In The Media

We love to share our children and staff members achievements on the radio, in the newspaper and on the local news. These are the latest examples from our local media.

SSAT Article - Lea Forest Primary Academy

posted 08 Mar 2018, 16:17 by J Croxon

Article from SSAT published on the 8th of March 2018.

SSAT Case Study - Consistency is the key to success - Lea Forest Academy (1).pdf

Birmingham Schools Guide - 4 star rating

posted 15 Jan 2018, 14:37 by J Croxon

Lea Forest is the best school in our local area and we're delighted with our 4 star rating from the Birmingham Mail's 2018 school guide.

You can read the full report here.

Tag Rugby Finalists

posted 10 Jul 2017, 14:55 by J Croxon

Our team was one of many to be featured in the Evening Mail after taking part in the Tag Rugby tournament at Birmingham Exiles.

Onesie Wednesday At Lea Forest

posted 11 Apr 2017, 07:23 by J Croxon

On Wednesday the 22nd of March our children and teachers dressed up in their onesies in support of the Autism Society and raised a fantastic £230.75. Thank you to all who donated and took part.

Fantastic Fundraising From Lea Forest

posted 31 Mar 2017, 15:49 by J Croxon

Last Friday we raised an amazing £619.45 for Comic Relief! A huge thank you to all of our children and parents for donating and supporting this worthwhile cause!


posted 22 Mar 2017, 16:09 by J Croxon

Our children have raised £260.30 for Birmingham Children's Hospital as part of our Readathon Challenge. Thank you to all of our parents, family members and friends who sponsored our children and took time to read with them.

Fantastic Fundraising for Pudsey

posted 10 Feb 2017, 19:50 by J Croxon

Our children have raised £289.85 for children in Need in 2016. Thank you to everyone that supported our school.

Lea Forest is a Comic Relief Super School

posted 7 Feb 2017, 10:45 by J Croxon [ updated 7 Feb 2017, 10:46 ]

We're delighted to announce that Lea Forest is a Red Nose Day Super school! Thanks to all our children's hard work and efforts over the past few years we have helped Comic Relief to raise funds that support charities at home and in other countries. Well done Lea Forest!

Ofsted - Press Release

posted 9 Dec 2016, 08:21 by J Croxon

Primary Academy Has 'Ambitious Culture Of High Expectations' Says Ofsted

Pupils and staff at a Kitts Green primary are celebrating their school being upgraded to be officially rated 'good' by Ofsted team following their two day inspection in November.

Their report, just published, confirms that leaders and governors at Lea Forest Primary Academy in Hurstcroft Road have created 'an ambitious culture of high expectations' and the headteacher and senior leadership team 'provide highly effective and inspiring leadership.' They highlight that 'teaching has strengthened, attendance has improved and pupil's progress has accelerated so that pupils now achieve well in all key stages.'

Ofsted's twelve page full inspection report praises many areas of school performance, including:

  • communication with parents is very good and pupils are well supported in their transition to other schools.
  • teachers deploy teaching assistants effectively, who are well prepared for their roles, supporting pupils of all abilities.
  • pupils enjoy coming to school. They say they 'feel good' about themselves in school.
  • Ofsted confirms parents' judgements that behaviour is good and if they have any concerns they are quickly followed up.
  • learning gets off to a good start in the early years and children are now well prepared for learning in Year 1.
  • disadvantaged pupils achieve at least as well as other pupils in the school and sometimes outperform them.
  • Expectations have risen for the most able pupils and tasks are more challenging which helps them to achieve their full potential.

The three areas inspectors have set for development to further improve the quality of education at Lea Forest Primary Academy, are ensuring that work for the most able and low attaining pupils stretches their abilities and strengthens their skills; ensuring that approaches to assessing pupils' skills are consistent; as well as ensuring that the school improvement plans contain clear targets and milestones to monitor school development fully effectively.

Hilary Thompson, Headteacher at Lea Forest Primary Academy, said: ‘We are delighted that Ofsted have recognised the journey that the school has been on and the progress that the school has made. We are immensely proud of our children. They are a real credit to the school.

