Owlcotes Academy Trust marks fifth birthday with reading initiative

Celebration: Youngsters at Calverley Parkside Primary

An academy trust which runs four West Leeds schools is celebrating its fifth birthday by boosting the schools’ library and reading offer.

The Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust was established in March 2018 by two founding primary schools, Pudsey Primrose Hill and Pudsey Waterloo, with the aim of developing a collaborative approach to school improvement, and a commitment to preserving the unique identity of any schools that join. 

The Trust has grown in size by adding Calverley Parkside and Armley Park schools and says more schools which will be joining shortly.

Lesley West, Owlcotes Multi-Academy Trust Chief Executive Officer, said: “I am proud of our achievements since our establishment in March 2018.

Celebration time at Pudsey Waterloo Primary School.

“Owlcotes was set up with a genuine desire to provide an excellent education for all pupils. Collaboration is at the heart of our Trust; each school is an equal partner and our dedicated staff are committed to providing an inclusive and ambitious curriculum for all of our pupils.

“There is an emphasis on developing collaborative learning communities and networks across our Trust, to continue to develop good practice within our philosophy of ‘Working Together to Achieve Excellence’.

Smiles better at Armley Park Primary School.

“We firmly believe in schools having their own individuality. This preservation of unique identity enables our schools to focus on the key priorities of teaching and learning that are specific to their own schools and communities. 

“The anniversary of the formation of the Trust is a time for celebration. I am hugely proud of what we have achieved so far and would like to thank everyone involved with Owlcotes Trust for their contribution to our continuing success.”

High fives: Pudsey Primrose Hill.

Owlcotes also works with schools outside the Trust, offering school improvement support, a coaching programme ‘ElevatED’, and initial teacher training through the School Direct route into teaching.


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