The Portico Academy Trust was established in April 2016 and presently consists of West Leigh Junior School, Porters Grange Primary School and Nursery, Friars Primary School and Nursery, Hamstel Junior School and Hamstel Infant School and Nursery.


The Trust was formed to support and challenge, within a context of partnership, high expectations and professional integrity, schools with primary pupils.  Within a core of commonly held beliefs, we hold that each school in the Trust will retain its individual identity and character.


Portico Academy Trust aims to be at the heart of the local communities it serves. We aim to deliver to local families an excellent education and create new opportunities for our pupils. 



Through working closely together and sharing best practice, initiatives and expertise, we want all our children to be confident and successful lifelong learners.


As a Trust we strongly believe that it is important that all of our children acquire the essential key skills they will need to secure the fundamental building blocks of how to learn. By doing this they will develop a love of learning and become enthusiastic, independent inquisitive, risk-taking learners.


  • We want the best learning experience for every child, every day.

  • We recognise that learning is the key to every child’s future.

  • We meet challenges head on and find creative solutions.

  • We treat all members of our school community and our environment with respect.


  • To create a family of outstanding schools with clear purpose, direction and objectives

  • To provide environments where teaching and learning is paramount and children enjoy and are engaged in a rich and relevant curriculum tailored to their individual needs

  • To narrow gaps in attainment with the intention of reducing inequalities

  • To ensure empowerment of all pupils to achieve their full potential

  • To create and foster a culture of high aspiration amongst all pupils, regardless of their social, economic or cultural background 

  • To strive for excellence in teaching and learning

  • To ensure strong engagement in learning that fosters a lifelong learning ethos

  • To promote excellent progress for all learners.

  • To promote outstanding leadership and governance.

  • To establish a financial foundation to enable the Trust to fulfil its vision

  • To provide continual professional development and promote a well-resourced, high quality environment

  • To become the employer of choice

  • For each academy to be recognised as a centre of learning excellence, disseminating best practice within and beyond the Trust

  • To engage proactively with parents and the community in partnership to support pupil progress, wellbeing and achievement 



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Friars Primary
School & Nursery
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Hamstel Infant School & Nursery
Hamstel Junior
Porters Grange Primary
School & Nursery
West Leigh 
Junior School


Bob Hellen

Steven Levy

Heather Oram

Michelle Batt

Kate Baynes

Sue Hay

Bob Hellen

Frances Gretton

Graham Lane

Tammy McCarthy

Alan Murkin

Karen Packer

Nicole Ramsey

Ros Sanders

Claire Smith

Cheryl Woolf

Ron Wright

Staff of Portico Academy Trust

Cheryl Woolf 

CEO & Executive Headteacher to West Leigh Junior School

 Richard Queenborough

Director of Learning

Carly Hay

Media & Communications Manager

Jo Jarvis

Director of Finance

Madelaine Salmon

Finance Manager

Russell Sampson

Facilities Manager

Jason Mole

Assistant Facilities Manager

Iain Nash

IT Manager

Rebecca Sanderson

HR Manager

Julie Lapslie

Clerk to Trustees



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