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Here at The St Leonards Academy we have a clear vision of what creates successful learners. And we know how to implement it.

Our students are enthusiastic about learning; because we make sure we supply excellent teaching and exceptional pastoral care.

They have opportunities galore to develop life skills through our enrichment programme that offers everything from rock-climbing to formal debating.

Above all, they take pride in themselves, their school and their learning. Our PRIDE values - potential, respect, integrity, determination, excellence - run through everything we do.

Come and see our pride at work

Jon Francies | Lead Principal

We will be running open events at our academy in the Autumn term for children starting secondary school in September 2023.   Our open events provide parents and carers with an opportunity to see the fantastic facilities and opportunities available, meet teachers and pupils and take a tour. 

You can contact us with any questions or register to be notified of future open events. 

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We have high expectations for every single student. We value each of our students’ unique set of talents and give them the personal level of support they need to succeed.

How do we do this? With heads of year, student wellbeing officers, tutors and student leaders we make sure every student knows what they’re capable of.

We challenge them with activities specifically geared to their level and interests. And we work with you, their parents and carers, to help them to reach their goals. Success is celebrated and rewarded whenever possible. There's even an app that awards ‘Pride Pounds’.

For those who show exceptional academic ability, we offer the Villiers Park Scholars Programme which helps students to successfully prepare for entry to top universities.

At every step, we consider the health and wellbeing of our students. Happy students make for a happy school.

Our lessons benefit from our purpose-built school with classrooms that are designed with today’s learners in mind and facilities that give students exceptional learning opportunities.

Whatever specific learning needs a student might have, we believe in challenging them to reach their potential and have the necessary support staff to make this happen.

Our curriculum encourages students to challenge themselves. It provides an all-round education that creates independent thinkers and learners; people with the grit and determination they need to succeed in the wider world.

Classes are full of debate and enquiry as students develop their own thoughts and ideas.

In addition, our personal development lessons encourage our students to reflect on non-academic areas, such as their independence or how they have contributed to school life. We believe this helps them to develop into responsible citizens, well prepared for life beyond school.

We work closely with the local community and businesses to provide ‘real-life learning’ as part of our future employability and careers programme.

We also believe sport is crucial for physical and mental health, and encourage students to take part in individual and team sports in our excellent facilities.

Subjects on offer

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

We provide a solid foundation in the core subjects of English, maths and science. Our students also benefit from outstanding learning opportunities in humanities, languages, arts subjects and design technology.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

We guide students to select a range of subjects to study to exam level. In addition to the core subjects of English language and literature, maths, science (including biology, chemistry and physics), physical education and personal development and study skills, we offer the subjects listed on the right.

Key Stage 4 optional subjects

  • Computer science
  • Information technology
  • French 
  • Spanish
  • Geography 
  • History 
  • Art, craft and design
  • Business and enterprise
  • Dance   
  • Resistant materials 
  • Drama
  • Food preparation and nutrition 
  • Music
  • Sociology
  • Religion, philosophy and ethics

We are part of the University of Brighton Academies Trust. A family of 15 infant, primary and secondary schools in Sussex, all graded as Good or Outstanding by Ofsted.

Excellence, innovation and integrity are the values that guide us. We support each other, sharing insights and best practice so we never stop improving.  Our mission is to deliver the best possible education for your child.

Being part of the Trust links us to the University of Brighton: a trusted education provider. We work closely with the University’s School of Education which Ofsted has judged as Outstanding for its teacher training programmes.