Pupils benefit from trust’s ambitions
HOLMLEIGH Park High School opened in June 2019, following the decision of Beaufort Cooperative Academy to join the Greenshaw Learning Trust.
Located in Tuffley, the school is proud to offer a comprehensive education to students from Gloucester and the surrounding area.
The school’s ambition is to become one of the best-performing schools in the South West, and in the few months since becoming Holmleigh Park, it has made impressive progress towards this goal.
A new headteacher has been appointed, and an insistence upon high standards of uniform and behaviour has already begun to transform the culture of the school, so much so that the school encourages prospective parents to visit on any day, without an appointment, to see the changes for themselves.
A challenging new curriculum has been introduced. As well as being stretched with complex and demanding concepts in lessons, students read challenging classic literature every day in form time, so that they can compete with their peers at top independent schools and have the best possible chance of success at GCSE and A level.
The school also believes that to be successful, students must leave school as wellrounded individuals, and so all students are expected to engage with the wide range of extracurricular activities at the school.
Performing arts facilities include a theatre and a large number of music practice rooms, while Holmleigh Park’s Sports Centre boasts a swimming pool, gym and a full-size indoor basketball court, along with a number of grass pitches and hard courts outside.
Football, netball, rounders, cricket, athletics and rugby are all popular, with several teams in each year group, and a number of former students going on to represent their country in recent years.
The outdoor education curriculum is expanding, with a range of residential trips and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award on offer. » What is the Greenshaw Learning Trust? The Greenshaw Learning Trust has been working in Gloucestershire for the past three years, and has been credited with quickly transforming its schools.
These include Five Acres High School in the Forest of Dean (formerly Lakers School), Henley Bank High School in Brockworth (formerly Millbrook Academy), and Yate Academy.
All three recorded their best ever results this year, with results which would have put them top of all non-selective schools in Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire and Bristol in last year’s league tables.