Sporting success at the Hockey Tournament.

posted 5 Dec 2016, 16:19 by J Croxon

Our Yr5 and Yr6 Hockey teams had a brilliant time at the KESH academy in Sheldon. Despite the cold weather the children played brilliantly and our A-Team came away with the 1st Place medals. Our B team came home in 2nd place Mr Q was please to see great teamwork and sportsmanship from our children!

Fantastic Fundraising from Lea Forest

posted 21 Oct 2016, 11:57 by J Croxon

We love to support great causes at Lea Forest and last term we helped to raise £193.58 for Sports Relief and a fantastic £332.93 for Macmillan Cancer Research. Thank you to all of our parents, carers and the wider community for your support.

Lea Forest raises £364.95 for The National Autistic Society

posted 5 Jul 2016, 18:35 by J Croxon

Our Autism Awareness Assembly May 2016

The Big Read - Birmingham's Book Bench Trail

posted 4 Jul 2016, 20:55 by J Croxon

Over 170 BookBench sculptures, decorated by young people in the West Midlands as part of The Big Read, a unique arts project to promote literacy development, will be on public display in Birmingham and beyond from 16th July until 13th September this summer.

The free Big Read trail will officially open during CBBC’s jam-packed Awesome Authors weekend at the Library of Birmingham and Centenary Square on Saturday 16th July and Sunday 17th July. A number of BookBenches will take centre stage in children’s workshops and will be on display at the event, which will also feature some of the UK’s best-loved authors including Dame Jacqueline Wilson, and CBBC’s biggest stars.

For eights weeks over the summer, benches shaped as open books, individually designed by nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and community groups in the region, will be exhibited inside libraries, galleries, museums, cultural venues and book shops. There is also a whole host of literary-themed events and activities taking place around the displays to spark everybody’s interest in reading and writing.

Please click here to read the full article.

Great Fundraising from Lea Forest!

posted 25 Apr 2016, 17:47 by J Croxon

Last half term we raised a fantastic £194 for Book Aid International and £193.58 for Sports Relief. Thank you to all the children and parents for your support.

Local Schools Guide 2016

posted 26 Feb 2016, 15:27 by J Croxon

The Birmingham Evening Mail has analysed all the local government data to bring you the rundown on your local primary schools. Lea Forest Academy was put into focus to show its scores in relation to other schools in the area. You can also see how the primary school compares against other schools across England. Data is available on pupils attainment, average grades, the quality of the teaching and when the school was lasted inspected. The teacher to pupil ratio is also a good indication of the focus your child will get. Plus we can show how many full-time teachers there are at the school.

To see how well we faired please click on the link

Yr5 - Selfridges What on earth are we wearing project

posted 26 Feb 2016, 15:21 by J Croxon [ updated 26 Feb 2016, 15:24 ]

Children from Yr5 had to make Globes that represented our planet with sustainable materials as part of the What on earth are we wearing project in partnership with Selfridges Birmingham and Ahead Partnerships.

Our children from 5BS and 5MS designed and created ideas for their globes based on themes of recycling, the environment, water and life. They then created the real models using a selection of reclaimed and recycled materials.

A group of children from Yr5 were invited to the Selfridges store in Birmingham to see their finished globes on display. They also had the opportunity to meet and chat with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and the High Sherif of the West Midlands and had a VIP breakfast in the Selfridges Restaurant to celebrate completing the challenge.

At the end of the morning they were presented with a certificate for taking part in the event, which is now on display in the trophy cabinet at Lea Forest so everybody can see it.

"It was the greatest time of my life." - David Yr5

"I was really happy to see our work on display." Danielle Yr5

"It was epic! and I really want to go again." Connor Yr5

"I was really excited to see our work on display." Zahra Yr5

Our children really enjoyed the visit to Selfridges and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that organised the project. They were delighted to see they're finished work on display in the centre of Birmingham.

