As Principal of Barnsley Academy, I am delighted to welcome you to our website. I hope that it provides you with all the information you need about the academy, but more importantly, gives an insight into life here and enables you to celebrate with us the achievements of our incredible students, families and staff.
In the ever-changing world of education, we believe in keeping things simple. Our goal is to provide the very best school at the heart of its community. To achieve this, we are committed to the provision of personalised support for all of our students, helping them to achieve all that they are capable of and fulfilling their aspirations. The academy is also driven by a desire to work with parents and carers to develop an environment which provides a truly holistic and inclusive approach, generating high expectations and standards at every level.
Our Academy is sponsored by United Learning – a group of schools and academies which aims to provide excellent education to all children and young people across the country. As a United Learning academy, we are able to work within a national network of successful schools and offer more than any single school could. Working collaboratively enables all of United Learning’s schools and academies to bring out “the best in everyone” – students, staff, parents and the wider community.
We are a rapidly improving school that places our students at the centre of everything we do - something praised by Ofsted in our last inspection. Our staff are exceptionally hardworking and dedicated to improving the life chances and choices for all of our students and, as Principal, it is a privilege to work with such dedicated professionals and amazing students.
This year will certainly be another busy and exciting one for us here at Barnsley Academy, as we continue to drive forward improvements and innovative practice, ensuring the provision on offer to our students is of the very highest standard. I am delighted to be working alongside our new Principal, Mr Steve Dixon, to contribute to the leadership of our academy, which now has real strength, depth and continuity.
With Mr Dixon’s arrival, over the next twelve months I will continue in my role as Executive Principal, whilst also providing some wider support to other schools within United Learning. I am extremely proud of the amazing progress we have made here at Barnsley Academy over the last two years and, whilst we are aware that there is still more to do in securing success for our students and the wider community, we remain firmly committed to making the ongoing delivery of improvement at the academy our number one priority.