Archbishop Lanfranc Prospectus - 2023

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Principal - Simon Trehearn

Senior Vice Principal - Richard Ellis

Vice Principal - Jon Atkinson

Assistant Principal - Andy Barlow

Assistant Principal - Josephine Donohue

Assistant Principal - Rima Kataria

Assistant Principal - Victoria Owusu-Daaku

Assistant Principal - Grace Sheridan

Team Leader EYFS - Ann-Marie Brooks

Pastoral Care Manager - Dede Kankonde

SEND Coordinator - Suezette Brooks



Our mission at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy is to serve and empower our diverse community by providing an inclusive, safe and nurturing environment that values and celebrates cultural differences. We aim to promote academic achievement, teamwork, accountability, leadership and aspiration among all students and to enable them to achieve academically and socially in a rapidly changing world.

A warm welcome to The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy

Your son’s or daughter’s education is as important to us as it is to you and we are dedicated to ensuring that each student is supported on their journey towards achieving excellence.

Our motto, Learning Changes Lives, reflects our belief in the importance of our work. Our core purpose is to ensure that every student makes outstanding progress.

We have high expectations of every student and insist on the highest standards of behaviour and respect.

The Academy’s ethos promotes a rich and diverse learning environment in which every student is offered the opportunity to grow in maturity and understanding. The curriculum has been devised to enable students to develop the skills and comprehension necessary for success in an increasingly competitive world.

This prospectus gives you a brief insight into our ethos and our labour. Do come and visit us to see our principles in action.

I look forward to welcoming your daughter or son to The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy.

Simon Trehearn, Principal


Our Vision

TALA will empower its diverse community to be successful learners, who strive for excellence academically and creatively and who, through their personal growth, will become aspirational, resilient, confident and principled adults.

Teamwork – We all contribute to the betterment of the ‘teams’ to which we belong.

Acccountability – All of us are responsible for our own development and behaviour and the improvement of the teams of which we are a part.

Leadership – All of us have the power to influence and bring about change.

Aspiration – We put no limits on what we can achieve.


“Pupils appreciate the additional opportunities that are provided to everyone. These include after-school clubs and ‘Academy Days’, where pupils go on educational visits.”

[Ofsted, October 2022]





All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum consisting of English, Mathematics, Science, RE, Humanities, a Modern Foreign Language, Technology, Computer Science, Drama, PSHE/ Citizenship and PE.

Students are taught in a variety of groups which may be mixedability, set by attainment or single-sex. The wide range of subjects taught at Key Stage 3 offer a stepping stone to greater specialisation at Key Stage 4 through the selection of option subjects.

The Academy makes provision for the individual needs of all students through high-quality teaching and differentiated learning opportunities to challenge and stretch its students.

Teaching staff are well qualified to teach the subjects they deliver. Teachers undertake regular in-service training to be up to date with developments in education, including working alongside higher education colleagues to mentor and guide trainee staff.

Many teachers serve as examiners at GCSE level which ensures that students are fully briefed on the requirements for their courses.

Monitoring of Progress

The progress of all students at the Academy is monitored through regular marking and feedback and the completion of a series of standardised, moderated assessments. Students are given the opportunity to improve their work in response to the feedback they receive and individual targets are set to support progression.

Families are updated on students’ progress regularly through termly reports for each subject. A meeting with the subject teacher is scheduled for all students but other avenues of communication are always open for updates.

“Leaders are developing an ambitious curriculum, which supports pupils to succeed in the future.”

[Ofsted, October 2022]



Literacy Strategy

Literacy is of fundamental importance to all students, in all years. That’s why we embed literacy skills into each and every lesson, from year 7 to year 11. Our “disciplinary literary” approach means that students develop the reading, writing, and speaking skills required in each subject, asking, for example, how would a mathematician read equations? How would an artist verbally discuss the tone and texture of a painting? How would a scientist read a data set? Your son or daughter will experience high quality, subject specific, literacy development in every lesson.

We also believe in the power of reading for pleasure, so we have allocated a dedicated reading slot in our pastoral timetable. Students can browse our well stocked library and borrow a wide range of texts. Year 7-9 students engage with our Guided Reading curriculum for group reading once a week. The chosen texts are based on the values of the school to develop the cultural literacy of all students.

Students sit a reading age test, which allows us to determine any support needed. A dedicated team of experts ensures that bespoke literacy support is provided to all who would benefit from it.

Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare

The Academy insists on the highest standards of personal conduct and expects all students to wear their uniform with pride. Our ethos as a place of professional learning constantly reinforces the necessity to behave in a manner consistent with our environment.

The core curriculum enables all students to participate in Citizenship and RE lessons which are designed to foster greater respect for self and others and offer the opportunity to contribute to community development projects through philanthropic endeavour.

In addition to these lessons, students attend daily tutor time which focuses on British Values and how they can be demonstrated within the local community.

Examination Outcomes

Students make at least expected progress based on their performance at Key Stage 2 in primary school. This has been the pattern since the advent of the Academy.

Our Progress 8 outcome for Year 11 students consistently demonstrates “Well-above average” progress. Further information can be found in the DfE performance tables, which are available on our website.

“Pupils enjoy attending school. They told inspectors that they feel safe and know who to talk to if they want help.”

[Ofsted, October 2022]





The enrichment programme provides opportunities for students to experience activities not strictly within the curriculum for their year group. The programme provides exciting opportunities to be active, creative, intellectual, physical, spiritual and social.


Each year team Years 7 - 10, supported by their ACO and designated SLT member, devise an age-appropriate programme with each tutor group experiencing 6 activities annually on a carousel basis.

The Year 11 team deliver a programme of academic intervention for Year 11 students. The may be at times subject specific, or at others enable students to develop private study and revision skills.


Moving from primary to secondary school can be daunting. We endeavour to make the transition as smooth as possible by ensuring good communication between the primary school, parents and the Academy. All new parents are invited to a welcome evening in the summer term of Year 6 and all new Year 7 students will benefit from an Induction Day in July, and a second day at the beginning of September.

“Leaders place an emphasis on the induction of new pupils. Before Year 7 pupils join the school they can attend summer school and take part in special events.”

[Ofsted, October 2022]



We are delighted to welcome families to tour the Academy during the working day; details of upcoming tours are published on our website.

End of structured Academy Day

Period 7 each Tuesday for all year groups

* The Enrichment Programme runs on Tuesday for all students. Year 11 follow a series of booster and intervention sessions throughout the week. On Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, students are dismissed at 14.40.

** The Library is open from 14.40 and closes at 16.30. Students can complete their homework / preview with support.

8:20-8:45 8:45-9:35 9:35-10:25 10:25-11:35 11:35-12:25 12:25-13:50 13:50-14:40 14:40 14:40-15:30 Years 7, 9, 11 Years 8 & 10 Tutor Time Period 1
2 Break (10:25-10:45) Period 3 (10:25-11:15) Period 3 (10:45-11:35) Break (11:15-11:35) Period 4 Lunch (12:25-13:00) Period 5 (12:25-13:15) Period 5 (13:00-13:50) Lunch (13:15-13:50)
Period 6


As a smaller than average secondary academy, staff and students enjoy a close, personal working relationship. The 50-minute lessons (with some doubles for extended study) are sequenced with a range of activities to segment learning pathways in manageable units. Class sizes are smaller than the national average with a lower student:teacher ratio.



HPAs and G&T Students

Prior attainment data from primary schools, along with our own assessments and testing on entry, combine with our aspirational target setting model to ensure all students are suitably challenged and supported. All students have their progress closely monitored, but the High Prior Attaining (HPA) and Gifted and Talented (G&T) Coordinator will monitor the progress of our most able students.

Students identified as HPA and/or G&T will receive additional challenge, along with opportunities to explore and stretch their academic understanding.

EAL and SEND Support

Provision is in place for students who are screened on entry for English as an Additional Language, Special Education Needs or Disability.

Our SEND and EAL Coordinators work with a team of Teaching Assistants, and with all teaching staff to ensure appropriate support is in place for students that will benefit from it.

“Pupils feel safe. Pastoral support has recently been expanded with additional counselling and mentoring support in a new dedicated area.”

“Staff understand it is everyone’s responsibility to keep pupils safe.”

[Ofsted, October 2022]


Pastoral Care & Communication

We believe that a strong relationship between a student, their family and the school is vital to the student’s success. All students have a Tutor, who they will meet daily, and these relationships ensure all students are known, guided and monitored by a named individual.

All students are issued with planners that chart the Academy year programme, student timetables and rules and regulations. The tutor is the first point of call, with a dedicated Achievement Co-ordinator overseeing progress and wellbeing for each year group.

Contact details for all staff are available on the Academy website. The Academy is dedicated to close contact with families, both on a day-to-day basis and with on-going information about progress.


