Our shared values of inclusion, compassion, aspiration, resilience, and excellence are fundamental to the way in which all the schools in the trust operate on a day-to-day basis. We are proud of our culture and expect these values to be firmly shared and embedded in all of our academies, embraced by our leaders, teachers, staff, parents, and children alike.
The expansion of our Trust will provide opportunities for an increasingly skilled workforce, staff progression, career growth and succession planning to further strengthen the work of the Trust and the staff within it so that we are regarded as an employer of choice.
Our strategy is for growth with care, ensuring the trust has the capacity to meet the needs of each joiner school in terms of support, challenge, and leadership, without compromising the core purpose of any existing school within the trust.
Schools in the Trust will access the following support for school improvement:
We believe that opportunities to enhance teaching and learning through collaboration include:
We want you to feel the difference from the moment you join our Trust.
Where advice and guidance may be needed, our approachable and proactive team can centrally identify Trust wide training needs and respond appropriately, for example, with the arrangement of quality CPD or the creation, and research of systems to support our school colleagues.
All schools within the Trust have access to the professional experitse and development opportunities offered by our flourishing central team.
Our Trust partners have access to bespoke leadership and professional development opportunities.
Finance and Business Managers will receive support from the Director of Business and Finance, and work together as a group to develop and share practice.
It is expected that all schools in the Trust will use a common financial management system.
Functions within the central team remain strategic and supportive, for example, the Trust facilitates a review of services to ensure these remain fit for purpose, deliver at the quality we expect whilst increasing the level of value all schools receive from the Trust.
The consistent application of quality processes ensures both efficacy and excellence across the schools within the Trust.
These processes refer to the operational running of the school (budgeting, financial management, estate management, safeguarding, HR processes, absence reporting).
Having consistent processes makes possible Trust wide support during staff absence, along with the creation of a peer network of support and training whilst enabling school focus to remain on Teaching and Learning.
Some examples of what you can expect from the central team include:
Through the further growth of the central team, and the service we offer, we expect schools to experience further cost savings. For example, outsourced SLAs which may not be operating effectively or at the standard we expect may become centralised enabling quality outcomes to be delivered consistently across our Trust.
The proposed growth of the central team will be delivered in phases, as we grow, to ensure we remain sustainable whilst ensuring schools feel a benefit from the day they join our Trust. As part of our Growth Strategy we will plan for dedicated roles within the central team and a clear strategy for the following:
It is also anticipated, as part of our Growth Strategy, that schools will be able to access the following services through the Trust:
Through the Strategic Heads Group and regular liaison with local academy committees, schools within the trust have the opportunity to shape and grow the trust vision.
Our vision for our trust school improvement is clear: Enabling our leaders to take the improvement of our schools into their own hands. Our academies are part of a self-improving partnership of schools. The wider trust will do all it can to ensure that we are enabling and investing in rapid, effective and sustainable school improvement in all our schools. Our school improvement strategy is at the heart of all aspects of our trust’s work; it defines who we are as a trust and its impact measures our effectiveness.
Schools in the trust will access the following support for school improvement:
What matters most in teaching, learning and leading:
A precondition for improving our schools is the existence of a culture focused on learning in which all professionals
Without purposeful culture, no meaningful improvement – no professional learning, no curriculum development, no teacher leadership, no pupil self-assessment, no co-teaching, no parental involvement and no sustainable change is possible.