Sep 9, 2022

Queen Elizabeth II

Nov 9, 2021

The Lion Academy Trust is delighted to announce that Barclay Primary has yet again been judged by Ofsted as being Outstanding in all areas of the school. In maintaining the coveted “Outstanding” rating last secured in June 2016, the team at the school have again demonstrated the relentless focus on ensuring that every child receives the best possible education they are entitled to. 


Nov 4, 2021

We are delighted to announce that Maple Grove Primary School has been rated as “Good” in all areas by Ofsted. Since the school joined the Lion Academy Trust in 2017, the school has not been subject to an Ofsted inspection and this first inspection was keenly anticipated to validate the extraordinary journey of improvement the school has delivered to date.

May 5, 2021

Wellingborough - The mascots and teams from Olympic Primary and Warwick Academy are out delivering ‘ready for school’ packs to local nurseries and playgroups this week to help children and their families get ready to start in Reception in September.

Apr 29, 2021

29th April 2021

Leytonstone - The Lion Academy Trust welcomes the intended outcome of schools working together to deliver the best possible school improvement support for every school in every locality. The Secretary of State for Education made the so-called “try before you buy” announcement on 28.04.21 - but this model is only one possible route to get schools working collaboratively with each other - and may not offer sufficient flexibility for either the trust nor the school seeking support. 

Justin James, CEO of the Lion Academy Trust said “All schools were severely tested by the Covid-19 pandemic. All school leaders know that being isolated from help and additional support is a structural weakness to be remedied. But tying accessing support to an outcome like academisation, without the clear policy roadmap and funding to support this being in place, will hinder a proportion of trusts and schools from engaging in this.”

School improvement is never a quick-fix solution and requires the right foundations to be in place in order to be successful. Having the right data structures, IT systems, CPD and training for staff, a commonly defined pedagogy and well design, all-encompassing curriculum are critical components which need to be in place for school improvement initiatives to flourish. 

The Lion Academy Trust offers schools and academies a broad range of support services - from designing harmonised and streamlined back office functions through to an end-to-end primary curriculum to wrap school improvement into a holistic whole-school approach to helping schools sustainably maintain an improvement trajectory. 

For more information - visit or contact the trust on 

Mar 4, 2021

Congratulations to the Team and community at Thomas Gamuel Primary School for achieving IQM Inclusive School Award!


May 14, 2020

As a Trust we pride ourselves not only on the educational outcomes for our children, we also celebrate the impact of our investments in the learning and outdoor play spaces for our children. We're pleased to share our first Trustee Celebration report with you, for you to read at your leisure. 


Apr 20, 2020

Sybourn Primary- IQM Centre of Excellence status!

Jan 30, 2020

On Wednesday 29 January our CEO Mr James and Executive Headteacher Mr Bocchi attended a local Headteacher's meeting in Waltham Forest.  Mr Bocchi presented colleagues with information on our new curriculum.

If you would like to see the full presentation, please click here.

Oct 1, 2019

Outstanding achievements of Sybourn Primary School recognised by the Mayor of London!

Jun 11, 2019

Sybourn Primary School, the school continues to be'good'

Feb 27, 2019

The Lion Academy Trust were delighted to receive the letter from the DfE confirming that the Trust’s writing outcomes were amongst the ten best outcomes nationally.

Feb 7, 2019

WF Echo publishes our case for the building of a new Secondary Free School in Waltham Forest

Jan 24, 2019

Waltham Forest Council have confirmed that our application will be considered by the Council's Planning Committee on Monday 25 March 2019.

For information on how you can support our application, visit the Barclay Secondary School section of our website.

To see the planning application in full, please visit the Council's Planning Applications on their website.


Dec 20, 2018

Admissions Consultation for 2020/2021

Dec 18, 2018

PRESS RELEASE: Sybourn Primary School - Outstanding Results - Top Primary in Borough

Sep 4, 2018

Lion Academy Trust - Welcomes Olympic Primary, Ruskin Juniors and Warwick Academy as our Wellingborough Hub Schools!

Mar 1, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Mr James, the Chief Executive Officer of the Lion Academy Trust has today written to all stakeholders of Olympic Primary, Ruskin Juniors and Warwick Academy Schools.
To view a copy of the letter to governors, click here
To view a copy of the letter to Parents/Carers, click here
To view a copy of the letter to Staff members, click here

Nov 30, 2017

Barclay Primary School is delighted to have been showcased in the latest Ofsted publication celebrating outstanding Early Years Provision. The national publication – Bold Beginnings – features selected early years providers and highlights the successes they have achieved over the past 12 months.

May 8, 2017

UPDATE: We are delighted to announce that Ms Miranda Leung was elected on the 7 September 2017 as the new Chair of the Lion Academy Trust.


Jan 19, 2017

Following the first Ofsted inspection of Brook House Primary School (formerly “Hartsbrook E-Act Free School”), the Lion Education Trust are delighted to announce that the school has been judged “Good” in all categories and “Outstanding” for Leadership and Management. The Ofsted inspectors also judged the school's work to promote pupils' personal development and welfare as outstanding.

Dec 16, 2016

The Lion Academy Trust is disappointed to announce that the Secretary of State for Schools, Lord Nash, has elected to defer the opening of the much needed Barclay Secondary School for 12 months. This decision is based solely on the perceived planning risk – and is a temporary delay to the school opening.

Apr 20, 2016

The Lion Academy Trust are delighted to announce that our flagship school, Barclay Primary School, has been judged “Outstanding” in all categories by Ofsted.

Feb 16, 2016

Barclay Primary School is proud to announce that it has received a prestigious local award in the KS2 category of the Pupil Premium Awards for being one of the most improved schools in the country in terms of attainment and progress among disadvantaged pupils since 2011.