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Record breaking exam results

Students at Landau Forte College Derby are celebrating another year of great GCSE results.

The College & The Trust

About The College

Landau Forte College Derby was purpose built and opened in 1992 as the 14th City Technology College in England. As one of the original City Technology Colleges nationally it was a founding member of the City Technology Colleges Trust which has grown into the specialist schools movement known as the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust. In 2005 we were invited by HM Government to change our status from a College to an Academy and on 1 September 2006, after an agreement was reached between our Primary Sponsors the Landau Charitable Foundation and Rocco Forte Hotels Plc, we successfully completed the change.

Whilst the College is part of the national network of schools and colleges, it is owned and operated as an independent educational organisation, providing free full time education for children from 11 to 19 years old who live mainly within the City of Derby or within a radius of 4.75 miles from the College. We have more than 1100 students with around a quarter of them in the Sixth Form.

The College has been established to bring together the worlds of business, industry and education in a uniquely productive partnership to secure the highest quality education for young people. We offer dual specialisms of Technology and Business Enterprise. Demand for places is very high and the College has been extended to accommodate more students and provide improved learning facilities for them.

Our College Ethos

In partnership with parents, the local community and industry we hold outstanding teaching and learning at the centre of everything we do. We aim to inspire, engage and challenge all our young people, regardless of background,  to be the best that they can be. We have the highest expectations of all in a supportive, happy and welcoming environment. Our students are active, responsible citizens, ready to make a difference in the local, national and global community.

Our Vision and Values

Landau Forte College has always been a diverse community. We are proud to provide excellent opportunities to all learners, irrespective of background or ability.

Our vision at Landau Forte College is to ensure that every young person is inspired, engaged and challenged to achieve at the highest possible level.  At the heart of everything we do is a strong moral purpose to ensure all young people have access to the highest quality education and enrichment experiences.  We are relentlessly ambitious for our students in their future aspirations and we want their success to go beyond academic achievement.

The College aims to ensure that our young people leave as confident, healthy, secure and independent individuals who have a love of learning and are ready to make a personal contribution to society.

We will do this by:

  • Providing an exciting learning environment where young people feel safe, happy and valued. We will meet the educational and social needs of all our young people, regardless of ability, ethnic background or disability
  • Assisting our young people to become confident, creative and questioning individuals who are strong leaders and equally effective team players
  • Ensuring our staff are an inspirational, dedicated and well supported team who provided exceptional teaching experience for our young people
  • Investing in the high quality professional development of all our staff
  • Promoting high standards of achievement and attainment – our young people will be academically well qualified with a breadth of experience that has maximised all their talents and aptitudes
  • Giving our young people access to a challenging, broad and balanced curriculum, including regular and frequent opportunities to participate in high quality extracurricular enrichment experiences
  • Managing resources effectively and efficiently, ensuring value for money
  • Building trusting and informed relationship with parents/ carers and the local community through working in a true partnership

Landau Forte College Derby and Teaching and Learning Rationale:

Every Landau Forte learner, regardless of background or ability, deserves to be immersed high quality teaching and learning, allowing them to achieve their potential and succeed. We follow the ‘Landau Learners: Lifelong Learners’ Consistency Model where effective teaching and learning is characterised by the following key principles and all sessions should reflect these:

Learning objectives that are sharp and challenging

Assessment: incisive feedback that students can respond effectively to

Needs-based planning: adapting teaching to respond to the strengths and needs of all students

Deep knowledge demands more of students

Adequate time to practice and embed knowledge with no time wasted

Understanding of students is checked through questioning and timely support is offered


Literacy: equipping students with the skills to progress in College and beyond

Expectations- the highest of expectations of all students’ attitudes to learning

Achievement: We encourage all students to try hard and have pride in all aspects of their work

Resilience: Curious learners who use failure to improve

Never forgetting to teach to the top

Embedding knowledge, reading, writing, communication and mathematical skills

Resources that are appropriate and allow students to make progress

Stretching learners of all abilities and backgrounds

Our Sponsors

The two founding sponsors of Landau Forte College Derby, from whom the College takes its name, are The Landau Charitable Foundation, a private educational and charitable trust, and Rocco Forte & Family Ltd., formerly Britain’s largest hotel and catering group. Although the Forte family no longer own this group they are still major supporters of the College.

Other sponsors include:

  • Department for Education
  • Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd.
  • The Forte Charitable Trust (funded by the Forte family)
  • The Lord Forte Foundation
  • Rolls-Royce PLC
  • Thorntons PLC
  • Williams PLC
  • Wolfson Foundation

We are grateful to the Primary and Major Sponsors and to all the companies, individuals and other organisations who continue to support the work of the College.

About The Trust

Landau Forte Charitable Trust was established in 1989 and now operates 6 Primary, Secondary and Sixth Form Academies across the Midlands. Our education model and over 20 years of experience operating an innovative and forward thinking educational organisation has become the DNA from which more Landau Forte Academies have been developed.

We are passionate about educating children across the 4 – 19 age range. It is our intention to make a positive difference to the lives of young people with the ambition of securing the best education possible for them.

For more information about the Trust and our academies, we encourage you to visit the Landau Forte Charitable Trust website.

Contact details for the Trust can be found at the end of the Academy’s Contact page.

Annual Report & Accounts

Association Documents

Funding Agreement

Directors & Trustees

Martin LandauPresident of the Trust, Principal Founding Sponsor, Chair of the Board of Directors and Trustee
The Hon Mrs Olga Polizzi, CBEDeputy Chair of the Board of Directors and Trustee
The Hon Sir Rocco ForteFounding Sponsor, Board of Directors and Trustee
Margaret BellBoard of Directors and Trustee
Rosemary MorganBoard of Directors and Trustee
Terence OusleyBoard of Directors and Trustee
Alex PolizziBoard of Directors and Trustee
Simon ShooterBoard of Directors and Trustee
Keith DobleBoard of Directors
David ShoreBoard of Directors
Leah CharlesworthBoard of Directors

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