Lea Forest shares good practice at LLN-Birmingham

posted 24 Mar 2015, 14:55 by J Croxon [ updated 24 Mar 2015, 14:55 ]

Last week Mr Croxon and Mrs Sparkes presented a short film to the leading leaders group at Topcliffe Primary School. We had the opportunity to talk about our innovative practice with IPads, Apple expert Joe Morretti and our fantastic digital leaders. You can see our video presentation here.

Pyjama day raises £350.45 for Comic Relief

posted 14 Feb 2015, 17:27 by J Croxon [ updated 3 Mar 2015, 13:15 ]

We decided to start our fund raising early and have had a fantastic start raising £350.45 for Comic Relief! Let's keep it going and break our record.

Lea Forest - Birmingham Evening Mail Rating

posted 13 Sep 2014, 07:35 by J Croxon [ updated 26 Feb 2016, 15:26 ]

The Birmingham Evening Mail has analysed all the local government data to bring you the rundown on your local primary schools. Lea Forest Academy was put into focus to show its scores in relation to other schools in the area. You can also see how the primary school compares against other schools across England. Data is available on pupils attainment, average grades, the quality of the teaching and when the school was lasted inspected. The teacher to pupil ratio is also a good indication of the focus your child will get. Plus we can show how many full-time teachers there are at the school.

To see how well we faired please click on the link

CBBC Joke Machine - Aired 10/06/14

posted 13 Sep 2014, 07:35 by J Croxon [ updated 26 Feb 2016, 15:26 ]

Our amazing Yr6's have been on a TV adventure their first episode of CBBC's Joke Machine aired today and saw several of our children take part in a joke battle with another primary school. You can watch the episode on the BBC IPlayer here.

Yr4 Fete raises £216.81p for Cancer Research and Oxfam

posted 23 May 2014, 18:56 by J Croxon [ updated 14 Aug 2014, 13:28 ]

Our amazing Yr4's have planned, organised and run a summer fete in there classrooms today and raised an amazing £216.81p for charity! The children made cakes, created games and ran bring and buy stalls, throughout the day. Miss Warwick and Miss Jones would like to pass on their thanks to all of our children for helping to raise the money today.

Celebrating Sporting Achievement

posted 20 May 2014, 20:54 by J Croxon

These students have had a busy weekend, playing in an under 9's tournament at the nearby Aston Villa stadium and winning a few trophies as well. Congratulations from all at Lea Forest!

Even our Key Stage 1 children are getting involved in sport with a few of our Year 2 boys taking up cricket at the nearby Coleshill Cricket Club. Keep up the great work boys!

Lea Forest Raised £345.69 for Autism Awareness

posted 29 Apr 2014, 21:33 by J Croxon

Lea Forest's fund raising events last term have raised a total of £345.69 has been raised for Autism awareness. Huge thanks to everyone that helped raise money.

Lea Forest Raises £715.87 for Sport Relief

posted 31 Mar 2014, 20:26 by J Croxon [ updated 31 Mar 2014, 20:26 ]

£715.87 reasons why you've all done brilliantly for Sport Relief! We walked, ran, jumped and jogged our way around the mile, we've been on the television and we are thrilled to say that our children have raised £715.87 for Sport Relief 2014. A huge thank you to all the children, parents and staff for their time, support and donations.

Belf visit Lea Forest

posted 19 Mar 2014, 17:45 by J Croxon [ updated 19 Mar 2014, 17:45 ]

This afternoon I was treated to some time in a Year 5 classroom, in Lea Forest Academy, to see what pupils were doing with their new iPads. And it was a treat as well! Real enthusiasm and engagement was displayed and pupils were very keen to tell me how they were using them at home - both for school work and for fun- and how they photographed teacher resources so they could review them in their own time. There are great plans for embedding the iPads into home / school, learning and for flipping the classroom so we look forward to going back in the summer term to see how things are progressing. Thank you Miss Terry for letting me into your classroom and thank you to all the pupils for sharing their work with me.

