Welcome to Sir Herbert Leon Academy

My name is Jane Herriman and I have recently been appointed as Executive Principal for the Sir Herbert Leon Academy (SHLA). I am also currently Executive Principal at The Duston School in Northampton – soon to become an all through 4-19 school in September 2015. My school has moved from the category of Special Measures to being rated as Outstanding in all categories in our recent Ofsted (November 2013). I spent a year at Leon some years ago and have always had a sense of what a warm and vibrant community spirit there is both within the Academy itself and in the local area. It will be exciting to share practise between the two schools and for staff to work together. I myself shall be working closely with Mr Dan Sim who has taken on the role Acting Principal.


Sir Herbert Leon Academy has gone through a very difficult time in the last few months. As Executive Principal it is my goal to ensure that the school now builds on its past record and plans for the future, offering our young people the very best opportunities and pathways for success. As a fellow AET Principal, who knew Mr Simon Viccars well, I know this is what he would want for the school.


Last summer (2013) saw Sir Herbert Leon Academy build on the record of the predecessor school, this year saw 49% of students achieve the headline figure of 5A*C including English and mathematics. The proportion of students making expected (3 levels) progress in English and mathematics is broadly in line with national averages, 67% in mathematics and 69% in English. A strength of Sir Herbert Leon Academy has been in its results for students eligible for the Pupil Premium. This year, these students continue to make good progress compared with the remainder of the cohort. Our priority now is to maintain an upward trend with a focus on the achievement of our more able students as well as those with SEND. We are reviewing the curriculum to ensure that students access an appropriate range of courses that meet their needs.


At Post 16, the school has a real strength in ensuring students taking vocational qualifications perform above the national expected levels of progress. In addition to this, students taking A’ Levels last year made progress which was in line with national expectations. This shows the school is moving in the right direction to provide Post 16 students with a good Key Stage 5 experience.


Jane Herriman BSc (Hons), MBA, NPQH

Executive Principal for Sir Herbert Leon Academy

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Jane Herriman

BSc (Hons) MBA, NPQH







Acting Principal




Welcome to the Sir Herbert Leon Academy website. My name is Dan Sim and I have the privilege of being Acting Principal of this academy. We are proud of the purposeful and welcoming nature of our academy, and are pleased to be making rapid improvements supported by The Duston School in Northampton, an Ofsted outstanding school. My goal is to ensure quality learning opportunities and valuable experiences for all of our learners.


Dan Sim BA (Hons)