Lutterworth College is a larger than average secondary school (1500 student on roll) and is part of the Lutterworth Academies Trust, which also includes the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School. The College was formerly known as Lutterworth Grammar School, founded in 1880, and benefits from a long tradition and history of providing a high quality education for the young people of the Lutterworth community and beyond.
The great majority of students are of White British heritage and very few speak English as an additional language. The school converted to become an academy school on 1 June 2012. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is below average. The proportion of students known to be eligible for support through the pupil premium is below average.
Lutterworth College is a Church of England voluntary controlled school. There are four ‘Foundation Governors’ within the Trust who are active members of local Church communities, three of whom are serving church ministers. The College employs a Chaplain who takes an active role across the school, promoting the Christian ethos and supporting the holistic development of students.
Lutterworth College is currently changing age-range as part of the re-organisation of Leicestershire secondary education. The College has traditionally held the status of a 14-18 institution, commonly known in Leicestershire as an ‘Upper School’. From September 2015 Lutterworth College welcomed the first cohort of Year 7 students since the 1960s as it becomes an 11-18 school. The College is decreasing in size due to age range changes in Leicestershire, with 250 less students in 2015/16 compared to 2014/15. The College is anticipating another reduction in student numbers in 2016/17 to 1100 before the number on roll increases over the 2017-19 period up to a figure of around 1300.
The College has been consistent in securing GCSE headline figures above the national average over the last 5 years and in 2014 celebrated its best ever set of GCSE results in 2014 with 67% of students achieving 5A*-C grades including English and Maths. Post 16 outcomes have been consistent during the past 5 years and in 2015 the College achieved its highest ever A Level results with 99% pass rate and 52% A*-B, increases of 2% and 9% respectively.
A small number of students receive part of their education at the Enterprise Centre, an off-site facility in the town, staffed by College employees who provide personalised vocational programmes for vulnerable students or students who require alternative provision. In the 2013 Ofsted report, inspectors commented that ‘students who attend the school’s enterprise centre benefit greatly from the high quality provision there and many make rapid progress as a result’.
The College has a strong tradition of providing a broad and balanced enrichment programme. The College enters competitions in a wide variety of sports and boasts a vast range of extra-curricular activities that run throughout the year in most subjects. The College has a strong reputation locally for excellence in performing arts and students participate in musicals and productions of a high standard each year. Students can take the Duke of Edinburgh Award up to Gold level and in the Sixth Form students can opt for the Extended Project Qualification to further their studies.
The College was previously designated as a Specialist Technology College. A legacy of the specialism has been the development of the College as a learning hub of the community. The facilities across the site are used regularly by the community and annual events such as STEM day and an F1 experience are delivered by the College for local primary school pupils.
The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School
Our motto is Inspire the Mind. Create the Future and we are proud and excited to be leading the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School – a brand new and unique school for South Leicestershire.
The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School is a new concept in education. It addresses the growing gap between the skills and knowledge that young people require to succeed, and those that the current education system provides. Studio Schools pioneer a bold new approach to learning which includes teaching through enterprise projects and real work. This approach ensures students’ learning is rooted in the real world and helps them to develop the skills they need to ourish in life.
The Sir Frank Whittle Studio School is a small school with a maximum capacity of 300 students. As well as a programme of academic study and work-related qualifications, students also have regular work placements: 1 day per week in Years 10 and 11 and 2 days per week in the Sixth Form.
Our students are here to learn, but education at the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School is not limited to academic and work related qualifications students can choose.
It includes a wide range of learning experiences which incorporate enrichment activities, coaching and the development of employability skills, all delivered within an environment which empowers and enables all students to discover and develop their full potential. We always encourage parents and students to visit us to really experience what it is like to be at the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School and we are sure that once you have met our dedicated team of staff and fantastic students you will be keen to join us at the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School.
Key Features of the Sir Frank Whittle Studio School
Ambitious academic targets– significantly above national averages. All Year 10 and 11 students study a core curriculum of English Language & Literature, Mathematics and Triple Science
Specialist work – related qualifications – students can opt for Routes to Success in either Engineering or Business
Work placements – inspiring and aspirational opportunities for all students. In Year 12 and 13 this will be two days per week and in Year 10 and 11 one day per week
Regular school/parent contact – parents and carers will be fully informed of their child’s learning and progress through weekly reports provided by their son or daughter’s personal coach
Personal Coach – for every student to support their academic and pastoral development
Small school – We will limit numbers to a maximum of 300 to ensure we deliver a highly personalised education
World class business partnerships – with local business including Trelleborg IAVS, Babcock, Serco, Waitrose and Kilworth House Hotel, providing exceptional work placement opportunities for students
Business ethos – including a longer working day that replicates workplace expectations
Dress code – students wear suits and business dress that reflects our business ethos