Academy Name Change Letter

Dear Parents/Carers,
Academy Names
At their meeting in December 2023, Directors of Leigh Academies Trust (LAT) decided unanimously that now is an appropriate time to rename our academies. This programme is being phased in from September 2024. The decision has followed extensive discussions with our local board governors, academy leadership teams, Founding Sponsor, Sir Geoffrey Leigh, and livery company partners. Academies themselves will not be expected to make any financial contributions towards these changes.
Consequently, from September 2024, Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy will change its name to Leigh Stationers’ Academy. All associated branding will be updated to reflect this change, which will include pupil uniforms. To minimise any cost to parents, all existing uniform items currently in circulation can continue to be worn until they are phased out. In
consultation with our uniform providers, any new items of uniform purchased for next academic year will reflect this change of name.
What is the benefit of renaming the academies?
A clearer brand identity will reinforce the fact we are one community, and we can use this to attract staff and pupils to be part of the Leigh network. We have seen that staff recruitment is influenced by a clear LAT link and that retention is better in LAT too. We have observed first-hand in recent times the keenness of potential leaders to join us because of the Trust identity. We have used the LAT name to build instant recognition and positive change in Greenwich, Bexley, Medway and Tonbridge, and others will, in the future gain a similar boost from this explicit recognition.
How do we protect individual identity and avoid being clones?
As you will see, we have proposed a naming convention that mixes a common framework with identity naming that incorporates existing wording. Four of our existing academies already follow this convention: Blackheath; Rainham; Bexley; Tonbridge. Each academy will still develop their own values and ethos as well as adopt the values and vision of the Trust so that the two complement each other. The name changes will enhance our position as a very confident and successful group of schools keen to use its wider capacity for the benefit of current and future partners.
Parents will know that our school has a strong partnership with The Stationers’ Company. This brings additional investment into the school as well as extra opportunities for pupils and staff. We are very proud of our relationship with such a prestigious London livery company and wish to cement those links even further by making the name more prominent in our own branding.
If you have any questions about this change, please contact us in the normal way.
Yours faithfully,
Joseph Sparks | Principal