Welcome to our Year 7 Virtual Open Evening!

A warm welcome to Humphrey Perkins, a proud and bustling secondary school in the heart of Barrow upon Soar, Leicestershire.

We're so excited to e-meet you - and, although we're disappointed that we haven't been able to greet you in person, along with hundreds of other families that usually attend our Open Evening - we're determined to leave you feeling just as excitedrefreshed, and inspired at the prospect of enrolling at Humphrey Perkins. 

At our Virtual Open Evening, you'll be able to ‘stroll’ through our corridors as our students take you on a ‘Day in the Life’, hear from key members of our Senior Leadership Team, learn about the Lionheart Trust and our coveted curriculum, and browse our digital prospectus - all from the comfort of your own home!

In difficult times, when many of you aren't able to attend Humphrey Perkins in person, it was important to us that we delivered Humphrey Perkins to you. 

Therefore, we hope that as you navigate this page, you get a true feel for Humphrey Perkins and everything it represents - as if you were right here with us. 

A Welcome from our Senior Leadership Team

Meet our Executive Principal, Jenny Piper-Gale, and Associate Principal, Della Bartram, as they discuss our vision, ethos, curriculum and more.

A Welcome from our Head of Year 7


Meet our Head of Year 7, Mr Buck. He can’t wait to welcome you to Humphrey Perkins!


A Curriculum Overview, led by our Subject Directors and Curriculum Leads

In the Lionheart Academies Trust we focus on the key tenets of Academic Excellence and Holistic Development, with a commitment to social mobility and equity for all.

Our curriculum ensures that by the time children begin Key Stage 4, they have a secure knowledge and understanding of essential and challenging vocabulary, concepts and procedures as well as pertinent people, places and events. This is so that all of our children, including those less privileged, have access to curriculum content they need to succeed academically and in life.

We have carefully selected curriculum content to ensure depth and breadth of what is being taught. Our curriculum goes beyond what is assessed and is not designed just to push through mark scheme hoops: we believe that academic excellence is achieved through a curriculum that facilitates comprehension across subjects, encourages independent thought and creativity. It is precisely through our curriculum then, that we encourage our learners to be reciprocal, resilient, reflective and resourceful and develop as confident life-long learners.


The English Curriculum

From Classics to Victorian Literature, explore our KS3 English curriculum and beyond with our Director of English, Anna Hunt.

The Mathematics Curriculum

Maths underpins all that we see and do in the world. Explore our KS3 Mathematics curriculum and beyond with our Director of Mathematics, Tim Dolan.

The Science Curriculum

From the basic building blocks of human life to our extensive solar system, explore our KS3 Science curriculum and beyond with our Director of Science, Dr Sean Durran.

The Computing Curriculum

Do you know the six core principles of Computer Science? Algorithms, Programming, Data, Hardware and Processing, Information Technology and Communications and Networks. Explore our KS3 Computer Science curriculum and beyond with our Director of Computing, Tom Fitzjohn.

The History Curriculum

How much do you know about Leicester’s rich history? From the Roman Conquests to the Black Death, explore our KS3 History curriculum and beyond with our Curriculum Lead of History, Steve Reynard.

The Geography Curriculum

We’re creating passionate Geographers, unafraid to question the world around them. Explore our KS3 Geography curriculum and beyond with our Curriculum Lead of Geography, Tim Hackett.

The Physical Education Curriculum

We believe that PE plays a vital role in the physical, mental, social and emotional development of your child. Explore our KS3 PE curriculum and beyond with our Curriculum Lead of PE, Rebecca Ardley.

SEND Students, led by our Assistant Principal/SENDCO

Humphrey Perkins prides itself in its relentless commitment to providing equal opportunities for all. We strongly believe that every child, no matter their background and circumstantial differences, has an equal right to an equal education. Discover how we support our SEND students in the video below.

Enrichment at Humphrey Perkins

At Humphrey Perkins we aim to develop the whole child through a range of enrichment programmes. Our core focus on learning ‘outside of the classroom’ ensures that every student leaves Humphrey Perkins with the personal, social and communication skills needed to thrive.

Please view our Enrichment and Student Leadership Opportunities PDF.

Holistic Support and Student Wellbeing at Humphrey Perkins

We encourage our students to be brave, be kind and be the best they can be through a range of holistic support programmes; our dedication to student wellbeing is focused on the importance of physical, emotional and psychological development.

Please view our Holistic Support and Student Wellbeing PDF.

Humphrey Perkins is rated Good by Ofsted

Following a recent Ofsted inspection in March 2020, we were rated ‘Good’! The ranking is two grades higher than our previous inspection less than two years ago. These fantastic results are a credit to our incredible students, staff, parents and wider Humphrey Perkins community, who continue to strengthen and encourage us as we progress. You can read the report here, or watch our Associate Principal share her highlights below.

‘A Day in the Life at Humphrey Perkins’ – Tour our Site

It's time to take a stroll through our corridors and to go ‘site’ seeing with some of our very special students, as they take you through a day in the life at Humphrey Perkins. From Science Labs to the Drama Studio, we boast wide, open spaces and state-of-the-art facilities, ensuring that your child is always inspired by their surroundings.

Continue your journey with the Lionheart Academies Trust

Embark on your Post-16 journey with our Trust, which provides Sixth Form education in and around Leicestershire! Closest to our school is Cedars Martin, based at the Cedars Academy in Birstall. Slightly further afield in Leicester City Centre, but facilitated by excellent transport links, you’ll find Beauchamp City Sixth Form.

Take the time to explore your options below, with messages from our Head of Sixth Form at Cedars Martin, Kath Sedgley, and the Principal of Beauchamp City Sixth Form, James McKenna.

Browse our Digital Prospectus

Our brand new 2020/2021 prospectus details everything you need to know to get Humphrey Perkins-ready in just 36 pages. Check out our timetables, discover our curriculum and explore our extra-curricular programmes, right in the palm of your hand.

You can download it here.

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