Vision & Values

Trust agenda driven by:

  • Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
  • Holding the principals to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils; and
  • Overseeing the financial performance of the schools and making sure its money is well spent.

As trustees of a charity, academy trustees must comply with the following duties:

  • Compliance – they must ensure that the charity’s resources are used for the charitable purpose and that the charity complies with the law and its governing document i.e. the articles of association.
  • Care – they should take reasonable care in their work. In practice it simply means ensuring that the academy trust is managed efficiently and effectively. It also means considering the need for professional advice on matters where there may be material risk to the charity.
  • Prudence – they must act responsibly, making sure that the academy trust’s assets are protected and used for the benefit of the charity. The trustees must make sure that the academy trust is solvent and keeps appropriate financial records. These requirements are reflected in the funding agreement and Financial Handbook.


  • Be authentic: role model desired behaviours and act with integrity and transparency
  • Inspire others: communicate with passion and purpose in a timely and consistent manner
  • Drive change: articulate a vision and energise others for improvement and change
  • Champion success: engender a climate of possibility and celebrate success


  • Broaden horizons: make connections beyond your role and context; create partnerships across and outside of the Trust
  • Bring people together: build inclusive teams that embrace diversity and respect differences
  • Build great relationships: foster trust, collaboration and camaraderie broadly and at all levels
  • Share practice: foster an environment that encourages openness and learning from each other


  • Focus on the whole person: get to know individuals across the Trust and understand what success looks like for them
  • Provide stretch challenges: create opportunities for people to build skills and capability; encourage measured risk-taking and active experimentation
  • Be a great coach: help people to be successful by being approachable, accessible and by flexing your style to meet their needs
  • Grow yourself: take responsibility for your own growth and development by pushing yourself to do your best; be knowledgeable in your field and embrace lifelong learning


  • Raise standards: go above and beyond expectations; focus on improvements and high standards of excellence, ensuring consistent and high-quality outcomes
  • Be proactive: identity and willingly tackle presenting and potential issues; take ownership for outcomes and follow through to completion with resilience
  • Empower people: make roles and responsibilities clear and encourage others to take personal accountability
  • Create a safe environment: provide resources and implement policies so that students, staff and other groups are safe and well-cared for at all times


  • Identify opportunities: scan the external environment to capitalise on opportunities and manage potential risks
  • Think broadly: develop solutions based on deep insight into what drives student outcomes
  • Make sound decisions: use a balance of intuition, experience and analytical rigour
  • Champion innovation: create space for breakthrough thinking