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Brigantia Learning Trust

What Has Ofsted Said About our Trust?

Since the Trust began in March 2014 it has performed strongly so that in 2017, 92% of students attend at least a good school.

Hinde House Academy

“Pupils praise the school highly. Staff are dedicated to ensuring that pupils across all phases achieve their best academically. Pupils feel safe in school. Leaders are determined that the education they provide enables all pupils to fulfil their potential. Children in early years make a good start. Leaders and teachers have high ambitions for all, including pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). Leaders have also ensured that there is a strong programme for personal development. Relationships between staff and pupils are very positive.”

Ofsted, September 2021

Wincobank Academy

Wincobank was sponsored in March 2014 and described by the Local Authority as one of the most vulnerable primary schools in the city. It was graded as strongly Good by Ofsted in January 2017 and received a very positive Ofsted inspection in May 2022.

“Pupils are proud to attend this school. They are polite and well mannered. They enjoy learning. Leaders have created a welcoming and calm atmosphere. Parents say that staff ‘genuinely want pupils to succeed’, knowing each of them as individuals. They value the family feel of the school. Trustees work supportively with the school. They are committed to ensuring that the school continues to improve. They hold leaders to account and look for ways to support staff’s well-being and workload through collaborative approaches with other Trust schools and the use of external support.”

Ofsted, May 2022

Concord Academy

Concord was sponsored in March 2014 and described by the Local Authority as one of the most vulnerable junior schools in the city. Graded as strongly RI by Ofsted in January 2017 after previously being in Special Measures, monitoring visits in 2021 Ofsted confirmed that the academy and Trust are “taking effective action in order for the school to become a good school”.

In June 2023, a two-day inspection lauded the academy as Good in all areas.

“Concord Junior Academy is calm and welcoming. Pupils feel happy and safe. Staff invest in pupils. Relationships are nurturing. Pupils say the best thing about the school is the teachers. Leaders have high ambitions for pupils. Leaders ensure that there is a wide range of opportunities to develop their interests. Leaders have high expectations for pupil behaviour. Pupils are polite and respectful. Leaders have a clear vision for staff. Staff say that they are empowered by the Executive Principal. Governance is a strength. Leaders have established a strong safeguarding culture.”


Ofsted, June 2023

Yewlands Academy

In March 2018 Brigantia took over management of Yewlands following the collapse of a Yorkshire trust. A recent Ofsted inspection has graded the academy RI. The report recognised that the academy has undergone significant changes to the leadership team, and that leaders have a shared drive and ambition to improve outcomes for every pupil. The report also recognised that leaders and Trustees are aware that the academy needs to improve further and have set clear priorities for improvement.

 “Leaders have successfully introduced new systems and processes that have helped improve pupils’ behaviour. Most pupils enjoy school. The behaviour of pupils has improved this academic year. Pupils receive independent careers advice to help them make choices about their future. The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. There is a strong culture of safeguarding. New leaders have reviewed the curriculum and thought carefully about what knowledge and skills pupils need to develop.”

Ofsted, June 2022


Longley Park Sixth Form Academy

Longley Park joined the Trust in August 2017 and received a full inspection in November 2018.

"Staff and governors successfully raise students’ aspirations. Leaders, managers, and college staff model and celebrate diversity very well. Students from a wide range of cultures behave well, work diligently together, and respect the views of others. Leaders and governors are passionate about ensuring that students can access higher level academic and vocational courses at the college. Students enjoy their learning and most make fast progress. Students take pride in their work and develop the confidence, knowledge, and skills that they need to progress to further and higher education, training, or employment.”

Ofsted, November 2018