This trust has developed in response to a request from the Regional Schools Commissioner to expand a strong network of high performing academies, trusts and sponsors in the North East. The initial interest is in primary schools that would like to convert to academy status and join a trust.
It is expected that schools who join the trust will embrace the following four strategic aims of the founder member Macmillan Academy.
While the areas contained in our mission will apply to every trust school, the intention is to enable schools with strong identities to retain their uniqueness while becoming part of a collaborative trust. This will permit the sharing of resources in a cost effective manner and to grow using the expertise of the combined organisations.
The trust has strong links with other North East partners – trusts with a similar ethos, higher education providers, Schools North East and the National Citizenship Service.
Given the area in which the trust operates there is a premium placed on high aspiration and expectations for the students who are encouraged to widen their horizons through a careers education and guidance programme supported by local industrial and commercial partners.
Other core values include improving health and emotional wellbeing of the young people and assurance that, from whatever background, all students achieve their potential. There will be a relentless pursuit of excellence in teaching and learning and school leadership.
Strategic decision making will ensure that the partnership schools can deliver shared expertise, value for money and the opportunity for staff to work creatively across the schools.
Central to the experiences offered by the partnership of schools will be:
Staff in the trust are marked by their commitment to students in their care, their inspiring teaching and their willingness to support in the classroom but also creating extracurricular experiences in which students can engage.
In turn students in the trust take a pride in their learning, attend regularly and seek the highest possible outcomes of which they are capable.