The Lionheart Academies Trust was founded in April 2014 in order to establish a foundation for the improvement and enhancement of educational provision in Leicester and Leicestershire. Beauchamp College, the lead academy in the trust, has an excellent track record receiving an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating during the last inspection. While sitting in the top 3% of all schools in the country following the 2014 examination results, the plan was to use Beauchamp as a model for the other schools that joined the trust and enable them to benchmark.
Two of the schools in our Trust, Longslade Community College and Stonehill High School in Birstall, merged in April 2015 to become The Cedars Academy. This merger has enabled the basis for an outstanding 4-19 provision in Birstall, allowing the natural progression from Riverside and Highcliffe primary schools through to The Cedars Academy, providing our young people with the greatest opportunity to go on to Higher Education and into the world of work.
Before the merger in March 2015, under the Trust’s guidance, Longslade were rated as ‘Good’ by Ofsted – a huge improvement on the ‘Inadequate’ rating of the previous inspection. Similarly, both primary schools have improved to ‘Good’ from ‘Requires Improvement’ since joining the trust. Cedars which had its first OFSTED Inspection in 2018 has also been rated ‘Good.’ Due to our success in Birstall, coupled with the evident need for further educational provisions in the area, we opened Hallam Fields Primary School in August 2017 – a brand new one-form entry school serving the Hallam Fields estate on the west side of Birstall.
Two further schools join the Trust in Summer 2018 following the work the Trust has done with them. The first is Martin High which not only joins the Trust but is also working with Cedars Academy to provide 6th form provision to students in Leicestershire through Cedars Martin 6th Form. The second is Judgemeadow Community College, which has been supported by the Trust since it was rated ‘Inadequate’ in December 2016. The school joins the Trust after many changes have been put in to place to ensure standards are raised and students receive the high quality education they deserve.
Finally Sir Jonathan North Community College, a very successful secondary school in Leicester, will be joining the Trust in September 2018. Sir Jonathan North is an outstanding school with a committed staff body, a strong track record of student progress, and enthusiastic students with big ambitions for their learning. Their ethos and approach to teaching and learning chimes with that of all the schools currently in the Trust and will continue to strengthen the delivery of an educational experience which has student welfare and the highest quality of education at its core.
We hope to continue to build on the precedent of raising standards of attainment whilst delivering the highest quality of holistic development to every one of our students. We hope you can join us on our journey to ‘Outstanding’.