LEO In The Community

Active Citizens in a Global Community

  • LEO pupils are local, national & global citizens; they have a strong sense of identity, respect and value the importance of diversity & inclusion and make positive contributions to their community.

Local Charity Partnerships

This year the main charity we are supporting is St Raphael's Hospice. For over 30 years they have been providing expert hospice care for people in Merton and Sutton at no charge, aged 18 and over irrespective of their race or religion.

On 10 December 5 of our schools will be joining the Reindeer Run. They will also be creating Christmas cards to send in to decorate the hospice across the festive period. 
This is a partnership that all of our schools are keen to fundraise for across the school year.

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Other charitys we support are Sutton Cultural ServicesAnti-Bullying Alliance and Maggie’s at the Marsden.

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Community Sports Partnerships

This year we have arranged a sporting opportunity for the KS2 SEN pupils across the Trust. Surrey Cricket are offering a free Cricket day designed specifically for pupils with disabilities. To adhere to our social distancing measures, each year group in KS2 will be given a one hour lesson outside with Surrey Crickets Disability officer, taking part in specifically designed cricket activities.

As well as this special event, in the future we will be introducing a cricket club specifically designed for LEO SEN pupils.

Our other community sports partnerships this year are Chance to Shine Cricket programme and Panathlon Challenge.

Sutton Citizens & LEO Pupil Parliament

This year we will launching Sutton Citizens who will be focusing on Wellbeing, Child Poverty & Children's Society.

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LEO Foundation

The LEO Foundation has been set up specifically to raise money for the LEO Academy Trust to enhance the opportunities for ALL our children!

See our LEO Foundation page for more

Community Events

LEO Expo 2021

This year we will be launching the LEO Expo, a celebration of the amazing achievements of LEO children across our 5 LEO Pupil Outcomes.

The expo will be touring around all schools in the Trust during Summer Term 2021.

Check back in the Spring Term an update.

LEO TeachMeet

Last year we ran a Virtual TeachMeet with Challenge Partners and Challenger Multi Academy Trust. The event was extremely successful with over 200 attendees.

This year we are holding a Virtual Christmas TeachMeet for 'Coping With Covid-19: Practical support for colleagues in education' on Monday 14 December 2020 with Challenger and SW London Hubs.

Presenters will share their innovative ideas and simple strategies that have helped their schools to continue to thrive.

Find out more here

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Training Partnerships

Challenge Partners South West London Hub

At LEO Academy Trust, we believe that by harnessing the skills and knowledge that already exist within our schools and partnerships we can in turn provide the best possible education to all our pupils. We are part of the Challenge Partners South West London Hub alongside schools from the Sutton Education Trust (SET). We work in collaboration to ensure that we can provide both staff and pupils in our Hub with access to the combined wisdom of the education system. 

Through membership of the Challenge Partners South West London Hub, we play a central role in improving practice to raise standards of teaching, achievement and leadership across the group. Our aim is to support the development of sustainable improvements so that all pupils receive an education of excellence. We are looking forward to working in partnership this year with Sutton Education Trust to help us to achieve this common goal.

Olevi Alliance

OLEVI Alliance, is an International Awarding Body for the Accreditation of Facilitation and Coaching. Their overarching vision is that ‘Every student, in every school will enjoy an outstanding teaching and learning experience’ and their Mission is ‘to create high performing people who challenge thinking and learning, and value building a growth culture’. 

This year we have begun to work in partnership with Olevi Alliance. We have offered the opportunity for staff across the Trust to take part in the Olevi Outstanding Teacher Programme and we have also offered our Senior Leaders the opportunity to take part in the Outstanding Facilitator Programme. We look forward to seeing this partnership grow and develop across this academic year.


This year, we were delighted to support seven young people on apprenticeships in sports coaching, business administration and learning support. In addition, we’re proud to be supporting our local community, through the government’s Kickstart scheme, with plans to offer young people a six month placement in 2021. Following a successful grant application in November 2020, we’ll be helping thirty 16 - 24 year olds gain work, experience and qualifications in catering, business administration, sports coaching, premises management and learning support.