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Our frequently asked questions

What is Luminate Education Group? >

Luminate Education Group is a group of education providers in the Leeds City Region. It includes primary schools, secondary schools, sixth form colleges, several further education colleges and a growing higher education provision.

It was renamed from Leeds City College Group in December 2018 to better reflect its growing portfolio of institutions. Its mission is to collectively transform the lives of all students and learners.

What is an education group? >

An education group is a parent company of different education providers. An education group provides its members with the support they need to achieve wider success.

Where is Luminate Education Group based? >

Luminate Education Group and its members currently reside in the Leeds City Region, with locations in Leeds city centre, Harrogate and Keighley.

Luminate Education Group is headquartered at Park Lane Campus, Park Lane, Leeds, LS3 1AA.

How many schools / colleges / universities does Luminate Education Group manage? >

Luminate Education Group currently includes seven member organisations (information up to date: 2021). They are Leeds City College, Keighley College, Leeds Conservatoire, White Rose Academies Trust (comprising four schools), Harrogate College, University Centre Leeds, and Leeds Sixth Form College.

What members make up the group? >

The members of Luminate Education Group are White Rose Academies Trust (early years, primary and secondary), Leeds City College, Keighley College, Harrogate College, Leeds Sixth Form College (FE), Leeds Conservatoire, and University Centre Leeds (HE).

How do I become a member of Luminate Education Group? >

To register your interest in becoming a member of Luminate Education Group, please contact melanie.halstead@luminate.ac.uk

How many people work for Luminate Education Group? >

Over 2,000 people are employed by Luminate Education Group.

When was Luminate Education Group established? >

Luminate Education Group was renamed from Leeds City College Group in December 2018, to better reflect its growing portfolio of institutions.

Who is on the board of Luminate Education Group? >

The board of Luminate Education Group is made up of 12 members from different backgrounds, who bring individual experiences and skillsets that benefit the Group. The governing board includes Colin Booth, Dr Shaid Mahmood, David Yates, Helena Phillips, Ian Watling, Dr Jane Pither, Queenie Mark Hor Kit, Jenny Hoy, John Toon, Ken Morton, Louise Rook, and Richard Shaw.

How many pupils, students and apprentices does Luminate Education Group look after? >

Luminate Education Group cares for over 30,000 pupils, students and apprentices in the Leeds City Region, across its seven member organisations.

What training opportunities are available at Luminate Education Group? >

Investment in training and support for both new and experienced teachers will always be a priority for us. We are continuously developing the range of teacher training courses available within Luminate.

The Luminate Group training provision is designed to support all staff in every part of their career journey with us. It starts from day one with an in-depth induction programme, and follows through to skills development, professional qualifications, leadership, coaching and mentoring, job shadowing, Quality Teaching and Learning Assessment and industrial updating.

How would my organisation benefit from joining the group? >

Luminate Education Group offers five core benefits to its members:

– Increased share of voice and influence to improve the prospects of students and communities. As a group we have the critical mass to make a positive difference to the economy of the city region

– Significant economies of scale through pooling resources and procuring more efficiently

– Collaborative working between members to proactively share ideas and best practice

– Extra support to achieve success – financial and pastoral – and strategic expertise

– Access to central shared services, including HR, finance, IT and estates

What is included in Luminate Education Group’s shared services offer? >

All members have access to Luminate Education Group’s central shared services, which includes ITSS, HR, Finance, Development & Strategic Growth, MIS and Estates.

What careers/apprenticeship opportunities are available across the group? >

At Luminate Education Group, we offer a wide range of job vacancies. Our size and diverse range of member organisations means there are always opportunities to progress. A career at Luminate Education Group means you are helping to transform the lives of young people through education.

Please visit our Careers page for current vacancies.

What wellbeing benefits does the group offer its staff? >

Staff are given a generous annual leave entitlement at Luminate Education Group, as well as flexible working terms, free confidential advice and support through an employee assistance programme, a health cash plan scheme which allows access to healthcare treatment and money to cover the bills (and covers up to four children), discounted gym membership, access to the cycle to work scheme, discounted Metro and Northern Rail travel cards, and membership cards for retailers including Costco and The Gourmet Society.

