As the new Principal of The Stephen Longfellow Academy I am delighted to welcome you to our website. Here you will find really useful information about the academy as well as seeing our achievements as the weeks and terms unfold.

The Stephen Longfellow Academy is part of The GORSE Academies Trust; a nationally renowned, not-for-profit charity whose drive is to create exceptional schools. The Chief Executive Officer and founder of The Stephen Longfellow Academy, Sir John Townsley, is passionate about providing the highest standard of educational experience for all children, regardless of background, across the age range.  Sir John inspires professionals with his vision, a vision that all colleagues at the Stephen Longfellow Academy wholeheartedly share.

We are exceptionally proud of what has been achieved since the academy’s inception and I am  delighted to have the opportunity to continue the brilliant progress the previous Principal, Ben Mallinson, has made. Following this success Ben has taken up the role of Principal at The Ruth Gorse Academy

The Stephen Longfellow Academy is named in honour of a man who died tragically in a climbing accident in 2015 and who made an enormous contribution to the lives of hundreds of vulnerable and disadvantaged children across the city.

At the academy we offer both exceptional education and therapy. Students are taught national curriculum subjects and have access to a range of therapeutic services such as counselling. Therapy is delivered as both an integrated part of our timetable but also within discrete groups or on a 1:1 basis. We believe a therapeutic and nurturing approach allows our students to grow in confidence and increase their self-esteem so that they can successfully integrate into their learning environment and the wider community.

By developing personalised learning programmes to meet the needs of vulnerable young people, we want all of our students to have the opportunities similar to those found in large mainstream schools, so that they can leave as confident young adults, ready to seize the opportunities of further education, training or work.

We work in close partnership with our families and mainstream schools and 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 aim is to do all we can to support students and their families to get back on track to achieving their goals and ambitions. To, ultimately, make a difference, that otherwise would not have happened.

Mr Andrew Foster