INSPIRING ASPIRATION AND DRIVE IN ALL STUDENTS
Inspiring students from all backgrounds to build their personal confidence, find their voice, and aspire to great success in their chosen fields. This will be enabled through access to both outstanding education and best of class co-curricular activities including performing arts, sports programmes, debating and entrepreneurship.
Who we are
The Law Family Educational Trust (LFET) is a Charitable Trust established to support the Laurus Trust, a Multi Academy Trust (MAT), headquartered in Cheadle Hulme, near Manchester. The MAT encompasses the 4-18 age range in primary, secondary and sixth form contexts across Greater Manchester.
Our aim is to help raise all-round educational attainment levels and eventually serve as a template for state school co-curricular activities nationwide. The approach is rooted in our belief that personal development and aspiration are promoted by participation in a whole range of activities, not just academic ones. We aim to support the Laurus Trust’s Cornerstones programme which promotes the four areas of Academic Aspiration, Leadership and Service, Competition and Physical Endeavour, Culture, Creativity and Rhetoric.
Academic success alone is typically not sufficient for students to realise their aspirations. Broader character development is necessary if students are to access the best universities and careers and subsequently make the most of their opportunities. Every student should learn how to speak effectively and with confidence. By developing activities for which students have a particular propensity or interest they will become better motivated, more respected by their peers, more fully engaged in education, more likely to recognise their potential and more able to make a difference in the world.
A core belief of LFET is that it is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all. Failure at any point in time, in any discipline, should be recognised merely as a set-back, an opportunity for betterment and a spring board to future improvement and success.
LFET is wholly funded by the LAW FAMILY CHARITABLE FOUNDATION.
The Laurus Trust
The Laurus Trust is a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT), established by Cheadle Hulme High School (CHHS). In the 2018 Progress 8 Headline measure CHHS came in the top 2% of schools nationally and was named Secondary School of the Year 2018 at the Greater Manchester Schools Awards.
The Trust has opened four brand new free schools – Cheadle Hulme Primary School, Laurus Cheadle Hulme, Laurus Ryecroft and the most recent in September 2019, Didsbury High School. The Laurus Alternative Provision School is in the pre-opening phase. Hazel Grove High School joined the Trust in September 2019.
In 2016, Gorsey Bank Primary School, a high performing primary school based in Wilmslow, joined the Trust. Gorsey Bank ranks in the top 1% of primary schools nationally based on Reading, Writing and Mathematics according to the Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ league table.
Linda Magrath i is the CEO of the Laurus Trust, and was previously Head Teacher of CHHS. CHHS was rated Outstanding in all categories by Ofsted in both 2011 and 2015.
Tony Little is the Chair of the Board of Trustees.
The new Laurus Trust offices
Enrichment Through Special Activities
The LFET will support higher levels of student betterment across all ability levels through a wide range of special activities including performing arts, competitive sports, debating, entrepreneurship and Young Enterprise Schemes.
Co-curricular activities, in addition to regular sport and exercise, and a sense of competitive spirit will increase personal well-being, health and concentration levels. Collectively they will promote team building skills, leadership, and a passion to perform beyond one’s own expectations in all disciplines.
Recognising that one of the biggest factors in classroom experience and outcomes is the professional knowledge and skill of the teacher, LFET will also offer a Masters Programme for teachers to support ongoing professional development.