Our mission, quite simply, is to put students at the centre of everything we do. We want every student to achieve their academic potential and grow in confidence as future leaders.


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Welcome to our Trust

Where achievement, students and leaders matter

At Northern Leaders Trust, we are dedicated to our vision of putting students at the centre of everything we do. We are committed to all students achieving their potential. We are inclusive and embrace collaboration over competition to help remove barriers to learning.

We believe that everyone can be a leader and our academies offer a diverse range of opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills within and beyond the classroom.

We are a values-driven employer that supports our staff with high quality professional development and opportunities to become a leader in their chosen field.

Lee Kirtley | Chief Executive Officer

We are excited about the future for Northern Leaders Trust and the potential for growth. We have a strong leadership and central services team, and are indebted to our Trust Board which provides strategic direction and holds us to account. We are proud of our schools and are committed to providing an excellent education for the children in our communities.

Whether you’re a parent, a prospective candidate or another educational establishment, we hope you enjoy finding out more about us on our website or in our Trust brochure. We warmly welcome visitors to any of our schools – please get in touch if you would like to arrange a visit.


Inspired leadership

We are relentless in our quest to remove all barriers to students’ learning. We ensure that the vision and values of our Trust are ‘lived’ by the school community.


Meticulous about outcomes

We focus on improving a wide range of academic and social outcomes. We ensure no stone is left unturned in our quest for all students to progress from our Trust with the appropriate qualifications and interpersonal skills they need to have a successful future.


Positive learning attitudes

Our academies create a culture where success is celebrated, and students want to attend and give their best in every lesson. We also celebrate achievements outside of the core school day.


Accountable and compliant

We embrace our accountability. We acknowledge responsibility for the decisions we make and the actions we take.


Curriculum and teaching

All students, regardless of ability, have equal access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Through the Trust model for GREAT teaching, all teachers work collaboratively to ensure every minute of every lesson is focused on students making exceptional progress.


Together, we’re better

All members of the Trust community understand that working together makes us stronger. Meaningful collaboration improves all aspects of our work and ultimately leads to a better quality of education for all students. All staff members freely share their time and knowledge to help one another.

Joining our Trust

By joining Northern Leaders Trust, we can work together to shape a brighter future for your school and the young people and their families in your local community. If your vision and values are in line with ours and you would like to find out more, we’d love to hear from you.

Give us a call on 0191 214 2201 or email [email protected]

Our students are challenged to adapt, problem-solve, and sustain resilience in a fast-changing world.



Our schools are rich in diversity and culture. Our fantastic students make our academies brilliant and inclusive places in which to learn and achieve. 


Our teachers are highly skilled and passionate about providing high-quality education and ensuring our students have the best possible chances of success both while at school and in the future.


Along with a wealth of academic opportunities, our learners benefit from a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These are designed to help them grow into socially responsible and caring citizens.


We want our students to be the very best possible version of themselves. We are driven to enable all of our students to be individuals, who can make a positive contribution to their local and wider communities.

trust testimonials

  • We are a very student centred school that is proud to be part of Northern Leaders Trust and the decisions that are made at both Trust and School level, are all made in the best interests of the students.
    Martyn Gordon
    Associate Executive Principal, Studio West
  • Our priority is to provide a safe, secure and engaging learning environment – one that is inclusive, ambitious and challenging. Being part of Northern Leaders Trust enables us to do just that.

    Sinead Green
    Principal, Kenton School
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