The Laidlaw Schools Trust (LST) is a successful Multi-Academy Trust which was established on 24th May 2012. The new Trust developed from the single Excelsior Academy Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, which was formed on 8th March 2006. The financial statements of the Trust are available from the LST website.
Presently the Laidlaw Schools Trust has three academies:-
Excelsior Academy, which opened in September 2008 and is an All Age (3- 19) Academy.
Atkinson Road Primary Academy, a local and feeder Primary Academy for Excelsior Academy with two forms of entry for pupils aged 4 – 11 which joined the Laidlaw Schools Trust on 1st June 2012.
Thomas Walling, a local Primary Academy with two forms of entry for pupils aged 2-11 which joined the Laidlaw Schools Trust on 1st April 2014.
Academy 360 in Sunderland is the city’s first all-through academy providing education for pupils aged from 4 to 16.
Westgate Hill Primary Academy has been at the heart of the Arthur’s Hill community in Newcastle for 120 years, educating nearly 750 pupils from one of the UK’s most ethnically diverse areas.
The Sunderland primary academy is home to 334 pupils aged between two and 11 drawn from the surrounding Pennywell, Highfield, Pallion and Ford Estate areas, with 34 staff teaching children from nursery years upwards.