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Our Story

The Laidlaw Schools Trust family of academies is a growing success story – and it’s easy to see why. A clear vision from our Trustees for the success of its academies, highly skilled professional staff and the generous financial support of our sponsor Lord Laidlaw, combine to ensure exceptional pupil progress. The Trust continues to grow with six academies now part of our trust. 

Through the vision and generosity of our sponsor, Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, we were set up in 2006 and our first academy, Excelsior Academy in the west of Newcastle, was opened in September 2008. Excelsior went from strength to strength and two local primary schools joined the trust. 2017 was a landmark year for the trust, with another three schools joining and the central team being established to provide services across our academies. Lord Laidlaw is still enthusiastically committed to the work of the trust, supporting our development through wise counsel as well as generous financial donations. 

We are passionate about working in challenging settings to transform lives and communities through education. Our schools work in partnership with that aim at the forefront of our thinking and we work with others who want to be part of this exciting, transformative journey.