Year 9 Parents' Consultation Evening


We are open on Thursday 11th February 16:30-19:00 for you to meet with your child's subject teachers to discuss their progress so far this year.


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The Chalk Hills Academy


We would like to announce that, after many months of meetings, we have now settled on a new name for our Academy.


As you know, the Trust that runs the Academy changed its name in the summer to The Shared Learning Trust and from now on the Academy itself will be known as The Chalk Hills Academy.  The new name, which the staff and pupils were all involved in choosing, reflects the fact that there are chalk hills running through Luton, and these can be seen from the back of the Academy.


For more details you can read my announcement letter here.


Whilst there is lots of change going on, our main aim remains the same: to make sure your child has the best possible start in life through great quality teaching and exciting opportunities across our family of academies.


Yours sincerely,

Mr A Hardy - Principal


Chalk Board - Issue #16


The latest issue of the new look Chalk Hills Academy newsletter is out now!


Click on THIS LINK to view and download.



Children In Need


Thanks to everyone who contributed money and fun to our Children In Need day.


The highlight was our Pyjama themed non-uniform day, all proceeds of which are being donated to the charity.


It was fantastic to see the spirit of fun and generosity in our school community.













Year 7 Achievement Evening


Thanks to everyone who attended our Year 7 Achievement Evening on 15th October to make it a very special event. KS3 leaders talked to parents in detail about their subjects and top tips for supporting at school and at home.


If you missed the event, please take a look at the presentation by clicking on this link.









Open Mornings


Thank you to all who attended our Open Evening event on 8th October. If you would like to visit West Academy during the Academy day, we will have two Open Mornings on Friday 16th October and Thursday 22nd October.


Please contact the Academy on 01582 884 100, or by e-mail at if you would like to attend one of these mornings. We look forward to welcoming you to West Academy!



News Release: Thursday 20 August 2015



Positive GCSE Results Across The Shared Learning Trust Academies



The Shared Learning Trust is pleased to report a strong set of GCSE results from its academies with some pleasing improvements seen at the South and West Academies.

The South Academy, located on Rotherham Avenue in Luton, saw top grades in Physics and Chemistry up by 15 percent and in Media Studies the number gaining A*-C grades rose 27% on last year.

South Academy Principal, Cathy Barr, said: “I am incredibly proud of our GCSE students.  They have worked so hard throughout the year and many have given up their weekends and holidays for extra work and revision.  Examinations are undoubtedly getting more challenging, but this year’s students have shown that hard work and determination really do pay dividends”.

It was also good news all round at the West Academy, located on Leagrave High Street in Luton, where the number of students gaining the top grades increased. The achievement of students in Maths and English was particularly strong, with progress higher than last year’s national average and 80 percent gaining A* - C grades in English, an increase of 5 percent on last year.

Andy Hardy, Principal of the West Academy, commented “Students and staff have worked tirelessly throughout the year and today the rewards have been reaped in the results gained. I look forward to welcoming students back to our sixth form in September. I am extremely proud of all our students and their achievements.”

The Chief Executive of The Shared Learning Trust, Andrew Cooper, said: “These results reflect the hard work and determination being put in by teachers and students in all our academies. I’m incredibly proud of all that they’ve achieved”.




Shared Learning Trust Sixth Forms Celebrate Best Ever Results



The Shared Learning Trust’s South and West Academy Sixth Forms are delighted to announce their best ever sets of A Level results, with a higher proportion of students gaining the top A* to C grades than in any previous year.

Almost half of all students attending the South Academy, located on Rotherham Avenue in Luton, achieved the top grades: 47 percent of students achieved grades A* to C, which is an 8 percent increase on last year

Meanwhile at the West Academy located on Leagrave High Street in Luton, 68 percent achieved the A* to C and in both academies 100 percent of students attained success in Level 3 vocational subjects with 90 percent gaining a Distinction grading or above.

South Academy Principal, Cathy Barr, said the results reflect the tireless work put in by staff and students alike:

“I am delighted at the number of students who have achieved top A Level grades this year. These results are crucial for young people as a platform to university places and good jobs”.


