West Academy invites you to attend a special open evening on:


Thursday 8th October




Principal’s address at 6pm and 6.45pm




Open Evening for our prospective Year 7 students is on Thursday 8th October from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. This is always a very successful evening with an estimated turnout of over 1000 visitors to West Academy during the course of the evening. It will be a busy time for our students too, with many spending the evening with staff representing the Academy by talking to parents and prospective students.


The day is also tiring for our students and we are most grateful to those parents who give approval for their child to participate. To try to alleviate their tiredness and to allow time to prepare for the evening’s events, we have re-arranged the timetable for the day:


•  On Thursday 8th October the Academy will end at the slightly earlier time of 2:00pm. Students can be supervised until 3:00pm; please contact your child’s Head of Year if this is required.
•  On Friday 9th October students should arrive promptly at 10:00am, Period 2. Senior staff will be around from the normal start time should students wish to arrive before 10:00am.


Thank you to all parents who will support in ensuring so many of our students are able to be involved in the evening.


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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