Sir Herbert Leon Academy

Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

Location: Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 18 years

About Sir Herbert Leon Academy

At Sir Herbert Leon Academy we care about and are totally committed to each and every student’s academic success, personal well-being and preparation for the future. We are proud to be an inclusive community school which welcomes all cultures, faiths and beliefs. Our core purpose is to enable all young people to have the opportunities to make exceptional progress both academically and in their life outside of the classroom so that they are able to live fulfilling and successful lives. Our commitment to Self-management, Teamwork, Reflective and Independent learning, Participation and Experimental thinking underpin everything that we do. 

We value

  • Being ambitious and always expecting the highest standards.
  • Empowering students to make decisions about their subsequent education and their future lives.
  • Intellectual curiosity, creativity and independent learning.
  • Creative and stimulating learning and teaching environments in which each and every student feels safe and secure to express themselves and fulfil their optimum potential.
  • ​A broad and exciting curriculum that stretches all our students and enables them to achieve, develop and extend their life skills.
  • Creating a calm and structured environment in which positive relationships flourish.
  • Working in partnership with parents/carers; encouraging them to be actively involved in their child's education.
  • Developing our students’ appreciation and respect for others as well as for themselves.
  • Reflecting regularly on our school’s strengths and areas for development in order to continue to thrive.

GCSE students at Sir Herbert Leon Academy are celebrating the academy’s best results for 4 years. SHLA has seen improvements in many areas, with English and Maths Basics measure increasing despite the more challenging GCSE courses.  Student Mahima Begum secured an impressive grade 9 in Maths alongside a whole series of top GCSE grades include A grades in History, Science and grades 6 in both English and English Literature.

Staff at Sir Herbert Leon Academy are very proud of their students’ results this year. Commenting on the progress SHLA is making, Wendy Ainsworth, Vice Principal, says ‘Our students are amazing. They worked extremely hard, particularly in their final year, and are reaping the rewards. We are delighted that so many of them are staying on to study with us in Sixth Form. These latest improvements show that the academy is getting stronger despite the more challenging qualifications.’

Our Curriculum

New Curriculum Structure – Yr 7-11

We are shifting from a two-week timetable to a one-week timetable and from 30 lessons per week to 25 to enable greater in-depth study and subject mastery.  Throughout Yr 7-11 we operate a Red and Blue Band timetabling structure, with students assigned for either Red or Blue Bands for particular subjects. There are more students in Red Band than Blue Band to personalise learning programmes.

To view our curriculum across the year please click  here 


We are currently judged to be 'requires improvement' following our full inspection in September 2018. To view all our Ofsted reports please click  here 

Our Trust 

We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.  

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national network of 58 primary, secondary and special schools across England. Our schools are located across England including the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, London, West of England, Kent and the South Coast.

As  the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan, vehicle affinity scheme, childcare vouchers and Westfield rewards.

As the largest MAT across England we work together in partnership and embrace the different contexts and diverse communities our schools serve to provide the very best possible education for around 35,000 young people and their families.

We offer a wide range of career pathways to our teachers, middle leaders, support staff and senior leaders with many of our schools being host to Teach First and Ambition School Leadership.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the SFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here 

We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here

To find out more about about AET please visit us at 

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Address: Fern Grove, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, MK2 3HQ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1908 624720
Positions available at Sir Herbert Leon Academy