We opened our first alternative provision free school in September 2017. The Stephen Longfellow Academy has, as its central mission, a determination to engage with children and their families across the Leeds city region who are not functioning effectively in mainstream education.
In September 2018, The Stephen Longfellow Academy moved into state of the art facilities at Phoenix House (previously the temporary accommodation for Elliott Hudson College), having been housed in accommodation at the Bruntcliffe site until this time.
Under the exceptional leadership of Ben Mallinson the school is going from strength to strengthUnder the exceptional leadership of Ben Mallinson the school is going from strength to strength. We believe that under Ben’s leadership we are establishing a model for alternative provision which will become of national interest. Through our combination of intensive personal support and rigorous academic standards we are ensuring that young people are having their life chances truly restored.
The excellence of that work was confirmed during Ofsted’s inspection of The Stephen Longfellow Academy which took place in October 2019. The inspection was undertaken in the midst of intensive national scrutiny which the trust was subject to around unfounded accusations of off-rolling and gaming and resulted in The Stephen Longfellow Academy being inspected much earlier in its third year than would otherwise have been the case. Nethertheless, we are proud that The Stephen Longfellow Academy was judged to be Good in all areas and overall with significant strengths identified in teaching, leadership, our work with primary aged pupils as well as in our preparation of young people for life after they leave school.