LDBS Academies Trust


The LDBS Academies Trust collaborates with several organisations:

London Diocesan Board for Schools

The Diocese of London champions education founded on the Christian faith and its values. We have a responsibility for the leadership, support, growth and encouragement of 159 schools spread across 18 local authorities in London, north of the Thames. We care for 57,900 students as well as many thousands of teachers and other members of staff working in those schools.

The mission of the Church of England in London is set out in the London Challenge. Within the seven commitments in that vision, the LDBS identifies in particular with the desire:

  • To tell the story of Jesus Christ afresh for this generation and especially for the young.
  • To serve London and all her people through developing and adding to our schools.

Our ambition is two-fold: that all our schools will be valued for their excellence in education; and that there will be a place for every child wishing to go to a Church of England school.

London Diocesan Board for Schools


GROW Education Partners

Grow Education Partners (Grow) is a team of Headteachers, National and Local Leaders of Edcuation, Independent Consultants and OFSTED trained inspectors. This breadth of experience gives Grow the ability to put together the support required for your school. Grow currently works in partnership with 150 schools in both primary and secondary sectors. The schools Grow supports include Church, Community, and Independent schools and academies across eighteen London Boroughs and two European countries.

Grow is a company that has grown out of the work of the London Diocesan Board for Schools ('LDBS'). Grow provides continuity and stability whilst also being forward-looking and enterprising. Grow is experienced at working at all levels and in all phases of education. Grow works collaboratively with schools, governing bodies, local authorities and professional associations, including national organisations.

Grow is committed to inclusive Christian values. Grow believes that all children deserve the best education so that they may experience ‘life in all its fullness’. Grow wants all children to grow up with a love of learning and wants to support schools to cultivate success for children and adults alike. Grow believes in the potential of schools to make an immense difference to the lives of children which will benefit individuals and society as a whole. Grow looks for innovative ideas to promote positive change throughout the education system. Grow provides a high quality, personalised service that represents excellent value for money.

Grow services include the following:

  • Leadership and Partnership Support
  • Headteacher Performance Management
  • Human Resources and Legal Services
  • Recruitment and Retention Services
  • Training Courses



The SCITT is one of the UK’s most dedicated teacher training institutions located in the heart of London.

The SCITT’s highly personalised approach within a friendly, diverse, school-based environment makes it one of the best places to do your teacher training. School centred initial teacher training (SCITT) allows you to spend more time – 120 days – training in the classroom and gain confidence through increased contact with pupils.

The SCITT’s teacher training courses include PGCE Early Years (3 – 7) and PGCE General Primary (5 – 11) with access to its partnership of over 70 London-based Church of England schools. The SCITT offers School Direct Primary and School Direct Secondary for an entirely on-the-job training as well as Early Years ITT on-the-job training for those who wish to focus their work on the birth to five age range.

The SCITT is very proud of its outstanding success rate with 100% of SCITT trainees going on to enjoy rewarding teaching careers. Find out about their experiences plus check out the SCITT’s upcoming open days and events where you can learn more about what the SCITT does and how you can do your teacher training with the SCITT.

Please get in touch with the SCITT if you’re thinking of becoming a teacher or for more
details about the SCITT teacher training courses by calling 0207 252 1220 or email the SCITT.



The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership

The Church of England Foundation for Educational Leadership (CEFEL) brings together a wide range of educational partners, dedicated to supporting the development of leaders in education working towards a vision for education based on a Christian view of 'life in all its fullness' (John 10:10).

They work to resource leaders at all levels of the education system by offering:

  • Networks: Bringing leaders together regionally to support, challenge and inspire each other, through collaboration, coaching and conferences
  • Programmes: Equipping school and system leaders with the wisdom, knowledge and skills to realise their vision for education.
  • Research: Ensuring leaders have access to a strong evidence base for their work through a depth of thinking and reflection on leadership, pedagogy and theology

Through these 3 core strands, the Foundation aims to create and resource a movement of dynamic and creative leaders who are equipped and encouraged to support each other’s development, synergising the best in pedagogical and leadership thinking with rich theological reflection and personal development.

Regional peer support networks provide the opportunity for schools of all shapes and sizes to work together to support each other’s development through rich pedagogical and theological reflection, through a wide range of regional, national and international events and connections.

CEFEL is a national NPQ provider and deliver the full suite of programme in partnership with regional providers. The LDBS Academies Trust leads one of the programs, NPQH. Our staff have access to the full suite of programs to develop their professional leading.




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