Please note, Year 11 Parents Evening moved to Thursday 27th April from 4 till 6.30pm. Year 8 Curriculum information and Parent's Evening on Thursday 20th April, with a short presentation at 4.30pm and 5.30pm. Appointments with teaching staff available from 4 till 6.30pm



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:


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.

SHLA Students Celebrate Best Results for Three Years!

Sir Herbert Leon Academy students are celebrating the best Year 11 results for three years. The number of students achieving C grades in both English and Maths GCSE (Basics Measure) has doubled and our vocational results have increased significantly.

Our highest performing Year 11 students were  Raihaan Ali who secured 6 A*s, 3 As and 1 B grade,  Cameron Sinclair who secured 2 A*, 2 As and 6 B grades, Rahima Hussain who secured 4 As, 5 Bs and 1 C grade and Dorina Csorba who gained 2 A*s, 3 As and 4 Bs. We wish all of these students great success in their Post-16 studies.

Principal, Dr Jo Trevenna, says “After a period of change and instability, Sir Herbert Leon Academy has made significant improvements this year. I am very proud of our students and staff – this is a wonderful school community. Whilst we still have a lot to do, I am delighted to say that Leon is getting back to its best.”


Post-16 students at Sir Herbert Leon Academy have secured some outstanding results this summer.  The

vocational programme continues to flourish with students studying on the Level 3 BTEC Performing Arts, BTEC Media, BTEC Sport and BTEC ICT programmes achieving incredible results.


One of our top performing students, Bryony Jones, secured triple Distinction* in Sport and is moving on to study Sport & Exercise Science at the University of Bedfordshire.  Other vocational successes include Zoe Ashe who secured a double Distinction* and Distinction in Performing Arts and Gulum Kibria who secured a triple Distinction* in ICT. These students have worked extremely hard to secure these highest possible grades.

We are also proud to say that our fledgling A level cohort have secured some excellent grades with Michal Mazur achieving an A grade in A Level Polish, Maria Giaso securing an A grade in A Level Greek, Anna Loftus securing a B in French and Sola Hamza achieving a B in Sociology. As the cohort grows, we will see more and more students achieving these top grades.

Many of our Year 13 cohort have secured places at various universities around the country. Commenting on their successes, Director of Post-16, Faye Causer, says ‘I am extremely pleased with the efforts and the commitment shown by the students. They all have bright futures ahead and I wish them the very best of luck.’


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!

  Welcome to the Sir Herbert Leon Academy

Principal’s Welcome

We have started the new academic year strongly following our best set of results in three years. We have doubled our Basics measure of English & Maths GCSE grade C and above and we have seen a significant increase in the number of students staying with us into sixth form.

After a period of instability at the Academy, I am pleased to say that our journey of improvement is well underway.  We have been joined by some outstanding teachers who will help us ensure that our Year 11 and sixth form students achieve even better results next summer. We are committed to providing a well-rounded curriculum, inspiring and effective teaching, supportive structures and a positive environment for our learners.

Dr. Jo Trevenna

Dr. Jo Trevenna

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