Sir Herbert Leon Celebrates Best GCSE Results for 4 Years

Principal's Update

Following a positive two day visit from HMI on the 3rd and 4th of May, I am pleased to share the news that the Inspection Report has confirmed that 'Leaders and managers are taking effective action towards the removal of special measures.' We have moved quickly since the full Ofsted Inspection in October to drive through new Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare policies and systems and this is having a real impact. In addition, it is pleasing that the HMI inspection team recognised that ''Teaching is starting to improve' and that 'Behaviour is improving. A sharper behaviour policy coupled with improved support and staff training are starting to make a difference.' 

Our Year 11 students are working very hard and the report confirms that 'Year 11 pupils value the intensive support they have had in preparation for their GCSE examinations. This is leading to notable progress in some subjects.' I am sure that you will wish our Year 11 students all the best for their examinations. We look forward to seeing them celebrate when they open their results in the summer.



The Academy’s House system plays a vital role in helping students feel part of our school community.  Students will have a feeling of belonging through the opportunities they will be given to contribute and take part in House competitions across the curriculum subjects.  The Heads of House team get to know the students very quickly and provide any support alongside the year teams.

We have four houses at SHL. Click on their logo below for more information on each house.

Amber House
Emerald House
Ruby House
Sapphire House


The strong sense of community within each of the Houses has fostered a sense of identity and belonging. Students and staff alike are justifiably proud of the achievements and progress of all of the members of their House.

Every student is a member of a tutor group within a House and tutors play a key role in supporting them throughout their school life. The Heads of House promote the pursuit of excellence across all year groups, monitoring participation and attendance.

The House system actively promotes student responsibility, enabling young people to be prepared for the future as citizens who are confident in contributing to society. Students may sit on their house council, representing the views of their tutor group and disseminating information back to the group. Sixth Form students can take on roles such as House Captains and Vice Captains, providing strong role models for younger students.

Healthy competition is encouraged through a cycle of inter-house activities including sporting, musical, mathematical, literary and scientific competitions. At the end of each year a ‘Champion House’ will be declared.

Since the House launch in December there has been a growing sense of belonging with students representing their house with pride in a wide variety of activities. Events have taken place in all aspects of the curriculum both in lessons and at lunch time. These have included football, Dodgeball, robotics, Spanish quiz, Creative writing and a host of others.

The most popular event with students was the school FIFA championship. Over 150 students and staff entered the competition last term and after several weeks of competition at lunch time Amber house were victorious.

All students have also been involved in a house attendance league and cup competition, where they compete against other tutor groups for the best attendance each week, last terms knockout cup competition was won by 7PHA, who received both prizes and a tutor reward for the week.

Each department takes it in turn to run the competition each week giving a variety of events to suit all tastes. We are proud of our new House system and so are our students.

Post-16 Students Celebrate Results

Results continue to improve at Sir Herbert Leon Academy with Post-16 students making higher than national levels of progress.

Some of the highest achieving student include Megan Read who secured triple Distinction* in BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and has secured a place at Birmingham University to study Sport and 

Exercise Science.   50% of students achieved this impressive grade in their BTEC Sport course this year.  50% of student on the BTEC health and social care course also achieved D*D*D*. This popular course has again proved to be a positive gateway to higher education, with students continuing their careers in the health and social care sectors. Laura Ward who achieved D*D*D* has gone on to study Adult Nursing at the University of Northamptonshire. Results in BTEC IT have also been outstanding. Christian Barnes secured a D*D*D* and is now going to study Forensic Computing at Portsmouth 

university. 100% of our ICT Diploma students secured D*D* and 100% of our students in the ICT Extended Diploma, Media Extended Diploma secured at least triple Distinctions.

Whilst some of our students wanted to focus on just one aspect of study, others have successfully combined subjects. These students include Jade Peck who secured an A in Extended Project,  a Distinction in Health & Social Care, a C in A Level History and Sociology and a D in Psychology. Jade has secured a place at Oxford Brookes University to study Psychology.

The first set of students through on the MK Dons secured their results in their BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport. The highest achieving student on the SET programme was Ethan Wallbank who achieved a Distinction* Distinction * Distinction. The cohort have benefited from top quality football coaching from MK Dons coaches as well as completing their studies. The MK Dons SET and Sir Herbert Leon Academy is very proud of the partnership with increased numbers joining the programme in September.

Director of Post-16, Faye Causer, says ‘I am delighted that our Post-16 provision has continued to improve. Many of our students have achieved exceptional results and have secured their first choice university places. Students benefit from personalised support and personalised programmes of study. Our Post-16 numbers have increased over the past couple of years and this September we will welcome record numbers. The improvements in our provision can be seen in the amazing 64% increase in overall average points per pupil this year. Our students should be very proud of their effort and commitment to get such outstanding grades.’

6th form is open in September:

Monday 4th September - Year 13 only, lessons start P3
Tuesday 5th September - Year 12, lessons will officially start P3

Earn your STRIPE
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We firmly believe that a clear, fair, rewards system is at the heart of a good school. We recognise and promote student achievement, contribution and leadership through the six core values of STRIPE: Self-management, Teamwork, Reflective Learning, Independent Learning, Participation and Experimental thinking. These core values will set our students on a path to success, not only in academic life, but in the wider world. Staff will be looking to award Vivo points to students who are demonstrating these core values in and outside of lessons.

In each year group, students are encouraged to earn a set tariff of Vivos in each skill area. Vivos can be earned by students in a variety of ways both in and out of lessons. Once students have achieved the tariff in every section, they can use their Vivo points to purchase their STRIPE, which will be in the form of a school tie with either a bronze, silver or gold stripe. At the end of each term, students will also be able to use their Vivos to enter raffles to go on year group trips, which will run every six weeks. Finally, students can choose to collect their Vivo points over the longer term and cash them in for a variety of items including iPhones!

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