A Successful Ofsted Inspection Recognises Huge Improvements at SHLA

Dear Parent/Carer

We wanted to write at our earliest opportunity about the recent Ofsted report which has just been published following a recent two day inspection.

We are delighted to let you know that the Academy has been removed from the special measures category. As you will know from Dr Trevenna, Ofsted has recognised the significant progress that has been made at Sir Herbert Leon over the last two years, with three of the five areas inspected now graded as “Good”; these are the Leadership and Management of the Academy; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare, and 16-19 programmes (Post-16 provision).


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AET CEO Julian Drinkall visits SHLA

On Friday 9th March, staff and students at the academy were delighted to welcome the CEO of AET, Julian Drinkall, to SHLA. During his visit, Julian celebrated the achievements of our students in a special awards ceremony. In addition, he was impressed by the work of our young Sports Leaders who were busy organising a range of sporting events for younger year groups. Julian also witnessed the hard work of our Year 11 Catering students as they work towards their final exams. Commenting on Julian's visit, Principal, Jo Trevenna, said, 'We are always keen to show off the great work and commitment of our staff and students. Julian was keen to answer any questions the students had about his role and he encouraged them to continue working hard and to aspire to be successful at the academy and beyond.'

Genocide Memorial Day and Silent Soldier Unveiling

Sir Herbert Leon Academy held its annual Genocide Memorial Day, and dedicated its Silent Soldier statue. This event was attended not just by the school’s own students but also schools across Milton Keynes, Bucks and Northants. Also attending was local MP Iain Stewart, Mayor of Milton Keynes Cllr Martin Petchey and Beverley Perin, Chair of Governors.

Sponsored by Remembering Srebrenica and the Holocaust Educational Trust, speakers included those who have had personal experience of genocide, and their stories explain the effect that it has had on them, their families, and their friends.

The most obvious example of genocide in the 20th Century was, of course, the Holocaust and representing that generation was Harry Olmer, a holocaust survivor. Paul Salver, History Teacher and organiser of this event commented “The remaining survivors are, of course, now well into their 80s and 90s, and for our current students this may well be the last time that they will hear the very emotional and moving testimony of one of these remarkable individuals and the very powerful message that he expressed.”

“Sadly, there have been later instances of genocide, such as in Rwanda, Bosnia and latterly in Syria.  Representing more recent events we had two speakers –
Lejla Damon and Professor Jon Silverman - relating their very personal experiences of the conflict in Bosnia."


We would just like to remind all parents/guardians that the expected attendance for each student is 95% and above.  If your child has an attendance of below 90% they are classed as a Persistent absence, which would result in fines and legal sanctions having to take place. 

Holidays will not be authorised at SHLA and could result in a Fixed Penalty Fine if taken within term time.

Absences for birthdays will not be authorised under any circumstances.

General doctors and dentist appointments should be made outside of the school day where necessary, and a whole day off for these appointments will not be authorised.  If you need to take your child out of school for an appointment, proof must be shown and your child must be in school before and after the appointment.

Any hospital or orthodontic appointment letter must be shown to Mrs Bright, Attendance Manager, and the whole day of absence will not be authorised unless the appointment is outside of MK, or your child is undergoing some type of procedure.

We thank you for your support with your child's attendance at SHLA.

Sports Minister Tracey Crouch visits Sir Herbert Leon



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.