Welcome to Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Abbey Grange is a successful, caring and happy Voluntary Aided Academy in the north west of the city of Leeds. Our 1,500 students aged 11-19 come from all over Leeds to receive an education in which we all work together to stretch them academically, support them pastorally and help them develop socially and spiritually, as expressed in our mission statement.
`In partnership, to educate, nurture, empower`
We educate the young people entrusted to our care by giving them a high standard of teaching and setting them appropriate academic challenges throughout their time with us. We expect all students, whatever their ability, to work hard to achieve their full potential. We expect them to conform to our firm but fair framework of positive discipline, in which we encourage them to take responsibility for themselves; but we deal firmly with those who do not behave appropriately.
We nurture our students by providing them with a safe, caring and loving environment in which to develop in self-confidence and self-understanding within the Christian family of the school community.
The school`s staff do this in partnership with parents, our governors, local churches, the local authority and - most important of all - with our students. We know that we need to work together with respect, understanding and trust within the framework of our Christian beliefs and values.
*Post 16 Open Evening is on Tuesday 6th November 2018 at 6.30pm*
Abbey Grange is a very successful academy. We are the only Church of England Academy in Leeds and, therefore, serve the whole community of the city. However, you do not have to be of a Church of England faith to attend our 6th form. You just have to agree to respect our faith and beliefs.
Within our caring and Christian ethos we continually strive for excellence in all areas of school life, both inside and outside the classroom. We have high expectations of all our students, challenging them fully in order to maximise their potential.
Our aim is to provide you with the best possible chance to gain the qualifications you need within a relaxed, supportive, purposeful and friendly environment. We offer a wide range of courses for students of all abilities, taught by very well qualified specialist staff who know their students well and set high standards for work, application and achievement. This teaching is supported by excellent pastoral and careers support that is tailored to meet individual student needs and produces high levels of success, adding to your chance of progressing on to Higher Education or into employment
The school consists of the original 1950`s building and a major modern extension built in the mid 1990`s at the tie of school reorganisation in Leeds. Considerable internal building work took place in 2004 and 2005 to improve facilities in Art, Maths, Drama, Religious Studies and Geography. Two new classrooms for Business Studies were constructed in the spring term 2005. Considerable internal refurbishment and reorganisation has taken place during summer 2006 as a result of our new Specialist status. A new ICT room and a study room for Post 16 students have been constructed and have been in use since February 2007. A teaching block for Mathematics was opened in January 2010, whilst in 2016, we built a new area for Languages and History with a new hall providing space for worship and other events. In October 2018, we will add to the sixth form facilities with a double classroom, equipped with ICT facilities, for sixth form independent study only.
The school has a state of the art "Communications Cafe" offering a range of multi-media facilities. The school has 4 networked ICT rooms and a well resourced ICT area for Post 16 students and ICT equipment to borrow from the College Resource provision is enhanced by our support staff team.
Tutors are the focal point in providing the continuity of support that students need throughout their Post-16 careers. They have a close involvement in regularly monitoring student progress through the review and target-setting procedures. This is further enhanced during the Higher Education Programme, when tutors provide ongoing discussion and advice to individuals regarding their choices, culminating in the tutor’s final reference. Together with Heads of Abbey and a newly appointed 6th Form Mentor, tutors offer guidance on academic issues, discipline matters and pastoral well-being according to student needs.
Any students requiring additional support for their learning needs, should contact the school for more advice on what support we are able to offer them.
“Staff are prepared to give up so much of their time to help. So make the most of it!”
“Subject reviews help to give a clear idea on progress and aspects that need working on.”
“The staff that are involved in Post-16 treat you as adults and are always willing to listen, even if it is nothing to do with school.”
“The tutors treat you as grown-ups and are friendly and trustworthy if you need help and advice. I found I could easily communicate with my tutor.”
“I personally have had a lot of support, which has included things I didn't’t want to hear, but the comments were always a good idea. They helped me focus on what I was doing.”
“The voluntary support cards and the ‘4 weeks target’ have been positive and encouraging.”
Recently results have been outstanding with pass rates well above national levels and those of other local Post-16 providers. Last year“nearly one third of all grades were at grade A”. This is obviously due to the great effort and commitment on the part of students and the dedicated effort and support given by both teaching and pastoral staff.
Our value added score for 2017 was +0.28 and 0.31 in 2018 which means on average we add a quarter of a grade to our students predicted grades, based on previous attainment. Further to this, we acheive strong results in terms of points per entry- in 2017 it was the highest in Leeds at 38.62 and in 2018 it currently stands at 36.35 subject to D of E verification. This means that not only do our students make excellent progress but they also perform to a high standard as well.
”Good Teachers Getting Good Results”
Our strengths have resulted in a large majority of students progressing into Higher Education.
Over the last seven years we have developed Applied A-Levels and our success rate has been outstanding. All students on Applied A-Levels choosing to go to university, successfully gained places on their chosen courses.
"POST 16 IS MORE THAN JUST QUALIFICATIONS"
Through tutorial time and the Enrichment Programme, we address the demands of the entitlement curriculum. Thus, everyone has the opportunity to add to overall achievement. Although the focus is on academic excellence, we do not neglect the importance of mental well being and the development of 'soft skills' through our successful community service programme.
How to apply
You can apply for courses at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy through UCAS Progress. Add courses to your favourites to apply to this provider.