What is the CPD offer to staff? >

Professional development sits at the heart of Luminate Education Group’s priorities. We provide over 2,000 colleagues with tailor-made training, giving every employee the chance to develop their career in full. We put the spotlight on bespoke work needs, implement considerate work streams, and emphasise ongoing professional development to ensure our people feel cared for and valued.

The new Teacher Development Centre (TDC) is based in Leeds City College Park Lane campus, offering a hub of training and expertise where colleagues can come together to develop their craft. Anyone from across the group can access the facility. Click here to visit.

What schools are part of the White Rose Academies Trust? >

The schools that make up White Rose Academies Trust are Alder Tree Primary Academy (formerly Mill Field Primary), Leeds City Academy, Leeds East Academy, and Leeds West Academy.

What are the Ofsted ratings of Luminate’s members? >

The Ofsted ratings of Luminate Education Group’s members are listed below.

– Leeds City College – Ofsted Good
– Leeds Sixth Form College – falls under Leeds City College’s Ofsted Good rating
– Keighley College – Ofsted Good
– Harrogate College – awaiting first Ofsted rating since joining Luminate Education Group
– White Rose Academies Trust (WRAT)
– Leeds City Academy – Ofsted Good with Outstanding features
– Leeds East Academy – Ofsted Good
– Leeds West Academy – Ofsted Good
– Alder Tree Primary Academy (formerly Mill Field Primary) – awaiting first Ofsted rating since joining Luminate Education Group
– University Centre Leeds – 80.6% of students rated the overall experience of their courses at UC Leeds positively in the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS), compared to the national average of 75%. There were also strong results for the University Centre in the main categories of Teaching (86%), Learning Opportunities (86.2%), Assessment and Feedback (82.8%) and Academic Support (82.8%).
– Leeds Conservatoire – Leeds Conservatoire is the largest multidisciplinary conservatoire in the UK, with the widest range of courses in music and performing arts. The conservatoire prides itself on being accessible. In 2019, it became the first UK conservatoire to remove audition fees for all courses.

Who should I contact to explore the possibility of my school joining White Rose Academies Trust?>

To discuss the possibility of joining White Rose Academies Trust, please contact Yvonne Hare, head of marketing, communications and projects for the trust, on 0113 284 4260 (Ext 243) or 07906 699942.

Are there career opportunities within the group? >

At Luminate Education Group, we offer a wide range of job vacancies. Our size and diverse range of member organisations means there are always exciting opportunities to progress. You will be part of a positive, progressive and collaborative team, playing an important role in transforming young people’s lives through education.

Please visit our Careers page for current vacancies.

Where are the main campuses and schools? >

Harrogate College

Hornbeam Park
Harrogate
HG2 8QT

Keighley College

Bradford Road
Keighley
BD21 4HQ

Leeds City College

Printworks Campus
Education Quarter
Hunslet Road
Leeds
LS10 1JY

Quarry Hill Campus
Cultural Quarter
Playhouse Square
Leeds
LS2 7UP

Park Lane Campus
Park Lane
Leeds
LS3 1AA

Temple Newsam
Home Farm
Temple Newsam Road
Leeds
LS15 0AE

Deacon House Centre
Seacroft Avenue
Leeds
LS14 6JD

Joseph Priestley Centre
Beeston Burton Avenue
Leeds
LS11 5ER

Enfield Centre
Enfield Terrace
Leeds
LS7 1RG

The Foundry
Leathley Road
Leeds
LS10 1BG

Rothwell Centre
Marsh Street
Leeds
LS26 0AE

Leeds Sixth Form College

Park Lane
Leeds
LS3 1AA

University Centre Leeds

Park Lane
Leeds
LS3 1AA

Leeds Conservatoire

3 Quarry Hill
Leeds
LS2 7PD

White Rose Academies Trust

Leeds West Academy
Intake Lane
Leeds
LS13 1DQ

Leeds East Academy
South Parkway
Leeds
LS14 6TY

Leeds City Academy
Bedford Field
Leeds
LS6 2LG

Alder Tree Primary Academy
Potternewton Mount
Leeds
LS7 2DR

Yorkshire Centre for Training & Development

Park Lane
Leeds
LS3 1A
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