Northern Lights Learning Trust

Our school is now part of Northern Lights Learning Trust following the merger with Dayspring Trust in February 2023.

Northern Lights’ primary and secondary schools are a mixture of Church and non-Church, village, rural, urban, small and large schools. They are:

  • Benedict Biscop CE Academy, Sunderland;
  • Hart Primary School, Hartlepool;
  • Holley Park Academy, Washington;
  • Ian Ramsey Church of England Academy, Stockton-on-Tees;
  • St Helen’s Primary School, Hartlepool;
  • St Peter’s Elwick Church of England Primary School, Hartlepool;
  • Venerable Bede Church of England Academy, Sunderland.

All schools are committed to a shared set of values and a vision that puts children and young people at the heart of everything we do.

Chair of Northern Lights Learning Trust, Mark Stouph, said: “The trust provides fabulous opportunities for pupils to achieve their full potential, thanks to collaboration right through both primary and secondary phases. This represents a powerful force for good for education in the North East.”

Northern Lights is recognised by the Department for Education as a Centre of Excellence as a Teaching School Hub and as an Early Years Stronger Practice Hub for the North East. This means the organisation works with teachers and school leaders across the region, providing professional development and expertise for schools and trusts locally.

Jo Heaton, Chief Executive of Northern Lights, said: “As a growing trust experienced in conversions and mergers, we would be delighted to speak to any schools or trusts who would be interested in exploring future possibilities with us. They would retain their own identity, vision and values so that they effectively serve their communities – something we all support and cherish.

Find out more about Northern Lights Learning Trust, Northern Lights Teaching School Hub, Northern Lights Early Years Stronger Practice Hub as well as Northern Lights Initial Teacher Training, here.