We work to harness the collective talent, wisdom, knowledge and skills of everyone to empower and sustain education in our local communities. Our Trust therefore works to the following principles:
By Schools, for Schools
For the Common Good
In the Way of the Good Shepherd
We are always grateful to receive comments and appreciate the time people take to let us know if there are things we could do better, or if there are things that we are doing right. Here is a selection of some of the feedback that we have received about our practice recently:
Trust membership is having a constructive influence on its life and viability. The school shares senior leadership and governance with a nearby Trust school. This provides strong strategic leadership and a stable and sustainable platform for development. St Andrew’s is an official feeder school for its associated primary school... There is now a waiting list for Reception pupils, reversing a steep decline in applications for places...Senior leaders, the Trust and the local governing committee ensure ongoing monitoring and evaluation which leads to well-focused development planning.
St Andrew's SIAMS Report July 2019
Support from the MAT ensures the school continues to make good
progress in all areas.
St Mark and All Saints SIAMS Report July 2019
Senior and middle leadership has been reorganised so that all are clear on their individual roles and responsibilities. Leaders are being supported effectively in their new roles, including through training and mentoring provided by the Trust.
Christ's College Ofsted Report June 2019
Fabulous conference and have taken lots from it. Lovely to have our wellbeing at the forefront and lots of time to talk and share. A lovely sense of being valued and listened to. Strong sense/atmosphere of commonality, trust, shared purpose and openness. Lots of opportunities to build relationships and friendships. A great opportunity to see the Trust vision and be part of the way the Trust is moving forward. Very interesting and inspiring work on the curriculum. I have found the two days incredibly useful. I have come away with lots of ideas for moving my school forwards and have a greater understanding of the Trust and the schools within it.
Evaluation form responses from School Leaders Residential May 2019
Parents recognise that leadership and management has improved since the last inspection. Meetings between parents, school leaders and trust representatives have been well received by parents. Some parents appreciate having the opportunity to discuss their concerns with leaders and trust members. For example, parents told me that in the ‘parents’ forum’ they have been able to make suggestions regarding school improvements and have been listened to by leaders.
The Weald HMI Monitoring Report May 2019
The Trust believe passionately about developing staff at all levels and with the help of a Leadership Coach and officers, I have been able to navigate through tricky situations we all find ourselves in as Headteachers and find solutions that benefit all our children. This has been invaluable to my development as a leader.
Officers like to have regular contact with leaders to guide and understand each school so it is a shared approach for school improvement and the quest for excellence. They also recognise strengths in individuals and encourage leaders to grow and experience new changes with the faith and encouragement they need to take on those new steps.
I would highly recommend working for the Trust as it continues to grow, shaping the lives for its children and staff.
Executive Headteacher, May 2019
The MAT also monitors pupils’ progress and the work of the governing body closely. This contributes to the school’s identification of priorities for improvement and focuses the support that the MAT provides. The MAT has made a significant contribution towards improving the impact of leadership and governance.
St Mary's Ofsted Report February 2019
Acting with energy and decisiveness, he [the new CEO] has refreshed the Christian vision of the Trust and has introduced a range of well-received policies and practices. He has overseen the creation of a well-focused and ambitious strategic plan. Particularly noteworthy is the focus on collaboration between schools and arrangements for school-to-school support.
School leaders welcome the clarity of the Trust’s overarching strategy for improving provision and outcomes for pupils.
A key feature of the Trust’s approach to school improvement is the emphasis on collaboration and school-to-school support.
Middle leaders speak with enthusiasm about the renewed sense of energy and direction within the Trust. They welcome the focus on school-to-school support and embrace the leadership development opportunities that arise from it.
The Trust has made a significant financial and time commitment to developing a common language for curriculum, teaching and assessment. The majority of schools have embraced these developments and believe they will improve standards in their schools. Staff described these new developments as a ‘breath of fresh air’.
HMI Pilot MAT Review September 2018