Landau Forte holds Trust-wide Annual Meeting

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The Landau Forte Charitable Trust today (16 January 2017) held its second Annual Meeting as the Trustees welcomed the Principals and Governing Bodies of every Landau Forte Academy to Tamworth Sixth Form.

The aim of the event, which first took place in 2016, is to discuss the progress the schools have made over the past year and the vision for the one to come.

2015-16 was an exciting academic year for the Landau Forte Academies, with a number of new leadership appointments. Landau Forte College Derby and Tamworth Sixth Form both welcomed talented new Principals who are beginning to make their mark. Alison Brannick joined the College from the Ofsted Outstanding Bethnal Green academy, while Greg Williams came to the Sixth Form from Aston Manor Academy – which has Outstanding sixth form provision.

Likewise, Landau Forte Academy Moorhead is benefitting from the expertise of Louise Bridge, the Principal of Landau Forte Academy Greenacres. Mrs Bridge took Greenacres from Special Measures to Good in under two years and is working with Mrs Fiona Smith, who also has an excellent track record, as Head of School.

Landau Forte Charitable Trust was set up in 1989 by property developer Martin Landau and hotelier Sir Rocco Forte, its Founding Sponsors. More than 25 years on, the Landau and Forte families remain highly committed to the success of the charity.

Other key Trustees at the event were Trust Chair Mike Davies OBE, former Chairman of Manchester Airports Group, Dame Kathy August, Terence Ousley, Rosemary Morgan, Peter Traves and David Shore.

The Annual Meeting is a key part of the ongoing drive for the Landau Forte Academies to work more closely together and share best practice. This approach has begun to have a positive impact over the past year.

Dr Antony Edkins, Chief Executive of the Landau Forte Charitable Trust, said:

“This year we have expanded the breadth of leadership talent in the organisation and seen our schools continue to work more closely. This event is a brilliant opportunity to review the progress made and set new targets, and I fully expect the work we have done to be ratified by Ofsted over the next two years.”

Trust Chair Mike Davies OBE said:

“We have made a number of changes this year to bring in new expertise and ideas, unify our academies and make sure as much resource as possible is going into the classroom. It is vitally important that we all get together regularly and today has been a great success.”