Becoming an Academy

Lydiate Learning Trust is a growing and very successful family of schools and Academies. We are always interested to hear from schools who are looking to join us.

This includes Primary and Secondary schools. As the National system of schools continues to move towards an ever increasing number of Academies, we invite schools to talk to us, find out more and hopefully join us.

We encourage you to start the next phase of your school development as a Lydiate Learning Trust school.

What it means to be a Multi-Academy Trust

Our Academies and schools can collaborate and share ideas with one another in ways that other single schools may not be able to do. See below for examples of how this can happen


Should one of our Heads of Department wish to seek advice on part of the GCSE syllabus in their subject they have the option to call on the other subject leaders in our other schools within minutes.


For the teacher that joins a MAT there are significant benefits too. Should one of our talented Maths teachers aspire to become a Head of department they can stay within the Trust and move to one of our other schools making the transfer so much easier. The opportunities for progression are great. This also allows the MAT to retain quality teachers. Likewise with Leaders.


Our academies and schools can also rely on support when it is needed from our team of experts on both educational and non educational matters. An example of this is when the Executive Director for School Improvement works alongside the Deputies when developing curriculum models, timetabling etc or our accountant meets monthly to look at budgets with the Headteachers. The allocation of resources is targeted wisely but, on occasion, if the going gets tough in a subject the Lead Practitioners can be re diverted to cover.


We also have access to lots of external opportunities linked to funding and to general school improvement and our brokerage team are willing to help all Headteachers seeking a solution to a problem that goes beyond Trust capacity.


The Headteachers also benefit from our team of HR experts, ICT support, policy writers and the collaborative Headteacher meetings led by the experienced Executive Headteacher.


Ofsted Quotes

Below are a selection of quotes from OFSTED about Lydiate Learning Trust.


“The Trust has kept sound oversight of the school finances and helped to assure the school future” – June 2018
“The Trust has been pivotal to the school’s journey of improvement” – June 2018
“The Trust has supported the school to strengthen subject leadership, especially in Maths and Science” – June 2018
“The main school in the Trust has provided effective support to develop the school’s curriculum and to verify teachers and leaders judgements about pupil assessment” – June 2018

Lydiate Learning Trust Self Evaluation Plan

CLICK HERE to access a full, comprehensive self evaluation plan for the Lydiate Learning Trust.


If you wish to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact Ann Stahler, CEO/Executive Head teacher on