As a sponsored academy, the Trust appoints the majority of Atkinson Road Primary Academy’s Governing Body.
The Laidlaw Schools Trust (LST) 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. 

The Trustees of the Laidlaw Schools Trust are: 

  • Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay, founder and sponsor.
  • Peter Fair, Chief Executive Officer.
  • Philomena Marshall, Education Director. 

LST has a highly skilled, professional and knowledgeable board of directors who are committed to raising standards and providing outstanding education for the children and families in our communities. They have achieved an Outstanding Judgement for Governance and Financial Management. 

Each Academy within LST has its own Local Governing Body (LGB) who focus on progress and priorities for their local school. 

If you wish to contact the Laidlaw Schools Trust please click here for further details.


To view the Laidlaw Schools Trust Annual Report and Financial Accounts, of which Atkinson Road Primary Academy is a part of, please click on one of the links below:

Financial Statements Year Ending 31st August 2016

Financial Statements Year Ending 31st August 2015

Financial Statements Year Ending 31st August 2014


Please see the PDF below for Governor information.
All Governors can be contacted through the school address - click here