Lydiard Park Academy has been extremely successful since becoming an academy and in 2015 achieved record results at GCSE with 67% of pupils achieving 5 or more A* to C grades including English and Math – putting it top of the league table for secondary schools in the Swindon area.
Over the last year the academy has received considerable encouragement from the Department of Education to share the successful practice that has been developed.
In answer to this the Governing Body have taken the decision to formally apply for a new status that it believes is the next stage in the success of the academy – to become the founding school in a new Multi Academy Trust.
This new arrangement will help LPA use its proven expertise to improve the leadership, management and educational standards at other schools in the area that join the Trust – in effect turning these other schools into sister schools to LPA.
At present, LPA is a single school without any formal links to any other educational establishment. This is known as a stand alone academy trust and the majority of secondary schools in England are presently in the same position.
However, things are changing and recent government announcements have encouraged successful, high achieving schools to consider taking formal responsibility for other schools that could learn and benefit from their expertise and experience. This arrangement is known as a MAT.
Increasingly, educationalists believe that, over the next few years, all schools will have to be part of an arrangement like this, so that weaker schools have a formal support mechanism and stronger schools are obligated to spread their positive influence.
In creating its own MAT, Lydiard Park Academy would become what is known as an Academy Sponsor.
This would give LPA the opportunity to increase the number of pupils that would benefit from the successful approaches they have embedded by ‘sponsoring’ another school. This would involve using their expertise to improve the leadership, management and educational standards at this second school – in effect turning it into a sister school to LPA. In addition to improving the prospects for a significant number of pupils this would also bring benefits for both schools.