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About Us


To be an exceptional and responsive academy group providing life changing education, skills and experiences for individuals in our academies and in their communities.


  • We believe that education can transform lives

  • We respect the individual, relishing the contribution that diversity brings

  • We strive to be the best we can be, actively and with pride

  • We look after our environment to keep it safe, healthy and inclusive

  • We lead by example and work as a team 

  • We take responsibility for our own actions and are active in finding solutions to any problems

  • We respond flexibly to the needs of our students and take advantage of opportunities in the City of Leeds and the wider world


The culture of all White Rose Academies will be based on a ‘can do’ approach. All Academies will encourage self-confidence, pro-active behaviours and responsibility for own actions from all. We will have high values and expectations of everyone, with high aspirations and ambition for students. We will be a ‘Single status’ organisation with shared facilities and will build strong and positive working relationships between students and staff.


Our Academies will be outward facing schools.

They will work closely with local secondary and primary schools/academies and other educational institutions on a national and international basis. They will also develop close links with other training and education providers including local colleges, universities and private training providers. Our Academies will be part of their local community and will develop relationships with community groups and employers. The aim of collaboration in every case will be to raise standards of achievement of students.


Parents and carers will always be welcome in a White Rose Academy.

We believe that changing expectations and aspirations locally will be a key part of why our Academies will raise standards. We will work closely with the Local Authority, EFA and other agencies to enable local communities to access resources and learning in our Academies.

The White Rose Academies Trust is committed to creating safe, welcoming, and inclusive environments for learning and development.

Our academies actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.


It is for Principals and Local Accountability Boards to shape how each academy does this in line with their local curriculum offer, developed to meet their needs of their specific cohort of children and young people.


Details of how each academy promotes British Values can be found by following the links below:

Leeds City Academy

Leeds East Academy

Leeds West Academy

Alder Tree Primary


Our Trust is a member of the Luminate Education Group, which believes that it can make a unique contribution to the work of our Academies through its expertise and national & international networks.

Our Academies will have a very strong international approach to all their work. Exchanges and international curriculum links will be at a high level. The Luminate Education Group will play an active part in developing any specialisms with extensive work placements alongside the design and possible delivery of vocational qualifications – both vocational and academic.


The Luminate Education Group is keen to promote the employability prospects of the students attending our Academies through a range of activities.

We will strive to ensure our programmes support the work related learning curriculum and help to develop and embed a culture of enterprise. The group wishes to mobilise its community and corporate contacts to gain greatest leverage for our Academies and to provide a good example to other organisations.

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