I am delighted to welcome you to the website of Leicester’s newest secondary school, Brook Mead Academy, which will open its doors to its founding cohort in late August 2021. Although the newest secondary school in Leicester, Brook Mead arises from a close association with Rushey Mead Academy named the best state-funded secondary school in Leicester and Leicestershire in this year’s Real Schools Guide 2020 and Ofsted outstanding since 2007. I worked at Rushey Mead for over two decades and was principal there. I look forward to bringing the same high quality and inclusive education approach to a new part of the city. At Brook Mead, we will also be working closely with our near neighbours at Castle Mead Academy, the first Free School within the Mead Education Trust, which has quickly established itself as school with high expectations, a safe and happy climate and a rich and challenging curriculum.
Brook Mead Academy will open in September 2021 for 240 Year 7 pupils. It has a citywide catchment so all families within the city are able to apply for a place. The school will grow organically each year to a full capacity of 1500, with year groups of 300 from 2023. The school will be situated in the west of the city, having secured a large site on the corner of Fosse Road North and Groby Road. This means the school will benefit from excellent transport links across the city and county. While the permanent school is built, Brook Mead has been able to secure high quality temporary accommodation on the existing Castle Mead site in the heart of the city near the Highcross shopping complex.
At Brook Mead, we will be Building Better Futures Together! Staff and pupils will unite in a mission to excel and secure the best possible future for each pupil by laying the foundations for high academic achievement and all-round personal development. Our pupils will Work Hard, Be Kind and help to Build A Better Future for themselves and the World! We are unashamedly ambitious for each and every child, determined to:
- help our pupils to excel,
- unearth and nurture talent and
- develop active citizens with a strong sense of social responsibility.
Our ambition is to offer pupils the best provision possible in secondary education. Therefore, our curriculum in each subject will be carefully crafted and sequenced; our subject leaders will be experts and enthusiasts bursting to take our scholars on epic journeys through each subject domain. Our pupils will be thirsting to know more and enjoy learning and knowledge for its own sake. We will have an extended school day so that ALL pupils benefit from a strong extracurricula offer to develop wider aspects of themselves, be they musical, sporting, literary or artistic. There will also be dedicated prep time to support pupils to keep up with the demanding curriculum.
We will also support pupils in all aspects of their development, welcoming children from all backgrounds and starting points. As an inclusive school, there will be support for those with additional needs. Our pastoral provision and staff will support pupils to meet our high expectations. The highly structured and carefully thought through routines for every part of the day will be explicitly taught to pupils and applied consistently making for a safe and happy school.
Our founding cohort of pupils in 2021 will enjoy a particularly unique and special experience. They will be the first ever Brook Mead pupils. They will be the only year group on site and be the sole focus of the energies of all staff! Therefore, they will benefit from unrivalled care and attention to their learning within a smaller and carefully nurtured community. They will be flag bearers of Brook Mead and always the oldest children within the school whom succeeding year groups will look upon as role models. I cannot wait to meet and welcome this new cohort and get going on our exciting journey at Brook Mead!
Rita Hindocha, Executive Principal