On Monday 11 January, Landau Forte Charitable Trust held its first ever Annual Meeting. The Principals and Governing Bodies of every Landau Forte Academy joined our Trustees at Tamworth Sixth Form to discuss the vision for the academies.
This is a particularly exciting time for our schools. In summer 2015, record GCSE results were achieved at Amington and QEMS secondary academies in Tamworth, whilst Greenacres primary accelerated its progress to be judged ‘Good’ by Ofsted. Landau Forte College Derby was granted teaching school status last year, also achieved a rise in its GCSE results and recently welcomed its new Principal, Alison Brannick.
Landau Forte Charitable Trust was set up in 1989 by property developer Martin Landau and hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, our Founding Sponsors.
More than 25 years on, the Landau and Forte families remain highly committed to the success of our charity. Martin Landau opened the inaugural meeting with a speech to all attendees and Alex Polizzi, presenter of The Hotel Inspector and The Fixer, led a well-received session. The Hon Mrs Olga Polizzi CBE is the charity’s Deputy Chair.
Also presenting were Trust Chair Mike Davies OBE, a former Chairman of Manchester Airports Group, and Sir Roger Carr who Chairs British Aerospace and is Vice Chairman of the BBC.
The Annual Meeting is part of plans for the Landau Forte Academies to work more closely together and share their expertise.
Dr Antony Edkins, Chief Executive of the Landau Forte Charitable Trust, said:
“As well as our Principals we see our Trustees and Governors as central to the charity’s purpose to ensure the best education for every child we serve. We are continuing to improve our offer to communities in Tamworth and Derby and, as the performance of our schools rises, we want them to share with and support one another to bring about further success.”
Trust Chair Mike Davies OBE said:
“There is a wealth of experience and expertise both behind and within our academies. Today has been about channelling that effectively and we are looking at the way we organise our academies to ensure that the maximum expenditure is focussed to the benefit of our students.”