Dixons City Academy

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Dixons City Academy
Established 1990
Type Academy
Principal Shirley Watson
Founder Sir John Lewis
Location Ripley Street
West Yorkshire
England Coordinates: 53°46′50″N 1°45′26″W / 53.78056°N 1.75719°W / 53.78056; -1.75719
Local authority City of Bradford
DfE URN 130909 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1080
Gender Mixed
Ages 11–18
Website www.dixonsca.com

Dixons City Academy is an academy in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England. The school was originally founded in 1990 as Dixons City Technology College which focused on a specialism of Design and Technology and Product Design. In 2005, the school converted into an academy and changed its name to Dixons City Academy. With the change of name was a change of focus as the school became a specialist Performing Arts school which allows it to select 10% of admissions purely based on talent in this area. In 2007, the school received an "outstanding" Ofsted report.[1]

Founding principal Sir John Lewis retired from the school in 2006. Mr Nick Weller has been the principal and, in September 2011, became executive principal. Ms Shirley Watson has now taken on the role.[1]

The academy repeatedly performs well in Ofsted inspections and in the secondary education league tables.[citation needed]


The school was attended by Pop Idol runner-up Gareth Gates[citation needed], Film Composer Benson Taylor[citation needed] and current young cricket talent Moin Ashraf[citation needed], who is in the Yorkshire team.

Working with Jonathan Wilkes and his wife Nikki, Gates set up, with his wife Suzanne, the Gates and Wilkes Academy of Performing Arts, for young people from 5 to 18, in London and in his home town of Bradford, at the academy.[citation needed]

In 2008/2009, the school was the focus of a documentary series My First Year, in which pupils were followed during their first year at the school. According to the school, Channel 4 will return in the pupils' last year before the sixth form to present My Last Year.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Changes made to leadership at Dixons City Academy". Bradford Telegraph & Argus. 18 September 2001. Retrieved 25 September 2001. 

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