AN academy trust which has taken over a Bradford secondary school is aiming to make it “outstanding”.

Queensbury Academy, which was run by the Feversham Education Trust, has been re-branded as Trinity Academy Bradford by the Trinity Multi-Academy Trust, which runs a number of schools in neighbouring Calderdale and the wider Yorkshire area.

As well as an aim to drive up standards at the school, improvements are also due to be made to create a “better working environment”, with discussions ongoing with the Department for Education.

Executive Principal Nick Robinson told the Telegraph & Argus: “We are really excited to be working with the staff, parents and local community of this new school within Trinity Multi-Academy Trust.

“Our vision is to create an outstanding school for the Queensbury community, in the same way as with other schools in our trust.

“Our focus on outstanding teaching, meaningful pastoral care and a creative curriculum means that every student thrives.”

The school became an academy in September 2016, when it joined Feversham Education Trust.

Back in September 2019, the school, on Deanstones Lane, was rated ‘Inadequate’ by Ofsted, with the education watchdog citing poor attainment, inconsistent teaching, bad attendance and behaviour among the reasons for the rating.

A monitoring visit was carried out in February of last year, which identified improvements in a number of key areas, but there was still “a long way to go”.

The school’s new principal said: “We work hard to develop curiosity, a love of learning, resilience and kindness in our students.

“We will offer a broad and balanced curriculum, including lessons such as performing arts, sports and IT, in addition to academic subjects to provide an inspirational, high quality education.

“We are also working with the Department for Education (DfE) to make improvements to the school to create a better working environment for our students.

“More news will follow on this in due course.”

Meanwhile, the Trust is also due to open a new school in nearby Brighouse in September 2023, with plans being approved by the DfE.

The academy will support growing demand for secondary school places in Calderdale by offering 750 new places to students of all faiths and none.

This will add to its current offer in Calderdale which includes Trinity Academy Halifax, Trinity Academy Sowerby Bridge, and the post-16 Trinity Sixth Form Academy.

Charlie Johnson, who leads the Trinity Academy Brighouse project team said, “I am delighted that the Department for Education has recognised the need for a school to meet the upcoming demand on secondary places across Calderdale, and that Trinity MAT has been selected to deliver this exciting project.

“Whilst the school will have a broad and balanced curriculum, the focus on science and maths is of extra excitement.

“As a scientist, I look forward to instilling the same passion I have for the subject into the school and the community it will serve.”