Leodis Academies Trust

'Forging Young Futures'



Leodis Support Service (LSS)

The Leodis Support Service is based at Woodkirk Academy, providing additional guidance and support for all students and families across Leodis Academies Trust.


We work closely with pastoral staff in the Academies to provide ‘early help’ using a wide range of additional support services, which include:

  • Family support (one-to-one and parenting groups);
  • Emotional health and wellbeing;
  • Counselling;
  • Access to external commissioned services and resources we offer support to address all issues which may affect family functioning, wellbeing and act as a barrier to education.

We have a strong partnership with Children’s Social Work Services, which allows us to respond positively to children, young people and their families, who are experiencing difficulties and where there may be safeguarding concerns.

We are also committed to sharing information about as many local activities as possible, for example, through the Youth Service and Breeze, both during term-time and throughout the school holidays, to enable children and young people to have more positive experiences in their free time. Our Activities page will be updated regularly with all of the latest events and activities available.




Meet the LSS Team



Victoria Hayden

Leodis Support Service Joint Co-ordinator and Administrator

Victoria Hayden is the administrator for Leodis Support Service and has held this role since September 2017. Prior to this, Victoria was the administrator for Ardsley and Tingley Cluster, which was part of Children’s Services and in total she has been involved with the Leodis Academies Trust schools for over ten years, amassing plenty of knowledge, contacts and experience along the way.

Victoria is passionate about providing a service for young people and their families in the local community, to help overcome any difficulties or barriers which prevent them from having a positive experience during their early life and time at school.

Victoria also assists with SEN administration, which gives her an insight into some of the challenges and adjustments that some children require in order to help them to fulfil their potential.


Nikki Power

Joint Co-ordinator and Family Support Worker

Nikki is our Family Support Worker, holding this position since April 2019.  Prior to this she was a Family Links Mentor and Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead in another school.

She has previously worked as a Social Work Assistant and Project Worker within Social Care.

She is part of the Child Protection Team for Leodis.

Nikki is passionate about serving the needs of our families and identifying areas of support within our communities.  The parenting groups, home visits and school drop in mornings are just some of the services offered which she feels support families in making and sustaining change, supports them through challenging times and creates better communication with schools, other agencies and parents.  Her overall aim is to have happier and healthier family homes.


Lauren Johnson

LSS Family Support Worker

Lauren is the Leodis Trust’s Family Support Worker, holding this position since February 2023. Prior to this, she worked at Rothwell Cluster and with children who have special educational needs.

Lauren is passionate about supporting the families and young people within our community. Providing 1-1 support, drop in mornings, home visits and signposting parents and young people to services across the city. Lauren listens to family’s needs and where possible supports the challenges which they face. Her aim is to support the struggles and well-being of parents and children, and to provide advice to create positive outcomes which in turn could result in a more improved quality of life.

Contact LSS

Please contact us should you feel that you require support for your child or family.

You can contact us via email at leodissupportservice@leodisacademiestrust.co.uk, or by telephone, on 0113 887 3609.