Our academies

We are a Multi-Academy Trust of twelve schools in Bradford and Leeds, focused on serving areas of social or educational disadvantage. We specialise in sponsored turnaround academies to address educational failure and on new start-up free schools to meet growing demand.  

Primary schools

  • Dixons Manningham Primary joined the Trust in January 2015 from a predecessor school in Special Measures.  It has made strong progress since and achieved Good in its first inspection as a Dixons academy.
  • Dixons Marchbank Primary joined the Trust in January 2014 from a predecessor school in Special Measures.  It has made strong progress since and achieved Good in its first inspection as a Dixons academy.
  • Dixons Music Primary opened as a Wave 2 Free School in August 2012 and is judged Outstanding by Ofsted.  Its specialism is dedicated to using music education to raise standards of student achievement, self-discipline and oracy. 

All-through schools

  • Dixons Allerton Academy joined the Trust in September 2009 from a Special Measures predecessor school.  It has transformed its fortunes since and for the past two years has been one of the higher-performing schools in Bradford.
  • Dixons Trinity Chapeltown was our first school in Leeds and is closely linked with Dixons Trinity in Bradford.  It opened as a primary in September 2017, and added its secondary phase a year later.  It will move into permanent accommodation in early 2020.

Secondary schools

  • Dixons City Academy opened in 1990 as one of only 15 City Technology Colleges in the country, with the intention to transform education in each locality.  It has been a high-performing school with a national profile ever since, around which our Trust is built.
  • Dixons Cottingley Academy joined Dixons in July 2018 from the former Samuel Lister Academy.  It now draws its model from our other Bradford academies and is led by an Outstanding Principal recruited from another local MAT.
  • Dixons Kings Academy joined Dixons in January 2015 as a struggling Free School.  It achieved Outstanding in its first inspection under our Trust, and has since gone on to become one of our very highest-performing academies. 
  • Dixons McMillan Academy Opened in September 2014 and achieved Outstanding in its first inspection. Its students have made very strong progress since and we look forward to its first set of GCSE results in 2019.
  • Dixons Trinity Academy opened in August 2012 and was the first secondary Free School to be judged Outstanding.  For the past two years it has been the top-performing state school in Bradford & Leeds, and one of the very highest for Progress 8 in the country.
  • Dixons Unity Academy re-opened as a Dixons academy on 1st October 2018 from the former Swallow Hill Community School and draws its main support from Dixons Kings, including its new Principal.

Post 16

  • Dixons Sixth Form Academy opened in 2019 in the Douglas Mill building on Manchester Road.  With the scale to offer more places to both Dixons students and others, it offers a broader curriculum than the smaller school-based sixth forms that it replaces.

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