Ruth Gardiner - Birmingham E-Learning Foundation

Ready, set, LEG IT for Sport Relief!

posted 5 Mar 2014, 21:22 by J Croxon [ updated 6 Mar 2014, 19:58 ]

Today, Wednesday 5th March, 90 very brave children from three very brave Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) schools took on a challenge like no other.

Four Dwellings Academy, Lea Forest Primary Academy and Montgomery Primary Academy swapped the books for the brawn as they competed in the UK’s very first 31-legged race at the Birmingham NEC – all in the name of Sport Relief.

Inspired by a competition craze that has swept Japan, the race gave the popular playground game a super-sized upgrade, with an incredible 30 children running with their legs tied.

After weeks of training and practice, the race was started today by Bobby White (team GB handball captain for London 2012 Olympics) as each school took to the floor in an attempt to reach the final.

Cheered on by friends, teachers and Blue Peter presenters no less, Montgomery Primary Academy and Four Dwellings Academy pipped Lea Forest Primary Academy to the post by a mere 10 seconds.

Both schools will now compete in the competition’s final – supported by children from Lea Forest Primary Academy – which will feature on BBC One’s Sport Relief Games Show on Sunday 23rd March.

Blue Peter presenter, Radzi Chinyanganya said: “A 31-legged race is no mean feat, the schools have only had six weeks to train. All the teams have been working incredibly hard but it's definitely paid off. It’s easily as tough as a Blue Peter challenge and what an honour it’s been to be part of it! Well done, everyone!”

Sunaia Mohamed, 10, from Montgomery Primary Academy said: “I’m so happy we’re through to the final! I love Sport Relief and it’s been really fun to be part of it. It was really hard at first and we had to practice loads but it was so fun in the end! I hope all schools do their bit now – although not many people can say they’ve done a 31-legged race!”

Schools can join in the fun and games too by organising their own Sainsbury’s Sport Relief event on Friday 21st March.

And children and families across the country can also take part in the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games by running different distances and raising money to help change lives

Birmingham Mail - Success Stories 23/1/14

posted 22 Jan 2014, 20:21 by J Croxon [ updated 22 Jan 2014, 20:21 ]

Lea Forest was chosen for the Birmingham Mail feature - Success Stories on the 23/1/14

You can read the full article from the Evening Mail from Thursday 23rd of January

Birmingham Mail_23-01-2014_B_007_BBM1ST.pdf

Pudsey presented with a cheque for £23,795

posted 22 Jan 2014, 20:01 by J Croxon

Lea Forest was delighted to welcome Pudsey Bear to the academy today to receive a cheque from the Academies Enterprise Trust for £23,795. Pudsey had time to meet the children in Year 1 and Miss Gill who helped Lea Forest make and sell Pudsey Cookies. He then went on to visit our Early Years Department and saw all of the children in Nursery, Mr Haw's and Mrs Newton's class.

Thanks for visiting us Pudsey!

Team Lea Forest Raises over £400 for Movember!

posted 2 Dec 2013, 19:04 by J Croxon [ updated 2 Dec 2013, 19:04 ]

Children and staff took part in a big shave off to celebrate raising £405 for the Movember appeal. Mr Haw was delighted with the success and praised staff and children for helping to raise awareness and money for this great cause.

Lea Forest Staff Raise £50.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support

posted 5 Nov 2013, 18:52 by J Croxon

Our staff have raised £50.00 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thank you to Mrs Hudson for the great cakes.

Darla Wins Cadbury World Competiton

posted 23 Oct 2013, 11:00 by J Croxon

Darla from 5BS has won a great competition, she created a great picture of the famous Cadbury building in Bournville, Birmingham. As part of her prize Darla received a pack of colours, a Coco Beanie Teddy Bear and a great certificate. Well Done Darla from all at Lea Forest

Birmingham Evening Mail - 11th March 2013 - World Book Day Dressing Up

posted 5 Aug 2013, 15:11 by Web Admin [ updated 5 Aug 2013, 15:11 ]