The Trust is committed to ensuring that every child in our local area benefits from an outstanding education. To that end we have taken on two sponsored academies, Court Fields School and Wellesley Park Primary School.
The Trust Heads have all been appointed since the schools joined the Trust and are outstanding leaders and managers. As a result, the schools have improved significantly over time. There is always more to do of course.
Joining the Trust
For a Good School, the Trust will undertake due diligence and both parties will agree the terms and conditions of joining the Trust.
- A strong and successful organisation with outstanding business practices.
- Supportive Trust leadership with an experienced NLE at the helm.
- Membership of ATSA (Affinity Teaching School Alliance)
- Membership of the Headteachers Board which makes decisions about resources, strategy and CPD.
- Excellent in governance to support your own LGB
- Support in bidding for capital projects to the Capital Improvement Fund through our outstanding Trust Business Manager (every year, Ali Crudgington has had considerable success in excess of £5 million)
Additional support for Schools in RI or a category
Where a school is a sponsored academy or RI, the following structures are in place to ensure the school progresses effectively towards a “Good’ judgement and improves its outcomes for children.
- Standards committee: Headteacher and Chairs of Governors are required to meet with the Standards Committee half termly to account for progress towards improvement in TLA and outcomes. The SCwill be advised by the Executive Head of the phase. Although this is a challenging and rigorous discussion, the SC will also take advice from the Executive Head about the support needed for the school.
- The Executive Head for the phase will spend up to two days a week in the RI/I school. His/her role in this is twofold: to evaluate what resources the school needs to improve and to monitor and evaluate improvement in the school.
- Support: Executive Head or NLE Primary from the Teaching school to coach and support the Headteacher and SLT. The NLE will also apply for school improvement funding for the school and manage the budget, recruiting additional support and delaying it where he or she deems it required.
- All schools will be part of the School Improvement programme:
- External support and challenge: The Trust employs a SIP for 3 days per school to ensure the school is accurately reflecting on its priorities and that its SEF is robust and accurate. The SIP reports directly to the Board and the report is shared with LGB. Where there are concerns, there will be a package of support brokered through ATSA
- Standardisation of work and moderation to ensure data is robust and accurate: between year groups at primary at transition points (EYFS,KS1,KS2) and at transition between primary and secondary, and bin subjects at secondary at KS3 and KS4.
- Developing pedagogy: through a programme of lesson observation