taking place, then please contact us.

We look forward to meeting you.

Adam Ryder
Principal