About Us

The Laidlaw Schools Trust (LST) was founded by Lord Laidlaw, a successful international businessman and entrepreneur.

Lord Laidlaw is committed to investing financial resources as well as his own business expertise to improving education and the life chances of young people and their communities. For the benefit of the children and their families in LST Academies he is also able to bring considerable resources and expertise through his extensive national and international networks.

The Laidlaw Schools Trust was approved by the DfE as a multi academy sponsor and established on 24th May 2012. The new Trust developed from the single Excelsior Academy Trust, Newcastle upon Tyne, which was formed on 8th March 2006.

Presently the Laidlaw Schools Trust has three academies:

  • Excelsior Academy which opened in September 2008 as an 11- 18 Academy and which is now an All Age (4- 19) Academy.
  • Atkinson Road Primary Academy, a local and feeder Primary Academy for Excelsior Academy with two forms of entry for pupils aged 4 – 11 which joined the Laidlaw Schools Trust on 1st June 2012.
  • Thomas Walling Primary Academy, a local Primary Academy with two forms of entry for pupils aged 2 – 11 which joined the Laidlaw Schools Trust on 1st April 2014.