David Young Community Academy
|Motto||Building your career and community|
|Principal Designate||Mr. Paul Cooper|
|Local authority||City of Leeds|
The school is named after David Young (1931–2008) a former Bishop of Ripon. The academy is named in recognition of Bishop David Young's extensive work in education both nationally and in the Leeds area. The school was established on 18 September 2006 with pupils from Agnes Stewart Church of England High School and Braim Wood for Boys High School. Before the building of the Academy the largest secondary school in Seacroft was the nearby East Leeds High School (formerly Foxwood School), which was demolished in December 2009.
The school is divided into six houses: Brunel (after Isambard Kingdom Brunel); Da Vinci (after Leonardo da Vinci); Hadid (after Zaha Hadid); Hopper (after Grace Hopper); Telford (after Thomas Telford); and Whittle (after Frank Whittle).
DYCA is part of the LEAF (Love Enterprise Aspiration Faith) Academy Trust. The trust consists of primary and secondary academies and the Diocese of Leeds, who work together to serve local communities by providing innovative educational practice within traditional values.
The school's population in January 2008 was 920, with a sixth form of 65. At the same time the school had one of the worst attendance records in the country, and was 25th from the bottom for GCSE results.
In the last full Ofsted inspection of David Young Community Academy inspectors rated it inadequate in all four assessment criteria. Further to this they found that 'Leaders of the school and the academy trust have failed to fulfil legislative requirements relating to safeguarding and to health and safety'.
In a follow up inspection by Ofsted in May 2016 the lead inspector 'strongly recommend[ed] that the academy does not seek to appoint newly qualified teachers' to reflect the poor nature of the school's academic performance.
- David Young Community Academy School Prospectus
- Yorkshire Post 10 January 2008
- Yorkshire Evening Post 18 June 2009
- Letter 20 January 2008 from Ofsted