Dixons Kings Academy

An 11-16 school in a deprived area of Bradford, Yorkshire, which was set up in 2011. It will serve 800 students when full and has a ‘no-excuses’ approach, meaning teachers have the highest expectations of students’ behaviour and attitudes to learning. The school’s curriculum aims to help all students achieve 8 GCSEs, with most focussing on the English Baccalaureate subjects.  It operates a longer school day to provide more learning time for students and expects all of them to participate in extracurricular activities after school. Originally established by a group of teachers, it is now run by the Dixons Academy chain, which runs seven other schools in Bradford, including an ‘Outstanding’ free school, after Ofsted inspectors found that it ‘Requires Improvement’. The new leadership of the school were praised by Ofsted in their most recent visit to the school for the swift action they have taken to improve standards.