February Half-Term Revision Update

posted 13 Feb 2019, 01:30 by John Newman

Dear Parent/Carer


There are just thirteen weeks before the commencement of the GCSE exams and students and staff are working hard to make preparations for these. I have been really impressed by the work ethic of our year 11s and their resilience. Year 11 is never an easy year and undoubtedly, some of our students are finding its demands challenging and tiring. To this end, we will be offering some half term revision opportunities to support students with their understanding and retention. Sessions start at 9.30 in the morning, allowing for that all important later get up and afternoon sessions run until 3.00pm. As the school site will undergo general maintenance at this time, entrance to the school will be via the leisure centre and students should make their way to classroom areas as advised by teaching staff and be certain to sign in and out as they come and leave, so we are aware of their whereabouts. The timetable for revision is below:


Mon 18th Feb

Tues 19th Feb

Wed 20th Feb

Thur 21st Feb

Fri 22nd Feb

AM (9.30-12.00)




English Papers 2, Q4 and 5









PM (12.30 - 3.00)





I will be in touch again in the new term, to advise of Easter revision sessions. We have sourced some external companies to run English, Maths and Geography sessions during this time. Please do encourage your Son/Daughter to attend the relevant sessions. Students can of course, continue to access Hegarty for their online maths tuition.


If you have any further enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact me


Kindest Regards


Wendy Ainsworth

Vice Principal: Curriculum, Assessment, Learning & Teaching

SHL Academy Construction Workshop back in action

posted 10 Dec 2018, 10:08 by John Newman   [ updated 10 Dec 2018, 10:12 ]

Students given insight to construction industry through John Sisk & Son led refurb

Monday 10th December 2018:  
Sir Herbert Leon Academy (SHL Academy) has celebrated the reopening of its construction workshop, thanks to the help and support of leading construction firm John Sisk & Son and its supply chain partners. SHL Academy is part of AET, the largest academy trust in the country.

The newly refurbished workshop was officially opened by the Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Martin Petchey and Stephen Bowcott, CEO of John Sisk & Son.

John Sisk & Son first engaged with the SHL Academy in Milton Keynes in December 2017. The construction workshop was in need of repair and all related courses had been closed some years ago.

The project delivered involved a total of 25 workers on site and included installing new walls, floor topping, new carpets, new staircase, new heating and cooling system, new kitchen, work benches, lockers, new windows and external doors. The most outstanding features of this project are a new staircase and new moveable walls that allow for more work space as and when required for the students.

Speaking at the event Stephen Bowcott, CEO of John Sisk & Son said:

“At Sisk we are very proud to celebrate this completed project between ourselves and SHL Academy, who have been a pleasure to work with. Immediately, we wanted Sisk to be part of the success story, working with the Academy to breathe new life into the workshop and create a platform for the pupils to join our Industry. Our people are at the heart of our business and this new workshop marks a fantastic achievement by all involved in the project.”

Dr. Jo Trevenna, Principal, Sir Herbert Leon Academy said:

“This project typifies our determination to offer our students a range of high quality vocational as well as academic pathways. The exceptional workmanship of the refurbishment sets the highest standards and increases expectations of what our students can achieve. In addition, our students will benefit significantly from understanding and accessing future pathways that may lead to successful and satisfying careers within the construction industry. At SHL Academy, we are committed to providing an education that helps our students go on to lead remarkable lives, and by working with organisations like Sisk, we can offer genuinely life-changing opportunities for our students. ”

It is also very fitting that carpentry & joinery apprentices from John Sisk & Son’s own joinery training centre in Dublin have contributed to this project, making some fantastic quality work benches, lockers and storage units.

Mr Bowcott added: “At Sisk we have a passion and desire to raise the profile of construction as a career of choice for youngsters. We have a great history investing in apprentices and our fantastic graduate development programme and we are keen to go deeper – work closely with schools and share what exciting, rewarding careers are available. This facility will create a positive environment and a stepping stone for the students in the school to a career in our construction industry.”

