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. Since September 2011 Sir Nick Weller has been executive principal. Shirley Watson is the principal.[2]

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], briefly by film composer Benson Taylor, before dropping out in 6th Form,[citation needed] and Moin Ashraf[citation needed], who is in the Yorkshire cricket 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.


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