Monday 11th October 2021


Dear Parents/Carers                      

We are delighted to write to you again, as the headteachers of the secondary schools in the local area, to share the exciting journey that we are taking to establish a collaborative approach to the education on offer from August 2022. The table below shows the current age of pupil in each of the schools and the key stage that will be taught in each school moving forward.




From August 2022:

Ashby School

Key Stages 4 and 5: Ages 14-18

Key Stages 3, 4 and 5: Ages 11-18


Key Stage 3: Ages 11-14

Key Stages 3 and 4: Ages 11-16


Key Stage 3: Ages 11-14

Key Stages 3 and 4: Ages 11-16


The three schools are part of The LiFE Multi Academy Trust, an established trust with experience of supporting schools through age range change, as well as developing outstanding curricula.  Pupils currently in Year 6 will be able to select a preference of school, ready for Year 7 in 2022.


To support this process, there have already been several events which have taken place, and more will follow - ensuring that the community is informed and involved at every stage. All dates are provisional due to Covid restrictions.



Website link for recordings and for more information

Tuesday 22nd June

Live webinar by the LiFE MAT Headteachers and Director of Education (including a Q&A)

Tuesday 21st September


Ibstock Open Evening

Wednesday 22nd September


Ivanhoe Open Evening

Thursday 30th September

Ashby School Open Evening

Selected Thursday mornings

Ibstock School Tours – by appointment only


Selected Monday, Tuesday or Friday mornings

Ivanhoe School Tours – by appointment only


Thursday 28th October

3.30pm – 5pm

Support session for completion of School Admission Application Forms – available at all 3 schools, just drop in for any help needed



Through attending these events, we hope that you will feel informed and well supported in making the right choice for your child.  We see this change as an opportunity to develop an education system at the heart of the community that the schools serve. 


Once you have made your decision about Sept 2022:

  1. you apply for a place at either Ivanhoe College, Ashby School or Ibstock School by 31st October 2021 using the LA’s online application system at:


We hope that regardless of the decision you make, you feel well informed in making your choice. In order to support the LiFE Multi-Academy Trust with their planning for next year, please also complete the following survey using this link: Survey Link.


Best wishes



Mrs. Alison Allford                           Dr. Jude Mellor                                 Mrs. Sophie Williams

Headteacher                                      Headteacher                                      Headteacher

Ivanhoe College                                Ashby School                                     Ibstock Community College

11 Oct 2021

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