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Welcome to Sir Herbert Leon Academy

Welcome to the Sir Herbert Leon Academy

My name is Gill Salver and I have recently taken over the role of Principal at Sir Herbert Leon Academy.  I will be in this post until our new Head of School, Dr Jo Trevenna, takes up the position of Head of School in September.  I will then take on the role of Executive Principal three days a week to support Dr Trevenna and the Leadership Team over the coming year.  Mr Sim will revert to his previous role of Senior Vice-Principal.

The Academy has undergone a great deal of turbulence in the last two years and my aim will be to try to create stability so we can sustain and embed the new structures and systems.  We know we have to continue to recruit high quality teachers, to attract more students into the Academy, to improve the quality of feedback, respond to the changing curriculum which the government is implementing….and much more.  Identifying areas for development and acting upon them will be the key to our future success.

Some of you may recognise my name.  I worked at Leon School for 21 years before leaving to take up the position of Senior Vice Principal at The Duston School in Northampton which, after its own challenging past, has now achieved Outstanding status.  I worked with three exceptional Headteachers during my previous time here: Mr Bruce Abbott, Dr Stephen Pam and Mr Simon Viccars.  To be following in their footsteps is an honour.  My elder son attended Post 16 here at SHLA so I have first-hand experience of how well the academy can support and develop students.

Although I enjoyed my time in Northampton I am really excited at the opportunity of returning to an academy such as SHLA, which is at the heart of the community.  The students here are so welcoming and so keen to succeed and I am determined that they shall be offered the best opportunities so they can leave SHLA with the skills and resilience they need to be happy and successful in their future lives.  I want them to be really proud of their school and their community.

Dr Trevenna has also worked at SHLA before which I believe is a real positive as she understands the needs of the school and developed really positive relationships with students, staff and parent during this time.

I look forward to working with you and your children and meeting as many of you as possible. 

Gill Salver BA (Hons), PGCE, ACCEG, NPQH

About us

Our 6th Form at Sir Herbert Leon Academy provides a wide variety of academic and vocational courses to enable its students to achieve their potential. We have experienced, enthusiastic and inspiring teachers which together with caring and knowledgeable support staff create an aspirational learning environment designed to embed an excitement for educational exploration.

 We passionately believe that the background of our students should not be a barrier to their attainment, and as an inclusive 6th Form if you join us you will be equipped with the skills and qualifications to confidently move into university, training, higher education or directly into employment in jobs offering genuine career prospects. When you join the Sir Herbert Leon Academy and move into the more challenging world of 6th form studies, our dedicated and talented teachers will work with you to secure a balanced educational experience that will enable you to have genuine choices about your future.

The Sir Herbert Leon Academy has invested in a new Post-16 centre, which opened in September 2014. It as a dedicated part of the school and includes a fully refurbished Study Area with state-of-the-art computer equipment, wi-fi  facilities, a careers guidance area manned by a careers advisor to help plan your future, and a café offering excellent value and high quality snacks, meals and drinks.

Sir Herbert Leon Academy believes that your time with us should not just be about achieving the best academic and vocational qualifications (although this is obviously very important) but also ensuring that you find the whole experience with is fulfilling and enjoyable. You will be encouraged to engage in a wide range of other activities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme, enrichment activities in this and other schools, sport and social events. Your time in 6th form will require hard work if you are to succeed, but that does not mean that it should not be fun!

Many of our students went to the universities of their choice last year, with the remainder moving onto employment with genuine prospects, apprenticeships or other training/higher education. Many students had some remarkable achievements – for example Alisha Russell, who gained an incredible 1200 Average point score from her two A Levels and triple Performing Arts. Alisha is now studying Broadcast Journalism at Nottingham Trent University.

Following our results day Mr Sim Principal of Sir Herbert Leon Academy said

Sir Herbert Leon Academy’s Post 16 students celebrated success this morning following the publication of the academy’s A Level results. The average point score per entry has significantly improved against the national picture and demonstrates excellent progress for our students. We are also proud of our students’ 100% pass rate. 

Our students arrived bright and early to collect their A Level results and BTEC certificates and many celebrated excellent individual performances. Our diverse and personalised curriculum continues to enable all students to achieve qualifications and allow them to continue on with their chosen career paths after they leave us. 
Particular mention should go to Alisha Russell who achieved not only D*D*D in Performing Arts (equivalent to 3 A*A at A Level) but also two A Levels in English Literature and History. Alisha will be studying at Nottingham University reading Broadcast Journalism. Other high-performing students include Keeley Kean and Jordan Lysaght who both achieved triple Distinction* in BTEC Sport (equivalent to 3 A* at A’ Level) and Demi Hawkins (D*D*D in Performing Arts). 

Subjects continuing to perform particularly well include BTEC Sport, Performing Arts and Textiles A Level.

In terms of AS results Yasmin McGowan and Kieran Gaskell each received a clutch of A grades including Maths, Biology, English and Kieran is now busy with his application to study Literature at Oxford.

It was fantastic to see so many of our young people celebrating their achievements this morning, both here and at our Post 16 partner school Lord Grey. We wish all our students every success in the future whatever they choose to go on to do.  We continue to work relentlessly to ensure that standards at Post 16 continue to rise. 

Jane Herriman, Executive Principal, added: “We have seen improvements this year and acknowledge that even more hard work needs to be done to continue moving forward in this positive direction.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Sir Herbert Leon Academy directly.

Last updated date: 22 January 2016

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