The Learning Trust (South Leeds) was formed in July 2011 and at the moment consists of Cockburn School and six primary schools – Beeston, Hugh Gaitskell, Middleton Primary, Middleton St. Mary’s, St. Philips’ and Westwood. Another school, Clapgate Primary, should become a member of the Trust by the summer of this year. In addition to this the Trust bid successfully to run a new primary school, to be called Lane End Primary, which will be built in Beeston and will open in temporary premises in September 2014. The new school will be ready by September 2015. (Please see below for details). There are also two Children’s centres that are associate members of the Trust. This makes the Trust one of the largest education providers in south Leeds.
Working as a shared Trust has clarified our vision and aims, raised expectations and standards, and made our existing collaboration more sustainable. We believe it has helped our children achieve even more than they did before. We aim to provide the best education possible for all the children and young people in our communities, by working together more effectively, as well as promoting community cohesion.
As a Co-operative Trust, we have adopted the values and principles of the Co-operative movement. Co-operatives are based on the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In the tradition of their founders, co-operative members believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility, and caring for others.
Key aims for our trust are:
- to ensure consistently high expectations across all of our Trust schools among pupils, parents, carers and staff.
- to enable all pupils to access high quality teaching and learning experiences by sharing 'best practice', resources and staff within the partnership, and developing creative and transformational approaches to help us to raise standards consistently across our trust
- to work more effectively with parents, carers and the wider community to promote lifelong learning health and wellbeing, develop a more aspirational culture, and develop a more integrated approach with other partners working with children and communities, such as health, social care, sport and leisure.
- To work with external partners to help us be even more imaginative and creative in providing opportunities for family and community learning and wider cultural experiences. We also work with the private sector and other employers and include our business partners in the ethos of the Trust.
Click here to read the Annual Report To The Board Of Trustees 2012/13
Lane End Primary School:
Due to a rise in the school age population over the next few years a number of new schools are being built across Leeds. Lane End Primary is one of these, and the new building opened in September 2015, as a Foundation School and the newest member of The Learning Trust (South Leeds).