L.E.A.D. Equate Announced as a DfE Teaching School Hub

Children’s Mental Health Week

Noel-Baker Academy’s ‘Work and Wellbeing on Wheels’

Cloudside Academy Students Write to Local Residents

Year 9 Pathways Sites Go Live!

Glapton Goes Virtual!

L.E.A.D. IT Services Go the Extra Mile

L.E.A.D. Staff Prepare for Covid Testing Rollout

An Insight into Manor Farm Academy

Apprenticeship Opportunities are on Track


We are overjoyed to become part of the national network of 87 centres of excellence for teacher training and development, growing our strategic partnerships across Lincolnshire.

Diana Owen CBE, CEO of L.E.A.D. tweeted “We’re delighted that @LEADEquateTSA will drive forward teacher training & development across Lincolnshire, following the announcement that @withamsthughsac will become a @educationgovuk Teaching School Hub from September. We look forward to growing partnerships across the region”.

A huge congratulations to all those that have been officially designated as a Teaching School Hub today. We are looking forward to collaboration far and wide.


It has been great to see to many of our academies participating in Children’s Mental Health Week. The topic this year was ‘expressing yourself’ and encouraged children (and adults) to explore the different ways we can share our thoughts, feelings and ideas.

Below are students from Huntingdon Academy taking some time to step away from their screens to build a den and read their favourite book.

We hope that this week has shone a spotlight on the importance of children’s mental health – something that has never been more important.


Starting today until schools return, every Wednesday Noel-Baker Academy will be bringing resources to students with their ‘Work and Wellbeing on Wheels’ initiative.  The resource bus follows a route around the local area, stopping at a total of nine locations.

The resources available include work booklets for each year, a useful contacts card, stationary equipment, wellbeing packs and sanitary products.

A massive well done to Noel-Baker Academy for serving the school community in such a proactive way. What a fantastic demonstration of the L.E.A.D. values!


Cloudside Academy have been working with local community group ‘The Heart of Sandiacre’ to write and deliver letters to local residents to tackle loneliness.

The academy asked the children to write letters to local residents who live alone and may have very little company. After reading online about an initiative called ‘Letters in Isolation’, they decided to work together with ‘The Heart of Sandiacre’ and do something similar locally. They delivered their first batch of letters this week.

Such thoughtfulness and community spirit are exactly what is needed during these unprecedented times. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed, with a feature on ‘East Midlands Today’, the local evening news, in a segment on local heroes and people doing good in the community!

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This week The Birley Academy and Noel-Baker Academy saw the websites for their Year 9 pathways go live. These dedicated sites enable Year 8 students and their parents to explore their subject options for GCSE remotely, with informative videos from staff members. This is a great example of the support we are offering to our academies during this difficult time.

Diana Owen CBE, CEO of L.E.A.D. tweeted “It’s fantastic to see @davincilead continue to develop innovative approaches to remote learning. The release of a microsite to help students understand and select their GCSE subject options is a brilliant initiative. Well done to all involved!”.

View the sites for yourself:




Since prospective parents and their children are currently unable to visit schools for in person tours, Glapton Academy is getting to know them virtually.

Through the medium of the virtual tour, parents and their children are able to take a look at classrooms in action, hear from staff and get to know the academy a little better before they submit their applications for the September intake into Reception. We hope that despite the circumstances, this will provide an insight into the wonderful school community.

To watch the tour for yourself, head over to Glapton Academy.


In order to get new laptops out to students as soon as possible, the L.E.A.D. IT Services team worked incredibly hard over the weekend to set them up with the required software for remote learning and safeguarding.

Lee Jepson, Director of IT for L.E.A.D. IT Services, tweeted “So grateful to my team giving up their weekend to build the @educationgovuk laptops we’ve received on Thursday for @LEADAcadTrust schools next week. Also a huge thank you for @cubowork for allowing us to use their open spaces to get them done faster. #weareLEAD”.


Staff across L.E.A.D. academies have been getting everything into place ready for the testing of staff, key workers and vulnerable students from next week.

Below is a photo of the wonderful team at Noel-Baker Academy.

We would like to thank everyone involved for their fantastic efforts during this difficult time.


Manor Farm Academy’s new film provides a snapshot of just some of the incredible learning experiences that the children have access to whilst they are in school.


We understand the importance of creating and delivering high quality apprenticeship opportunities within our organisation and with this, we’re equally committed to increasing the quality and quantity of apprenticeships in the public sector.