About Us

Creating Opportunities, Realising Potential

Tollbar Family of Academies is a unique Multi Academy Trust led by experienced educationalists responsible for one of the largest and most successful schools in the country. Tollbar Family of Academies aims to offer a world-class, 21st century education to the young people in all its Academies, providing life-long learning opportunities and creating centres of excellence, which model the successful practices at Tollbar Academy, bringing confidence and pride to the local community.

It is a learning community, run by a team who have proved their worth by maintaining their own outstanding outcomes for the 2,200 students at Tollbar Academy, while mentoring six further Academies, Primary and Secondary, and taking two of these from 'Special Measures' and 'Requires Improvement' to 'Good' in a short space of time.

Such is their success, that Tollbar Academy has not only been rated 'Outstanding' on three consecutive occasions by Ofsted over a period of nine years, but it is also designated as one of the UK's high-performing schools.

In 2010, Tollbar Academy sponsored Cleethorpes Academy, confirming its elite status as a high-performing school ready and willing to share its success with others. The former Lindsey Community Arts College was in 'Special Measures' when it reopened as Cleethorpes Academy. As a fresh start Academy, it attracted national interest for its unrivalled transformation. It was designated 'Good' by Ofsted in 2015.

It was this success that led Governors at Tollbar, with the full support of the Department for Education, to form its own Multi Academy Trust. The Trust was constituted in May 2012.

In 2013, Reynolds Primary Academy became a member of Tollbar MAT and, with an injection of outstanding teaching staff from Tollbar Academy and investment in resources, the Academy was designated 'Good' By Ofsted in 2015.

In November 2015, the former Birkbeck College, which was also in 'Special Measures,' was granted Academy status, joining Tollbar MAT and reopening as Somercotes Academy in November 2015. The Academy has seen a 57% increase in student numbers and has benefitted from outstanding teachers recruited from within Tollbar MAT, whose proven track record has made a significant difference to teaching and learning. The MAT has also invested more than £500,000 in new facilities and resources to provide an outstanding learning environment for the students.

In September 2016, Theddlethorpe Community Primary School became part of the Tollbar MAT. Renamed as Theddlethorpe Academy it has benefitted significantly from the expertise offered to all Academies within the MAT. Pilgrim Academy, formerly Allerton in Immingham became the third Primary Academy to join the Trust in April 2017. Both Academies have benefitted from the injection of outstanding practices utilised within the Trust and have seen increased student numbers as a result. As well as improvements to teaching and learning both Academies have seen a significant investment in facilities which has transformed both sites.

The most recent addition to the Trust has been Louth Academy which was formed in September 2017. The Trust has been able to provide staff in senior leadership and teaching positions to ensure our ethos is implemented effectively. Huge investment has been provided to refurbish facilities, including development of every classroom on both sites.

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Tollbar MAT Chairman

Philip Bond

Tollbar MAT Chief Executive

David J Hampson
OBE, BSc, BA.
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