John Smeaton Academy

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John Smeaton Academy
Type Academy
Location Smeaton Approach
Barwick Road

West Yorkshire
LS15 8TA
53°48′51″N 1°26′05″W / 53.8142°N 1.4346°W / 53.8142; -1.4346Coordinates: 53°48′51″N 1°26′05″W / 53.8142°N 1.4346°W / 53.8142; -1.4346

John Smeaton Academy is an academy and Sixth Form in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.

The school educates children aged 11-18 from across Leeds and its surrounding villages including Scholes, Cross Gates, Barwick-in-Elmet, Pendas Fields and Swarcliffe.

The academy is part of United Learning, a national group of schools whose motto is 'the best in everyone'.[1]

Ethos and values[edit]

As part of United Learning, the academy is committed to an ethos of 'the best in everyone'. This is underpinned by six core values:

  • Ambition – to achieve the best for ourselves and others;
  • Confidence – to have the courage of our convictions and to take risks in the right cause;
  • Creativity – to imagine possibilities and make them real;
  • Respect – of ourselves and others in all that we do;
  • Enthusiasm – to seek opportunity, find what is good and pursue talents and interests;
  • Determination – to overcome obstacles and reach success.[1]


The school became an academy in 2014 and joined multi-academy trust United Learning.

It was previously called John Smeaton Community High School and John Smeaton Community College, named after 18th century civil engineer John Smeaton of Austhorpe.

Academic Performance[edit]

Prior to joining United Learning and converting to an academy, the school was rated 'Inadequate' by Ofsted and placed in Special Measures.[2]

In December 2016, Ofsted inspectors concluded that the school 'Requires Improvement', praising the capacity of leaders to improve further.[3]

In August 2017, 46% of students achieved five or more A*-C grades including 4 or above in English and maths – an increase from the previous year. There were also improvements in the number of students achieving at least a grade 4 – equivalent to the old 'C' grade – in English and maths respectively.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "United Learning > About Us > Our ethos and values". Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  2. ^ "Leeds secondary school blasted by inspectors". The Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "Ofsted report". Retrieved 29 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "John Smeaton Academy - GOV.UK - Find and compare schools in England". Find and compare schools in England. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 
  5. ^ "Students at John Smeaton Academy Celebrate GCSE Results". United Learning. Retrieved 16 January 2018. 

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