Gloucester Academy

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Gloucester Academy
Painswick Road

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Coordinates51°50′44″N 2°13′27″W / 51.84549°N 2.22418°W / 51.84549; -2.22418Coordinates: 51°50′44″N 2°13′27″W / 51.84549°N 2.22418°W / 51.84549; -2.22418
Department for Education URN136199 Tables
PrincipalJonathon Heap (principal)
Age11 to 16

Gloucester Academy, was formed as a merger of Bishop's College a mixed CofE school and Central Technology College, a boys school, starting life on the site of the old Technology College located in Derby Road, Gloucester, England. It converted to an academy in September 2010. It educates 825 students aged 11 to 16.


Mrs H. Anthony took over the role of Headmistress from E. Cole in 2006. The incorporation of the Ninestiles Foundation, and Sir D. Hutt improved the school's reputation.[1] The Multi Use Games Area (M.U.G.A) sports facility was opened in 2007. The Central Technology College was closed in 2010 to make way for a new academy. The former Central Technology College building (located in Cotteswold Road) was used temporary as the academy site, until the new building was completed. In September 2013, the new building was completed and all academy operations were transferred on to the new site (now located on Painswick Road).[2] The building cost around £15 million to construct, but was almost cancelled on several occasions, as local residents were unhappy with possible light pollution and noise the new site would bring. However, after many negotiations, all parties were happy by December 2012 and construction began.[3]

As an academy, the school was previously part of the Prospects Academies Trust. The trust oversaw the introduction of a new headteacher 'Mr S Badat', who had worked in many challenging schools previously, for example The Essa Academy in Bolton. However, in May 2014 it was announced that the trust was to cease operations,[4] and Gloucester Academy formally joined the White Horse Federation in March 2015.[5][6]

On June 1st 2020, the academy was officially overtaken by Greenshaw Learning Trust.[7] It was Late January when the switch was prompted. Headteacher, Mr Paul Holroyd, was replaced by Mr Johnathan Heap.

High turnover of Headteachers[edit]

Gloucester Academy has had 13 Headteachers/Principals since opening in 2010. Some of these were substantive Principals whilst others were temporary post holders. This has led to a huge issue with stability at the academy, which has led to a lack of improvement and development as the academy has been in Special Measures or Inadequate for 7 out of the 9 years that it has been in operation.

Out of the 19 Principals, only three have been permanent positions:

Mr John Reilly: Stepped down as headteacher in September 2013, after overseeing the new building finished and all operations transferred to the new site following a poor ofsted report and weak exam results.

Mr Shawk Badat: a so-called ‘superhead’ brought to the Academy by Prospects Trust to help raise achievement and improve the 'school community'. Mr Badat also shortened the academy day on Friday, and introduced 'Enrichment Activities' for pupils to take part in. His over all plan was to provide every pupil with their own iPad to use in the class room to aid with their learning. However he resigned on 22 May 2015 due to family commitments. He was later replaced by Mr Ian Frost.

Mr Ian Frost: Took over the top job in September 2015, and initially had some success with the school being removed from Special Measures and being rated as Requires Improvement with a Good judgement for Leadership & Management by Ofsted. Despite this, improvements were not sustained and exam outcomes were poor, Mr Frost subsequently resigned with immediate effect in April 2018 following the school being placed in Special Measures for the third time since opening in 2010.[8] He has been replaced for the moment by the current Vice Principal Mr Andy Vinton who is Acting Principal, supported by White Horse Federation's Director of School Improvement Mrs Helen Glass, who was previously Headteacher at Gloucester Academy's predecessor school Central Technology College. In September 2018 it was announced that Mrs Glass had resigned from her role along with three members of the governing body creating yet more instability for the struggling school.

Mr Jonathon Heap: Thanks to the movement from White Horse Federation to Greenshaw Learning Trust, Mr Heap took over the job in February 2020.[9][10]


  1. ^ Milne, Jonathan (5 September 2008). "How boys in one of England's worst schools learnt to dance to a different tune". Times Education Supplement. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  2. ^ "First look at new Gloucester Academy building". Kier. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  3. ^ "Gloucester Academy on one site from September". BBC. Archived from the original on 22 May 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  4. ^ Richard Garner (19 March 2014). "First academy chain closes leaving the fates of six schools in the balance". The Independent. Archived from the original on 14 September 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2014.
  5. ^ "BBC News - Prospects Academy Trust offloads final Gloucestershire schools". BBC News. Archived from the original on 3 October 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  6. ^ "- The White Horse Federation". Archived from the original on 6 March 2015. Retrieved 10 March 2015.
  7. ^ "The Future of Gloucester Academy". Greenshaw Learning Trust. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  8. ^ Gogarty, Conor (27 April 2018). "Gloucester Academy principal resigns with immediate effect". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 24 July 2018. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  9. ^ Lane, Ellis (1 June 2020). "Gloucester Academy appoints permanent headteacher as it is taken over by new trust". Gloucestershire Live. Archived from the original on 12 June 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  10. ^ "Gloucester Academy told not to hire new teachers". BBC. Archived from the original on 27 January 2020. Retrieved 19 July 2020.

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