We believe in the concept of ‘A Whole Education’.  This is defined as the combination of knowledge, skills and qualities our young people will need in order to thrive in the 21st Century.

Our schools will create the conditions for our students to have exposure to a rich and culturally relevant knowledge base that builds progressively through EYFS to KS5.  They will have opportunities to apply this knowledge in various guises from generic problem solving to specific subject based assessments and qualifications.

We will provide a rich diet of curricular and extra-curricular opportunities for students to develop higher order thinking such as analysis and evaluation, building on skills of literacy, numeracy and oracy.

We are equally committed to creating opportunities for students to develop the five main elements of emotional intelligence and qualities of resilience, teamwork and leadership that will be significant in their journey through life. We believe that our extracurricular programmes in Sport, the Arts and Outdoor Education have a key role to play in this respect and will also act as vehicles for developing skills of creativity and problem solving.

We give high priority to the encouragement and development of positive student characteristics. Each school has developed their own language and processes to support these themes, but at the heart of this work lies the unifying expectation that we want all our students to learn the importance of working hard, doing their best, being supportive of one another and taking time to recognise the help they receive from others in our community.  By such means will our students be equipped to pursue their chosen careers and thrive in an uncertain world.

We are committed to the principle of cooperation and have built our Trust on a spirit of helpfulness and collaboration, sharing core values of Trust, Respect and Optimism, as defined by the Invitational Framework.

We will provide opportunities for our leaders, teachers and support staff to develop their professional practice and share what works well in our diverse family of schools.  Each school will design a curriculum that delivers this intent along-side evidence-based implementation strategies and a commitment to innovation.

The impact of this intent and implementation process will be measured by multiple metrics: student and staff voice and wellbeing, qualification benchmarks, destination data and, less easily defined, a culture that enables personal growth for all members of our community.

The Trust will provide Headteachers and Governors with resources and training and hold school leaders to account for delivering our shared belief that all children, no matter their starting point or background, can develop the knowledge skills and qualities that will enable them to lead a fulfilling life and make an active contribution to society.