Virtual Transition and Open Evening


Academy Virtual Tour

Our virtual tour provides you with a chance to see our state-of-the-art facilities which include a 25m swimming pool, Theatre, Drama and Dance Studios, Library and Music Suite, Fitness Suite, 4G Multi-Use Games Pitch and fully-equipped science laboratories and specialist teaching rooms.

Academy Facilities

Browse our Academy’s prospectus and find out more about our passion and commitment to providing the best education to our pupils.

Life at Tong Leadership Academy

We strongly believe that high quality extra-curricular activities enhance the learning experience beyond the curriculum and are an essential part of academy life. We pride ourselves on giving all of our pupils the opportunity to reach their full potential. 

The Academy offers many exciting extra-curricular activities including music and theatre productions, games club, gardening club, photography club and much more. 

In keeping with our belief that learning should not be confined to the four walls of a classroom, the Academy offers a range of opportunities including residential trips and specific subject area visits. 

Our Transformation

Tong Leadership Academy joined Star Academies, the country’s highest performing multi-academy trust, in 2017. As part of the Star family, the Academy has access to a wealth of education and subject experts, a first-class curriculum and a network of schools to work with and learn from, including some of the most successful schools in England.

Following our inspection in November 2019, Ofsted reported that

“the school has been transformed over the past two years.”

The inspectors commended the rapid progress the school has made and acknowledges that the changes have been well received by pupils. The Ofsted report rated the Academy as ‘Good’ in four inspection areas: Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Attitudes, Personal Development and Welfare, and the Sixth Form provision.

In its report, Ofsted also praised the quality of pupils’ work and the support they receive from teachers by stating that

“pupils produce good quality work. In all subjects, teachers check pupils’ understanding throughout each lesson. This makes sure pupils do not fall behind in their learning.”

The school’s success in creating a “calm” welcoming environment that is an “orderly place to learn” was also praised by Ofsted inspectors, along with establishing a strong culture of safeguarding where pupils “feel safe and well-cared for.”

The whole school community is committed to continuing the success of our transformation journey as we seek to achieve ‘outstanding’ in all areas and help our pupils to achieve even more.

Personal Tours

In addition to our Open Evening and Transition events, we offer private tours of the Academy at a time to suit you. Please call our reception on 01274 681455 to arrange a tour.

Parents and Pupils of Tong Leadership Academy
Our families have chosen Tong Leadership Academy as their preferred school for many different reasons.
Denby McGinty, Head Girl Year 11
I came to Tong in Year 7 expecting to feel lost in this big school, but the teachers made me feel so welcome.  They helped to make it easier to find your way around and be comfortable in the new environment. The school has given me so many opportunities including through Leadership. I have completed a course in Sports Leadership and have been a Student Voice Representative in Year 10 and now Head Girl in Year 11.  I will be forever grateful for the opportunities and support the school has given me”. 
Mr Ashfak, Year 11 parent
“The support is excellent from all the teachers at Tong”.  
Mrs Booth, Year 7 and Year 10 parent
“I can’t fault the school one bit. My children’s grades have improved massively since we changed schools. I wouldn’t want to send them anywhere else! They have been more than accommodating of my child with special needs, and they can’t do enough to help, especially during the pandemic.  They phone the children every week to check in on them, but also check that I’m ok and asking if they can help us a family and that’s just fantastic. Best choice I’ve ever made sending them to Tong. The teachers are approachable and just a massive thank you to all staff”. 
Mrs Aziz, Year 7, 8, 10 and 11 parent
“It’s a great school with supportive staff across the board. They set homework that’s interesting and varied. They always ring when the children are not in school due to lockdown to make sure everything is okay. The communication is great“. 
Parent Views
“After visiting many schools in the area, we feel that Tong have the better (SEN) programs in place to assess level of ability and the support strategies to develop educational needs. We also really enjoyed the visit and the staff made us feel more welcome than any other school.” “After viewing the school at the open day we loved what we saw. The behaviour policy and facilities are excellent and viewing other schools’ virtual tours was nothing compared to Tong.”  “Excellent facilities, good subjects and good school bus service.” “Tong seems like a good school and a lot of people have recommended it to me.”

We provide a number of Transition Evenings, taster sessions throughout the year to support pupils making the move into Year 7. All Year 6 pupils who are allocated a place at the Academy attend an ‘Induction Day’ in the summer term. This day gives the pupils an opportunity to spend a day with their new tutor group, meet new friends and, most importantly, start to meet some of the teachers with whom they will be spending the next 5 years.

Transition Evening

We will invite parents/carers to our Transition Evening on Wednesday, 17th or Wednesday, 24th March. This will be an online event with a presentation from our Senior Leadership Team and information provided from other key staff members such as our Safeguarding Lead and Special Educational Needs Co-Ordinator. You will also be able to book an online video appointment with key staff to discuss any queries you may have around travel, uniform etc. We strongly recommend that you attend the online transition event as this will provide you with an opportunity to discuss all aspects of Academy life as well as obtain specific information for your child.

Transition Day

On Wednesday, 30th June 2021 we will invite all our new pupils to spend a day in school to meet their teachers, meet the other students and get to know the school’s expectations and processes.

For further information an please call our reception on 01274 681455