On the 1st September 2016, Davies Lane Primary School, in Leytonstone and Selwyn Primary School, in Highams Park formed the Arbor Academy Trust with Davies Lane Primary School as the academy sponsor.


The schools first began working together in January 2011, when Maureen Okoye, Head teacher of Davies Lane was asked by the Local Authority to support Selwyn Primary School as part of a local authority improvement strategy. In 2013, the schools formed a hard federation and this partnership strengthened both schools resulting in Davies Lane being judged as outstanding (2014) and Selwyn as good with outstanding features (2014). In 2015, Davies Lane, a member of the Tollgate Teaching Alliance, was awarded National support school status following a  strong track record of school improvement,  supporting and working with schools in the local authority and as far afield as Southampton.


In 2016, in recognition of the significant expertise of the schools and Mrs Okoye,as  a National Leader of Education (NLE) , Davies Lane was awarded Teaching School status, making it one of four teaching schools in Waltham Forest. Maureen Okoye is also currently a serving Ofsted Inspector. The Trust also has three Local Leaders of Education (LLE) and many Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE).


CEO Maureen Okoye was awarded an OBE by the Queen in June 2017 for services to education.

Queen Birthday Honours 2017


In Feburary 2019 Woodford Green Primary School joined Arbor Acadmey Trust after successfully working collaboratively for a year.

Arbor Academy Trust a charitable company limited by guarantee and registered in England and Wales with company number 10234376. The registered office is at Arbor Academy Trust, Davies Lane primary school, Davies Lane, Leytonstone E11 3DR



Arbor Academy Trust,

Davies Lane Primary School,

Davies Lane,



E11 3DR


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