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Longfield Academy is part of the Leigh Academies Trust. The Trust also includes several other secondary Academies – The Leigh Academy, Stationers Crown Woods Academy, Mascalls and Wilmington Academy, a special needs school – Milestone Academy, and several primary Academies. All of the Academies share one governing body, and are led by a Chief Executive Officer based at the Trust offices.

As with all other Leigh Trust secondary Academies, Longfield is structured to embrace the ‘small schools’ model of learning. The college structure seeks to foster the strong links that exist within a small community. Excellent communication between the Colleges and home is a central part of this process.

The Academy is led by Principal, Alex O’Donnell.  A Head of College leads each college of approximately 380 students from Years 7-13 together with a team of dedicated staff. All students are organised within a vertical tutoring system where students learn from and support each other to achieve the very best outcomes.

The building has discrete facilities for each of the colleges – Anderson, Matisse and Galileo, whilst also housing specialist resources accessed by the whole Academy. Each College teaches Mathematics, English, Modern Foreign Languages, ICT and Humanities on the first floor.

On the ground floor of Anderson College can be found the specialist Science facility and presentation space. The Academy’s provision for some students on the autistic spectrum is also part of this College.

In the middle of the Academy building is Matisse College which houses the Expressive Arts classrooms, as well as a large plaza area and indoor garden.

At the far end of the building is Galileo College which houses both a Professional Kitchen and Technology rooms. In the centre is another indoor garden and ‘The Telescope Bistro’.

Most of the community facilities of the Academy are found adjacent to Main Road, including the sports hall, dance studio, multigym, learning resource centre, the Helix restaurant and a theatre.


College Identities

Anderson College

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, born in London 1836, as the first woman in Britain to qualify as a doctor and surgeon. She demonstrated immense determination to overcome many social and academic obstacles placed in her way prior to qualification in 1870. Garrett Anderson was a leading figure in medicine at the end of the 1800’s, founding the London School of Medicine for Women and being the only permitted female member of the British Medical Association. Towards the end of her life she became active in the Suffrage movement, and was elected as Britain’s first female mayor for Aldeburgh, Suffolk. Garrett Anderson died in 1917.

Galileo College

Galileo Galilei was born in 1564 in Italy and became a hugely influential Italian astronomer, physicist and philosopher. In 1592, he became mathematics professor at the University of Padua, and worked on a variety of experiments, including the speed at which different objects fail, mechanics and pendulums.

In 1609, Galileo heard aboutt he invention of the telescope and without having seen an example, he constructed a superior version and made many astronomical discoveries. These included mountains and valley on the surface of the moon, sunspots, and the four largest moons of the planet Jupiter. Galileo also invented other items such as the thermometer, the compass and the microscope.

In 1614, Galileo was accused of heresy for his support of the theory that the Sun was at the centre of the solar system. This was revolutionary at a time when most people believed the Earth was in this central position. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment, later reduced to permanent house arrest near Florence, where he died in 1642.

College Motto: ‘Reach for the Stars.’

Matisse College

Henri Matisse – One of the most significant artists of the early 20th century, a leader of the Fauvist movement, best known for his bright, colourful, expressive style of painting and his large paper cut-outs, he was also a sculptor, printmaker, lawyer and a teacher.

Henri Matisse was born on December 31st 1869 in Le Cateau, France and died on November 3rd 1954 having spent 60 years producing images. Matisse pioneered a revolutionary use of colour and form and dispensed with traditional art techniques, refusing to accept that colour must reflect the real world. Today, his work still inspires many influential image-makers, including advertisers and cartoonists, as well as fashion and interior designers.

Coming late to art, Henri Matisse was nevertheless blessed by two factors: a tremendous capacity for work and a long life to see that energy mature. He came to painting from a preparation in law but seemed to possess an independent nature wary of influences and a willingness to explore directions even though the way was paved with doubt and disappointment.

“Creativity Takes Courage…” A Matisse Quote