The Trust has 2 academies:
TENNYSON ROAD PRIMARY SCHOOL
The Trust was incorporated in June 2019 with Tennyson Road Primary School as the founder member of the multi-academy trust. The school has a long and distinguished reputation as a National Support School for school improvement and collaboration. In the past, the school provided outstanding 4-11 provision, leading curriculum development and continuing staff development for Luton primary schools and others in the region, including some academy trusts and chains.
The local authority, Luton Borough Council, expanded Tennyson Road to 3 form entry following its outstanding Ofsted judgement in 2014. The school, based on two sites, continues to be judged as outstanding and has sustained outstanding outcomes for pupils, and this provides an impressive base for further growth.
In January 2020, the Trust resolved to consult regarding the 'de-amalgamation' of the Tennyson sites to form 2 academies. An application has been approved by the DfE for this significant change. This means that from September 2022, applications for admissions would require parents and carers to express a preference for one or other or both of the 'Tennyson' schools.
LIME TREE PRIMARY ACADEMY
On 1 March 2021, Hawthorn Park Community Primary in Houghton Regis, joined the Trust. Hawthorn Park, previously maintained by Central Bedfordshire Council, became the second academy within our primary Trust, joining Tennyson Road Primary School, which achieves quite remarkable outcomes.
We believe that this new partnership and our shared ambition, will build upon the improvements already achieved by both schools. We believe that they will be stronger together as we aim to ensure that the very best teaching and learning delivers outstanding results. The Trust Board is supporting the school’s local governing body with elected parent and staff governors, and existing co-opted governors were invited to join the new local board to provide continuity for the school. Hawthorn Park was originally a lower school for the 5 to 9 age range (year one to year 4) and the Council expanded this to the 4 to 11 age range (Reception to year 6), with a Nursery provision.
The trust has received a significant capital grant from the DfE to refurbish and reconfigure the layout of the school, including addressing much needed upgrades to the time-expired roofs and windows at the school. The improvements include a new early years provision for nursery and reception children.
Staff, pupils and parents were consulted on the decision to change the school name, to celebrate the fresh start for the school. the name Lime Tree Primary Academy was chosen.