Three dedicated senior leaders are available as the first point of call for any student. Security is paramount at the point of entry to the Academy. All staff are DBS checked and visitors to the site are checked-in, validated and accompanied. All students are issued with Academy email accounts and have access remotely to the Academy computer drive – these are closely monitored to ensure student internet safety at all times.



The current accommodation was completed in September 2017, offering state of the art facilities for ICT, creative and performing arts, technologies and science. The new sports hall, fitness suite and dance studio, coupled with the floodlit multi use games area and extensive playing fields offer students the very best amenities. The new buildings provide excellent opportunities for students to flourish, nurturing and developing talents and skills to a high performance.

Dining Hall

With the two sessions of lunch, queues for food are virtually eliminated. Plenty of space is available for each student to sit comfortably following the self-service food choice. ParentPay is in place for speedy service. Menus rotate every three weeks with religious, cultural and vegetarian diets always included. The dining hall is also open before lessons for breakfast and at break time with a range of snacks and drinks available for purchase.

Creative and Performing Arts Spaces

The Academy has a dedicated floor for Creative & Performing Arts. With specialist Art, Drama and Music classrooms, students are given the opportunity to practice and explore their creative side.

PE Facilities

PE facilities are of the highest quality and meet the needs of any future sports star. With the all-weather 3G pitch, large fields, full sized sports hall, dance studio and fully equipped fitness suite, students can excel and find a lifelong passion for sport.

Science Labs

With ten fully equipped laboratories, students are given the opportunity to explore the theory and practical elements of the sciences in a safe and controlled environment. All laboratories have everything a budding scientist needs for success.




Students are expected to engage fully with their learning and represent the academy with pride and confidence. Rewards range from recognition in the weekly values card to achievement points that contribute to the House Competition and reward trips, as well as in-house events.

The Academy participates in The Jack Petchey Award Scheme that recognises outstanding contributions to the community.

Students are regularly celebrated in whole school or year group assemblies. 100% attendance, achievement and effort are all recognised to accentuate the emphasis put on these values.

Sanctions, where appropriate, include a range of measures designed to correct behaviour with restorative conversations. The emphasis is on support, emotional intelligence and collaboration to prepare students for the future, working with families to secure a desirable outcome.

All students are expected to look smart and to wear their academy uniform with pride.


Each student is allocated to one of three Houses (Malala, Attenborough and Jemison) for the purposes of sports, charity fund raising and other competitions. The achievement points accrued by students contribute towards the total tally for the end of year House Cup. Although students identify primarily with their year group, the Houses offer the opportunity to engage with students from different age groups collaboratively.



Careers Guidance and Destinations

Following examination success at the end of their time at the Academy, the vast majority of students progress to local sixth forms or colleges following academic or vocational routes prior to university or employment. Some embark on apprenticeships with companies that are allied to training institutions.

The academy offers a full programme of careers education encompassing: visits to higher education establishments; in-house visits; participation in an annual careers fair; a work experience programme and individual careers interviews conducted by a qualified professional. These activities are designed to fully support students’ choices for immediate destinations and future pathways.

History and Alumni

Although a new academy, we can trace our roots back over 80 years and are proud of our place in the community’s history and of the rich history and achievements of our alumni.

We find opportunities to come together to both celebrate our past students’ achievements and also to remember a sad event that occurred just over 60 years ago. A database of the alumni has been set up to draw on skills and experiences of past students to share with current cohorts. This assists with assemblies and careers and education guidance for the current students’ future pathways.



The Academy benefits from an on-site nursery, rated “Good” in all respects by Ofsted (2022), which enjoys brand-new, bespoke facilities including access to a large outdoor area for supervised play. The nursery is open throughout the academic year from 8.00am to 4.00pm.



In March 2019, The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy became the founding member school of The Bec Trust.

The Academy works closely with other Croydon schools as well as external organisations which provide specific services to our students. These include the highly successful Football Beyond Borders organisation and KICK London.

Our regular programme of Academy Days includes work with many of our nearest feeder primary schools. Student ambassadors / leaders undertake regular liaison work with students in Key Stage 2.

Academy students participate in a diverse range of opportunities during the three Academy Days across the year when the timetable is suspended and off-site activities are organised to enrich social, cultural and sporting experiences. We also host a number of borough-wide sports events throughout the year.



The entrance to the Academy is on Mitcham Road.

Tramlink: 5 minutes walk from Therapia Lane

Bus Route: 264

Principal: Mr S Trehearn MA, NPQH

The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS

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