About Us

Welcome to The Shared Learning Trust from our CEO:

The Shared Learning Trust was founded in 2015 when 4 schools assimilated and split from their original sponsor to become a stand-alone multi-academy trust in Luton and Dunstable. The trust has had some great early successes since the foundation with improved Ofsted ratings and some remarkable gains in examination results. For example;

  • The ability to support The Stockwood Park Academy in moving from Ofsted rated; Requires Improvement to Good.
  • Greater economies of scale. Allowing our academies to spend more money on pupils and less on services.
  • Strong financial reserves to drive the Trust in an ever uncertain financial environment.
  • Strong collaboration, with shared accountability, which has led to better progress and attainment for pupils in our primary and secondary academies.
  • The ability to offer all our academies a top slice which is significantly lower than local authorities and other trusts.
  • Governors who come together from all our academies to share strategic thinking, combine skills and support each other.
  • In Key Stage 5, 86% of our students went on to sustained education or employment (vs national average of 73%).
  • Our academies boast some of the best, most innovative educational facilities in the country.
  • We work hard to provide students with a rich and varied education both inside and outside of the traditional classroom, to position them for success in life.


The Shared Learning Trust has appointed Cathy Barr as its Chief Executive Officer. Cathy joins the central trust having been Principal of the Stockwood Park Academy for the last five years. The Shared Learning Trust is a stand-alone multi academy trust which runs a family of schools based in Bedfordshire: The Stockwood Park Academy, The Chalk Hills Academy, The Linden Academy and The Vale Academy. Cathy grew up locally and went to school in St Albans. She has almost 25 years’ teaching experience under her belt, qualifying in 1993 and joining the team at The Stockwood Park Academy (then the Barnfield South Academy) in 2009.

Cathy said : “I am thrilled to have been appointed CEO of the Shared Learning Trust. I care passionately about the students we teach and will do all I can to ensure each and every child, from the age of 2 to 18 years, gets the best possible care and education in our academies.”


Our Ethos

  • The Shared Learning Trust expects exemplary conduct by every student.
  • In return students will be supported, monitored and encouraged to pursue their aspirations. We offer a wide range of enrichment activities and extra curriculum initiatives. The experience will be challenging, rewarding and memorable. Students enjoy their time here and also give back to the wider local community. They are role models and young leaders, who contribute to the collegiate ethos with a mature and dedicated approach to A-Level study.


Our Vision

  • Our vision is based around three core principles: Strive, Achieve and Believe! This is very much in the heart of everything we do. As a result our students are articulate, hard-working and well-rounded individuals who achieve highly and enjoy their educational journey.
  • The Shared Learning Trust’s ensures high quality exam results, as well as providing additional opportunities and experiences for students. Our academies prepare students for the next step, through the excellent teaching and tutoring of our highly qualified and experienced staff.
  • Our Trust is vibrant and friendly, supported by state-of-the-art buildings. It is a learning environment where all students have the opportunity to be high achievers, make good friends, contribute to their community and take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
  • By choosing The Shared Learning Trust you will benefit from the support of extremely committed professionals. We provide the correct balance between pressure and support for each individual, to ensure you leave with qualifications and experiences that will place you very well for your future career.
  • We hold a pivotal position in delivering a world class education for students within our local community.
  • Together we are achieving more than we ever thought possible.
  • We look forward to welcoming you to The Shared Learning Trust.