The Stephen Longfellow Academy is named in honour of a colleague who worked across many schools in the Leeds region and established an outstanding reputation as a man who cared deeply about the most vulnerable and challenging students in our schools.

Sadly, Stephen died in a climbing accident in September 2015. It is a fitting tribute to his memory and contribution that he made across Leeds for over two decades to name this alternative provision free school after him.

Effective Alternative Provision

• The Stephen Longfellow Academy provides an exceptionally effective alternative provision for students aged 5 to 16 in the South Leeds region and surrounding areas.

• Students are referred from local primary and secondary schools.

• The length of time that a student is with us is dictated entirely by the personal need of that student. For a small number, these will be shorter placements. For many a much longer placement is required because of the profound need of the student concerned.

• Our students’ well-being is always at the forefront of our minds and all decisions are made within the best interests of each individual student and the academy as a whole.

High Quality Teaching and Therapeutic Excellence

• Strong therapeutic support wraps around the student and their family.

• We ensure that there is a strong focus on both personal growth and development and academic success.

We walk together.

Strong Academic Aspirations

• Our academic aspirations for our students are in line with expectations of mainstream schools nationally.

• We ensure that students are able to achieve and improve their outcomes through an outstanding quality of education with inspirational teaching and leadership.

Relentlessly Positive Approach

• We live by our mission statement of ‘We walk together’.

• We have a highly focused drive for excellence.

• We believe that every child can succeed regardless of their socio-economic background.