Thanks also go to the John Sisk & Son supply chain partners who worked hard to make this project happen who donated their time and services.

They are:

  • Atlantic Joinery (part of the Masterson Holdings group) Michael Masterson Senior and Mickey Masterson

  • Designer Group- Nick Baish, UK MD & Mick Stone

  • Fomac- Labour agency – John Foley, Director

  • Brajeff Flooring- Gary Brazowski, Director/Owmner

  • Everglade (Windows & doors) - Jayesh Hirani, Ravji Patel - Directors/Owners

  • Artisan Plastercraft - Michael Arney – MD

  • Cousins Group (Painting) - Ben Doherty MD. Tony Wilkinson - Contracts Director


About John Sisk & Son (Holdings) Ltd

John Sisk & Son is an innovative, international, engineering and construction company. It is a progressive business with long term vision, operating since 1859. Sisk is Ireland’s leading provider of construction services with extensive operations across Ireland, the United Kingdom and mainland Europe.  

Animal Care Centre Update

posted 25 Sep 2018, 06:01 by John Newman   [ updated 25 Sep 2018, 06:09 ]

The Animal Care Centre @ SHLA are pleased to share the pictures of our latest arrivals to the team:

Chickens are named Vera and Ethel; rabbits are Bobbi and Basil. Guinea pigs will be named this week.

A Successful Ofsted Inspection Recognises Huge Improvements at SHLA

posted 25 Sep 2018, 02:23 by John Newman   [ updated 27 Sep 2018, 01:14 ]

26 September 2018

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).

The report points to a number of very positive developments at the academy:

• Dr Trevenna’s resolute and determined leadership, and that together with her senior team, she has led significant improvements in the quality of education;

• Pupils’ good behaviour in lessons, breaks and lunchtime;

• An improvement in the quality and consistency of teaching, particularly in English and Maths. Teaching in the sixth form is also singled out as being particularly strong;

• Progress of pupils who have low prior attainment, Special Educational Needs and disabilities;

• The academy’s broad and balanced curriculum, and noting pupils’ strong progress in a range of vocational subjects;

• Well-considered changes made to the school’s governance by Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), including introducing far greater educational expertise on the Local Governing Body (LGB) which has contributed to the academy’s rapid improvement; and

• The support and challenge provided by AET in a number of ways, including dedicated support from the national education team, and the addition of two AET Heads and Safeguarding lead sitting on the LGB.

We are delighted that the impact of improvements made has been formally noted by Ofsted. This is a significant achievement, but we are clear about the areas that need further development at Sir Herbert Leon, notably:

• Further improving the quality and consistency of teaching and ensuring that all pupils are given work that is demanding and meets their needs;

• Further improving outcomes so that all pupils – particularly the most disadvantaged pupils, boys and the most able – make the progress that they should; and

• Continuing to focus on improving attendance.

Overall, the Academy has been graded as “Requires Improvement” in recognition of the further work that needs to be done, and we want to reassure you that working with Dr Trevenna, we have a clear plan of action to make these improvements at pace so that the academy provides the very best education for each and every child.

As part of the new leadership team – as the Chair of Governors and the National Director of Secondary Schools with AET - we would like to stress in particular our own personal commitment to supporting Sir Herbert Leon through this next, exciting phase in its development.

Yours sincerely

David Hatchett --- Beverley Perin

National Director of Secondary Schools --- Chair of Governors

Academies Enterprise Trust Sir Herbert --- Leon Academy

Leon Animal Care - GoFundMe

posted 20 Sep 2018, 05:38 by John Newman   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 05:39 ]

At Sir Herbert Leon Academy we are keen to offer our students the experience of looking after, nurturing and caring for animals. We believe that these skills help our students to develop an understanding of the world around them and to be a responsible individual. Our students are keen to offer other young people, who are less fortunate than themselves, the opportunity to come in and spend time with the animals. This fund will help enable us to offer opportunities to local charities, hospitals, hospices and schools.  Please support us. Any donations will be used to support the maintenance of the animals, enable outreach work such as covering the cost of staffing the facility. A £5 donation will feed our two goats, Keith and Gary, for two weeks. A £2 donation will feed Oscar, one of our rescue rabbits, for a week.

