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Welcome to Our Trust

Welcome to Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust

The Learn@ group of Academies and Alternative Providers serve the West of England with specialist education for children aged 5 through to 19 who have a variety of needs.

I am very proud to be part of this innovative and unique arrangement to provide quality teaching and learning for young people who have been identified as having social, emotional, mental health (SEMH), social, language and communication needs (SLCN) and autistic spectrum condition (ASC).

Across Learn@ we recognise that we are all different and life is not always equal and fair; many young people have special needs and traumatic early life experiences, which often result in their early educational experiences being challenging and negative. Our aim is to support all children and help them recognise their own worth, raise their self-esteem and re-engage them in successful learning with a wide, relevant and rich curriculum. We recognise that young peoples needs don't stop when school holidays begin and our aim is to provide effective support and continued learning opportunities throughout the whole year. This includes offering individual mentoring and holiday camps during the school holidays.

Our Academies

Our three specialist Academies provide education for young people aged 5 to 19 who have a variety of needs that may be SEMH, SLCN and ASC.

Knowle DGE Academy serves young people from Bristol and surrounding Local Authorities. They offer day time education with extended learning opportunities throughout the week and on weekdays to ‘short breaks’ at its on-site accommodation, the LoDGE. Knowle DGE Academy is a "Good" school which offers an "Outstanding" sixth form. (Ofsted, 2015).

Notton House Academy is based in Wiltshire and offers term time only, weekday residential education for boys from across the South West and is looking to extend this to 52 week provision in the near future. Notton House Academy is a "Good" school which offers good standards of residential care (Ofsted, February 2019).

Soundwell Academy is a new free school, which serves Bristol, South Gloucestershire and BATHNES. When fully open it will cater for 124 young people from 5 to 18 years. It will also offer ‘short break’ opportunities for young people to provide extended learning and independance training for the students.

All of these Academies offer a wide range of individually tailored curriculum programmes and vocational learning in small groups. Most of our students will have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) before they arrive but in some circumstances we can offer a place for assessment.

Alternative providers

St Matthias Academy (Key Stage 3 and 4) is an Alternative Provider which works closely with mainstream schools in the City of Bristol to both prevent exclusions and support young people who have been excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools. It has well resourced facilities across the Central/East and North districts of Bristol in Fishponds and Brentry.

Lansdown Park Academy (Key Stage 1, 2, 3 and 4) is an Alternative Provider which provides places across both Bristol and Bath and North East Somerset, for young people who have been excluded or at risk of exclusion from mainstream schools. It runs 3 different bases in Stockwood, Keynsham and Rush Hill. Lansdown Park also provide an Early Intervention Base (EIB) for Primary aged children to give early specialist support to prevent exclusion and create a more inclusive mainstream system.

Both our Alternative Providers offer a challenging 12-week programme, which following induction prepares and supports a young person to successfully return to a mainstream school. Some students benefit from an extended placement with us, which involves an in-depth assessment of their needs and potential transfer to a specialist school or mainstream with additional support.

Please take the time to look at all our academies in more detail through the links provided and contact them directly if you wish to arrange a visit.

Peter Evans

Chief Executive Officer

Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust

Our Mission, Vision and Principles

Our Mission 

‘All different, All equal, All achieving together’

To create a learning environment, which recognises that, all young people are different but all deserve equal opportunities to achieve to their full potential. We will deliver an outstanding, inclusive, personalised curriculum through a multi-disciplinary approach in order to equip our students with the skills and experiences needed to embrace life-long learning.

Pillars of Learn@ Vision


'A powerful voice to represent all LEARNers'

'Expertise across the spectrum of SEND' 'Increased opportunities for personal development for LEARNers, staff, parents and partners'

Learn@ Multi-Academy Trust is a well-established partnership of Special Schools and Alternative Provisions across the South West of England.

The Learn@ MAT group of Academies provide a range of accessible centres of excellence for teaching and supporting the development of young people identified with ‘Social and Emotional Mental Health’ and/or 'Communication Needs’ (including ASC).

Most of our young people have full Education Health Care Plans or are with us on re-integration programmes aimed at successfully returning them to mainstream schooling. Our windscreen of provision starts from early intervention through mainstream training and revolving door places to special school day and residential places. We offer short-break accommodation for up to 4 evenings a term in our modern LoDGE facility and full-time residential placements, Monday to Friday, term-time only, at our provision in the Wiltshire countryside at Notton.

Our Principles

The key elements of our over arching values are:


Everything we do as individuals, Academies or the Trust as a whole must reflect these values.

Our Principles in action

Learn@ MAT's 5 promises in our work with young people:

  • We will offer you the support you need to develop your resilience and aspirations.
  • We will provide you with a safe and stimulating learning environment with high expectations of all.
  • We will encourage you to identify and communicate your needs and help you to meet them.
  • We will support you in understanding how to communicate your thoughts and feelings appropriately.
  • We will celebrate and praise your individuality and achievements.

Our Schools

For further details on our schools and to join their Talent Pool, please click on each of the following:

Knowle DGE Academy

Lansdown Park Academy

Notton House Academy

St Matthias Academy

Soundwell Academy

Working For Us

You will be part of a friendly, helpful team with the chance of career progression throughout the Trust. We offer specialist CPD opportunities, cycle to work scheme, pension, staff wellbeing, staff helpline, coaching and mentoring.

If this appeals to you why not join our talent pool and we can update you on vacancies? We are always interested to hear from enthusiastic and committed teachers and support staff.