Welcome to the Bay Learning Trust

A community of schools learning and growing together

We celebrate the uniqueness of each of our schools as we work for the good of all our young people and our communities

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Our Academies

Barnacre Road Primary School

The moment you join our school, you and your child become part of the Barnacre family, where we do everything we can to ensure that your child thrives and is happy in their education. Our school and educational philosophy is centred around the child. We aim to produce life long learners who grow up to be successful, well rounded individuals ready to make a positive contribution to their community and wider society. We achieve this by recognising that each child is unique and that they have different needs which have to be met.We pride ourselves on providing all our children with an exciting, broad and enriched curriculum based upon high expectations, hard work, determination and resilience.

Carnforth High School

Carnforth High School’s mission is to deliver an outstanding quality of education where all young people are ambitious to achieve, have high aspirations for their future and play an integral part in the community that they serve. Through enrichment activities and a wide variety of trips and visits, we encourage the students to widen their horizons and hone their leadership skills. Visit us and you will discover that Carnforth High School students are articulate and confident; they are independent, friendly and have a sense of pride in their community.  As a small school, we work hard to form partnerships in learning to offer students varied pathways to university, employment or further training and, knowing students as individuals means that guidance can be highly personalised.

Central Lancaster High School

Central Lancaster High School is a welcoming and close-knit community with very close links to the wider community. We pride ourselves on offering excellent support to pupils teamed with exceptional pastoral support and guidance. Our primary duty is to serve our pupils and their families, successfully meeting their needs – be they academic, emotional, social or extra-curricular – preparing them well for life beyond their time with us. We truly value the privileged position we hold. Through a broad, balanced and rich curriculum, all our pupils have the chance to thrive through the many opportunities made available to them. We are confident, through all of these experiences, our pupils leave us ready to make their own way in the world as kind, respectful, responsible and healthy successful young adults.

Morecambe Bay Academy

Here at Morecambe Bay Academy we are going places quickly. With state-of-the-art improvements to the fabrication of our academy, fantastic experiences supporting curriculum learning outside the classroom and good academic outcomes.
We are proud to be part of The Bay Learning Trust’s family of schools: a group who work together, yet retain our unique identity in serving the community of Morecambe and beyond.
We constantly seek to improve the quality of education for all our students and so enhance their life chances. equally importantly, we work to develop fully rounded individuals who have the confidence, skills and personal attributes to make them successful in their future lives

Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy

Ripley is a large school situated in beautiful grounds in the city of Lancaster. The school has a long and proud tradition, having been established as the gift of Thomas and Julia Ripley in 1864. Their spirit of adventure, philanthropy and faith is still at the core of what we do and what we offer today, over 150 years later.

Ripley St Thomas is a Voluntary-Aided comprehensive Church of England Academy opened in 1864, now with over 1700 pupils aged 11-18 on roll. Of these, approximately 380 are in the Sixth Form. The school admits 270 pupils each September. We exist to provide the best educational opportunities we can for the young people and families we are privileged to serve. At Ripley, we aim to combine our rich tradition with innovation in order to develop our young people in body, mind and spirit and equip them to be responsible members of society who will make a real difference in this world.

Longridge High School

We are a thriving, happy and successful high school set in the heart of the beautiful Ribble Valley. We are passionate about and committed to the belief that every young person deserves an excellent education, expressed in our shared vision ‘Excellence and ambition, from all, for all.’

We enjoy a close knit and friendly school community, which aims to unlock the potential in all our pupils, challenging them to achieve excellent academic standards, and developing in them the self- belief they need to mature into responsible young adults.

We provide excellent all round learning experiences for every pupil, allowing them to thrive and develop in a supportive and secure environment, where they can enjoy, aspire and achieve, and where they feel valued.

We work closely with families to support pupils through their transition to high school, through their high school years and to ensure excellent post-16 progression.

Who We Are

The Trust was set up by Ripley St Thomas Church of England Academy in 2017. Ripley is a large Academy with over 1700 students, 400 of whom are in the Sixth Form. The Academy has been graded “Outstanding” in its last two Ofsted inspections. Ripley has its own SCITT (School Centred Initial Teaching Training), which was also graded “Outstanding” in 2017 and again in 2023.

In 2018 we were delighted to welcome Carnforth High School into our Trust family,  Morecambe Bay Academy and Central Lancaster High School in 2019, followed by Longridge High School in 2023. In February 2024, The Bay Learning Trust further expanded by welcoming Barnacre Road Primary School into the Trust family.

Meet The Team

A message from our CEO, Sally Kenyon

Welcome to The Bay Learning Trust- I hope our website gives you a flavour of our values and what we are trying to achieve together.

We serve many rich and diverse communities. Through our work, we are privileged to make a significant contribution to the education of children and young people in our local area. Our priority is to provide the very best education that we can in all our schools to give the best life chances to our pupils. Moreover, we want to develop well-rounded and considerate students who will contribute to their local communities and make a positive difference.

We are proud to be a welcoming and inclusive Trust. Our schools are aligned in their expectations for our pupils but we are in no way uniform. We value individual school’s rich traditions, values and identities. If you want to know more about working in partnership with us, please make an appointment to visit our Trust, by contacting Caroline Wilson: wilsconc@baylearningtrust.com

Find Out More

You can find out more about The Bay Learning Trust by using the links below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.