Year 7 Open Evening for September 2019 Entry

posted 20 Sep 2018, 05:31 by John Newman   [ updated 20 Sep 2018, 05:31 ]

Working in partnership with parents

posted 18 Sep 2018, 07:11 by John Newman   [ updated 18 Sep 2018, 23:33 ]

6th form beginning of term start times

posted 29 Aug 2018, 04:03 by John Newman   [ updated 29 Aug 2018, 04:03 ]

Tuesday 4th September - 8.45am start for a 9am assembly in Theatre for all year 13 students

Wednesday 5th September - 11.05am start for an 11.15am assembly in Theatre for all year 12 students

SHLA Students Rise to the Challenge

posted 23 Aug 2018, 05:31 by John Newman   [ updated 23 Aug 2018, 05:32 ]

Despite the national switch to more difficult qualifications, students at Sir Herbert Leon Academy have risen to the challenge. In addition to individual success stories, SHLA is celebrating outstanding results in Health and Social Care and Sport, with Distinction- now the average grade in these two subjects. The average points in Geography, Product Design, Catering have also improved from 2017.

Carina Scarlata is the academy’s top achieving student, with her success including four grade 8s in English and English Literature,
Science and Computing. Exceptional linguist, Lauren Jeffrey, is the first student for many years to secure top grades (equivalent to A*, A and B) in three foreign languages that she only started at secondary school: French, Spanish and Japanese.
Commenting on the academy results, Wendy Ainsworth, Vice Principal, says ‘We are very pleased for our students. They have worked extremely hard and have reaped the rewards.’

SHLA Post-16 Students Celebrate Results

posted 16 Aug 2018, 03:55 by John Newman   [ updated 16 Aug 2018, 03:57 ]

With every student that applied securing their first choice course at university, Post-16 students at Sir Herbert Leon Academy have been celebrating their results. 

Students on the BTEC Pathways in Sport and Health & Social Care secured some outstanding results with top achievers including Dorcas Macanda-Siliyo who secured a double Distinction in Health & Social Care and is continuing her studies at De Montfort University studying Health and Wellbeing in Society. Dru Blackman achieved the equivalent of four A-Levels, including Distinction Merit in Sport.

Our first year of Criminology has proved a huge success with a 100% pass rate. 40% of these grades were A to B grades. Hazera Begum, Olly Ward and Afrida Rashid Etu all achieved an A grade.

SHLA’s inclusive Post-16 curriculum offers Level 2 courses which have been very successful this year. The one year Public Services course has enabled many students to continue their studies at SHLA to do either a Level 3 pathway or our brand new Animal Care or Construction course.

The second year of the SHLA partnership with MK Dons SET programme yielded many impressive results with both Taylor Brown and Luke Payne achieving a Distinction Distinction Merit. Taylor will be attending Southampton Solent University, studying Football Studies, whilst Luke will be studying Sport, Coaching and Physical Education at Plymouth Marjon University.

Commenting on the MK Dons SET results, Faye Causer, Vice Principal, says ‘The partnership work between SHLA and MK Dons SET goes from strength to strength. Students achieve impressive academic results and benefit from top class coaching and 3G astroturf facilities as well as excellent support for higher education and sporting careers.’

Other students who have achieved their first choice university places include Taylor Currant who will be reading Creative Writing and English Literature at London Metropolitan University, Michal Mazur who will be studying Computing and Data Science at the University of Bedfordshire, Antonio Riccardi will be studying Sports Therapy at University of Bedfordshire, Lewis Williams is studying Sports Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire and Joshua Ashe will be studying Sports Psychology at Buckinghamshire New University.

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