West Academy Principal, Andy Hardy, added: “All of our Year 13 students are highly ambitious and the vast majority of them plan to go on to further their studies at university. I’m very proud of all that they’ve achieved”.


Although all students did well, there were some notable successes at the South Academy. Jennifer McGrattan, a South Academy student since Year 7 achieved AAB. “I am speechless; I can’t believe I have done so well! Thank you to all the staff at the South Academy for their help and support.” Jennifer has secured a place at Leeds University to study Sociology.


Dexter Gwavava and Reece Jones both achieved two Distinction* grades in Sport and a C grade in Psychology. Dexter said; “I’m really pleased as I have the grades needed to go to Nottingham Trent University. My teachers have always been around when I needed help. My results sum up my time at the South Academy.”


Etta Speight came to the South Academy Sixth Form two years ago. She was nervous as she had previously not done well at post-16 studies prior to joining, but at the South Academy she achieved BCD. “I am so pleased as I have exactly what I need to take up my place at Portsmouth University. I am grateful for the encouragement I have received and have really appreciated the persistence of staff who never let me give up or gave up on me.”


Excellent West successes include:
Vemal Mistry: 2 A* grades in Maths and Chemistry, with 2 A grades in Biology and Physics, he will continue his studies at Kings College, London.
“I have really enjoyed my experience of Sixth form. I hope to enjoy University just as much.”


Jazz Crook: 3 B’s in English Literature, Creative Writing and Psychology, she will be going to study at the University of Reading.
“Though I’ve enjoyed my time here, I am really excited and looking forward to University! So happy!”


Kudzai Mushoriwa: achieved a double Distinction* in Business Studies and a Distiniction* in Sport, he will be going to the University of Hertfordshire.
“Thanks to hard work and the support from the Sixth Form teachers I am able to go to the University of my choice.”


The results are great news for the students and also for both academies, which are part of a family of 5 schools run by the Shared Learning Trust. Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Cooper, added his congratulations:


“It’s been a momentous year for all the team at the Shared Learning Trust and these results are the icing on the cake”.


 New July Issue of our Newsletter - Point West!


Click HERE to catch-up with the latest July 2015 issue of our newsletter covering the biggest stories and achievements of the past term, as well as previews of upcoming events. 




We are pleased to share, that as part of the seperation from our original sponsor, the Barnfield Academy Trust has a new name; The Shared Learning Trust.


For more information please CLICK HERE.


NEWS RELEASE from Andrew Cooper, Chief Executive & Andy Hardy, Principal
3 March 2015 



Barnfield Academy Trust is delighted to announce that it has finally been granted Government permission to separate from its original sponsor, Barnfield College, and launch as a new stand-alone Academy Trust.

The move follows months of hard work and negotiation by the staff, and means that Barnfield Academy Trust can now look forward to an exciting future offering children from 4–18 top class teaching in the area.

CEO of the Trust Andrew Cooper said: “Today’s announcement is the news we’ve all been waiting for. There have been issues and challenges in recent times, but from today it’s a brand new start for us. This is fantastic news for teachers, parents and most importantly the children and students we teach in our two primary schools, two secondary schools and studio school”.

“The Ministerial permission to go it alone demonstrates a huge vote of confidence in the great work already being done in our five schools. We share that confidence – we are all incredibly excited about this fantastic opportunity”.

The schools that make up the new Academy Trust are Barnfield South, Barnfield West, Moorlands Free School, Barnfield Vale and the Barnfield Studio School.

As part of the Academy Trust’s new chapter, it will have a new name in the near future.


Ofsted Inspection Report


The Academy was inspected by Ofsted on the 24th and 25th September 2014. We are delighted to convey that Ofsted rated the Academy’s overall effectiveness as Good.


For more details of the report findings, and a link to the report itself, please click here.


West Academy GCSE Results 2014


West Academy is delighted to announce positive GCSE results for 2014. Students and staff have worked tirelessly throughout the year and the rewards have been reaped in the results gained. Click here to read more.



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