Garforth Academy

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Garforth Academy
Motto "Reaching for Excellence"
Established 1967[1]
Type Academy
Headmaster Andrew Woodhouse
Location Lidgett Lane
West Yorkshire
LS25 1LJ
Coordinates: 53°47′17″N 1°23′31″W / 53.78799°N 1.39196°W / 53.78799; -1.39196
DfE URN 136343 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Staff 70
Students 1,950 pupils
Ages 11–18

Garforth Academy (formerly known as Garforth Comprehensive School until September 1992 and Garforth Community College until November 2010) is a secondary school and sixth form for pupils aged 11–18 and is located on Lidgett Lane (B6137) in Garforth, West Yorkshire, England.

The school been awarded the Artsmark (2002), Investors in People Award, (2003), Schools Achievement Award, (2003), Education Extra award, (2001), Sportsmark, (2002) and Beacon School status (2003), and OFSTED described the school in 2010 (before it changed to academy status) as an "outstanding school".[2]

In literature[edit]

In the book The Modfather, David Lines describes his time at the school in the late 1970s and early 1980s in great detail. He described the school as looking like a cold hard slab of institutionalised concrete and, after leaving a leafy Nottinghamshire grammar school, described his shock on his first day of the pupils wearing 'menacing boots' and watching his classmates 'literally kicking seven shades out of each other'.[3]

Academic performance[edit]

As a result of improvements in the previous decade, the headteacher, Paul Edwards, received a knighthood in the New Year Honours 2009 for services to local and national education.[4] The school has since got a new headteacher, Andrew Woodhouse.

Notable alumni[edit]


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