Message from the Executive Headteacher

It gives me great pleasure and a sense of pride to welcome visitors to the website for Cockburn John Charles Academy. Nelson Mandela said that: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” I am confident that the academy’s ‘Learning for Life’ motto fits well with this and I believe that every Cockburn MAT student has the potential to do just that.

On the 1st April 2018 the South Leeds Academy formally converted to Cockburn John Charles Academy. The students and teaching staff have been working under the banner of Cockburn John Charles Academy since September, but this official re-brokerage will allow us the fresh start that will enable us to make rapid progress under our journey toward securing outstanding outcomes for all of our pupils.

Cockburn John Charles Academy will provide an excellent environment for children to develop as learners and to grow as individuals. In a world which places ever greater demands on young people, it is vitally important that the schools of the 21st Century provide a broad and rich education to prepare students for the challenges they will face in their lives. We are dedicated to blending academic excellence with a richness of opportunity beyond the classroom. High standards of teaching combine with opportunities for independent study to create an intellectual curiosity in our students that stays with them for life. A diverse and rigorous curriculum means we are constantly able to drive students to fulfil, or exceed, their academic and intellectual potential.

To support our journey of transformation to excellence we emphasise the importance of promoting, celebrating and recognising achievement in all its many forms. We believe in the concept of partnership, working together with parents/carers, governors and the community to ensure that every student fully participates in academy life – supporting the academy in its vision of offering the very best in educational opportunities.

We have a committed team of teachers and support staff who go the extra mile for students and work with them to demonstrate the Values and Expectations of the school.

The enormous range of extra-curricular activities ensures that each student can grow and develop wherever their interests and talents may lie. The educational trips, visits, tours and work in the community give further evidence of the breadth of our curriculum.

Our vision of ‘Transformation to Excellence’ focuses on a relentless drive to continue to improve and excel in all areas.

Mr D Gurney