When we opened as an academy we wanted our new name and our badge to reflect our community and our whole academy family. We researched the history of the local area and discovered that in Anglo Saxon times the area that our academy site was situated on was known as "Leah Forest" In more modern times the area was renamed Lea Village when a new estate was built in the 1930's including the two schools that made up the academy buildings today. As a school we felt it was appropriate to revisit our history and establish links with our community, by combining the historical and modern names of our local community in the name of our academy. Our children also felt that the name reflected our schools environmental outlook and our well established and managed forest area, that is used to support the curriculum and develop children's knowledge and understanding of the wider world.
Our badge is designed to reflect our school's caring family approach, we have a mixture of supportive adults who act as role models and teachers for all our children. The four tree's symbolise each of the elements of the academy from the Early Years Department, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and our supporting adults we are a family that strive to move the academy and local community forward. The four navy blue panels are a reference to our sponsor the Academies Enterprise Trust which is a family of over 60 academies located throughout the country.
We aim to foster good relationships with our pupils so that they feel safe and confident to talk to any adults about any concerns they have about any aspect of academy or home life. All children are aware that the academy deals with concerns quickly and and treats their safety and well being as the highest priority.
As an academy, we recognise that we all learn best when we are motivated and therefore we seek to greatly enrich the curriculum with first hand experiences that reflect the diversity of the cultural, religious and social backgrounds of our community. We aim to provide positive images and expect all adults to act as role models for the children. We know that our children learn from the adults that they come into contact with on a daily basis, therefore we expect all staff, volunteers and pupils to behave in a professional manner that models strong relationships built on mutual respect and common aspirations. We also ask that whilst on academy premises, parents and carers behave appropriately, and respect the policies that are in place to protect the academy and it's surrounding community.
We recognise that our children do well when they are supported at home, attend regularly and are motivated by their family to do well and succeed in life. As an academy, we know that the way many parents were taught has changed significantly and in order to support your child fully you may guidance and support. We therefore aim to hold regular workshops, where you can learn alongside your children and gain simple practical ideas that can be used at home.