Staff, parents, governors, students, and friends gathered at Lincoln Cathedral on 26th of June to commemorate a momentous milestone: the 10-year anniversary of the Lincoln Anglican Academy Trust (LAAT). The special service brought together the diverse LAAT team, both in-person and via live stream, as the Bishop of Grantham – The Rt Revd Dr Nicholas Chamberlain, the Precentor of Lincoln Cathedral – The Revd Canon Nick Brown and Jackie Waters-Dewhurst (LAAT CEO), together with the cathedral choir, and the choir of St Wulfram’s to give thanks for a decade of educational excellence and community impact.
The cathedral was abuzz with energy as attendees joined in celebrating the LAAT tribe – individuals who have either been a part of the community or have supported and stood by the organisation throughout its journey. Notably, heartfelt appreciation was extended to those who bravely pushed themselves in the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a strenuous feat that combined with the individual schools 10 days for 10 miles raised an impressive £14,000 in sponsorship for the LAAT charitable fund.
Representatives from every LAAT school attended the service and all LAAT schools joined the service by live stream to enjoy the celebrations. A highlight of the service was the newly formed LAAT choir singing the brand new LAAT song, which was composed by Sally Howley, Headteacher at Brown’s C of E Primary School, and Tom Thorpe, Cluster Lead of Creative Arts, of William Lovell and the lyrics by LAAT children.
The significance of this event was encapsulated in a poignant speech delivered by LAAT CEO, Jackie Waters-Dewhurst. Drawing attention to a painting titled “Step Out,” prominently displayed in her office, Jackie described its elements – an archway, the magnificent Ribblehead viaduct, a vast beach, and an aged stone field wall – each representing a symbol of adventure, resilience, and transformation. Resting beside the archway were a pair of well-worn leather walking boots, embodying the collective determination of LAAT to explore uncharted educational landscapes ten years ago.
Today, LAAT continues to harness the collective strengths of its tribe. Armed with a diverse set of skills, expertise, energy, commitment, love, and faith, LAAT strives to shape a better, fairer, and more hopeful world by nurturing and empowering its staff to support and develop children and young people. By strengthening communities, LAAT remains committed to fostering excellence for all within its educational family.
Currently encompassing 20 unique communities, LAAT cherishes its 600 staff members, 4,000 students, and countless volunteers, each of whom possesses their own distinctive skills, gifts, hopes, and desires. Recognizing the inherent worth of every individual, LAAT celebrates their uniqueness and contributions.