Dixons Unity is finally here!

Posted on 04.10.2018

Monday 1 October 2018 marked the opening of Dixons Unity Academy. Formerly Swallow Hill Community College, it is the eleventh academy in the highly successful Dixons Academies Trust and the second to open in Leeds. The opening follows months of planning and preparation which new Principal Danny Carr hopes will bring about the necessary improvements to match the great success of other Dixons academies:

"Our staff have worked tirelessly with their new colleagues at Dixons Academies Trust to secure a smooth transition from the academy's former sponsor and successfully integrate Dixons Unity into the Trust. This is an exciting time as we seek to deliver the highest standards of education and make us the first choice for our community. We are delighted to become a Dixons academy and look forward to enjoying the benefits of the Trusts' collective resources, brand and reputation."

The academy has 240 places available for year 7 students in 2019 and held its open evening on Wednesday 3rd October. Mr Carr said: "It was great to welcome our visitors on Wednesday and to give them a sense of the changes already in place since we reopened in September. Choosing a secondary school is a big decision for parents and students. We hope they will consider us as a serious option and join us on this exciting journey."

Mr Carr has worked exclusively in schools that challenge educational disadvantage. He has been part of Dixons Academies Trust as a senior leader since 2012, working across two different academies in Bradford. He is supported by Neil Miley, Principal of the outstanding Dixons Kings Academy.

Mr Miley said: "Dixons Unity is a hugely important project in which I am extremely proud to be involved. We believe that all students, from all backgrounds and cultures can climb the mountain to university or a viable alternative. I am confident we will see rapid improvements to the provision at Dixons Unity and that the results will follow. I look forward to working with Mr Carr and the rest of the team to secure the future of Dixons Unity as the high performing school our community deserves."