Vision, Values and Ethos

Our ambition as a trust is that all our learners should experience “Life in all its fullness”.

Of course this includes the aspiration that they will achieve outstanding educational outcomes – whether in primary or secondary school, or in alternative provision. However, our vision is broader and deeper than this.

As a Trust, we want to see signs of the Kingdom of God growing in our young people, their families and their community, through:

  • Freedom:
    All our young people are to experience “Life in all its fullness” (John 10:10) – flourishing through the achievement of outstanding outcomes, including excellent exam results as well as successes in the areas of sports and the arts.

  • Aspiration:
    All our young people are to be given the tools and encouragement to move obstacles that appear insurmountable, to be the best they can be (Matthew 17:20).  They will be resilient, use their talents and gifts to set ambitious goals for themselves, and develop strategies for achieving these.

  • Inclusivity:
    All are welcome, particularly those young people who are most marginalised and most at risk of exclusion (Isaiah 61 / Luke 4: 18-19).  Our young people will be seen as welcoming, kind and accepting of others, recognising that we all have equal value, and that we have a duty to uphold and value each other.

  • Transformation:
    All our young people are to be SALT and LIGHT, becoming “the change they want to see” (Matthew 5: 3-16). Our young people will be characterised by their desire and willingness to serve others, finding practical ways of loving and forgiving each other, as we love and forgive ourselves.

  • Hope:
    All our young people are to know that they are loved and valued by God (1 John 4:10 & 19, Romans 8: 38-39, Luke 15: 11-32). They will have the assurance that this love is unconditional and available to all who wish to receive it.

We aim to achieve this vision as a trust by providing a supportive and accountable framework within which underperforming schools can convert as sponsored academies, and within which stronger schools becoming academies can lead the drive for all academies within the MAT to become outstanding.

The focus will be on working in partnership, with a rigorous but collegiate approach to support and challenge that raises the bar for school leaders, staff and governors. The MAT will be fully inclusive and will include both community schools and Church of England schools.

"Staff talk about being part of the school family and are proud to work there"

Newland St John’s Academy Ofsted

"Pupils described how well staff get to know them and how carefully staff listen to what they say"

Aspire Academy Ofsted

"Teachers value the range of professional development opportunities which enable them to improve the quality of their teaching"

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

"Leaders and managers, including governors, are passionate about giving pupils the best opportunities for future success. Leaders have driven the improvements to the quality of education in this school with determination"

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

"Pupils’ excellent behaviour and good attendance reflect the school’s high expectations. Pupils are proud of their school and all that it stands for"

St James’ Church of England Academy Ofsted

"A strong culture of safeguarding permeates the school. Pastoral staff know the pupils and their families well and provide very effective care and support. Pupils speak highly of the staff who keep them safe and say they are happy at school"

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

"Pupils grow and flourish in the caring ethos that underpins all that the school does. Parents and carers value the strong sense of community you encourage within the school’s very diverse cultural and social mix where everyone is treated with kindness and respect"

Newland St John’s Church of England Academy Ofsted

"Effective teaching in this school is characterised by teachers’ sound subject knowledge, backed up by a deep understanding of pupils’ different needs and the most effective approach to secure the best learning from each pupil"

Aspire Academy Ofsted

"The development of pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning is
a strength of the school. The Christian ethos is very clear and embedded"

Archbishop Sentamu Academy Ofsted

"Links to the local church and the school’s strong focus on social responsibility, tolerance and respect ensure that provision for pupils’ personal development, welfare, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is outstanding"

St James’ Church of England Academy Ofsted