Our Approach 2022

Our approach sets out what all of our academies do together, what we do slightly differently and what makes our academies unique.

Our approach is based on the principle of aligned autonomy, with a ‘backbone’ to how our academies operate and principles for what we expect, but with the autonomy for our academies to innovate, grow and develop. Our mission is to create successful futures for the young people in our care, so that every pupil achieves well during their time with us and is well-prepared for positive and aspirational onward destinations.

We expect all staff to be the best they can be. We want pupils to attend lessons led by skilled practitioners, teaching pupils about the subject they love.

We are a close-knit family of four academies located within a 10-mile radius – our proximity provides a strong position for collaborative working and reflects a deep commitment to our community. All schools within the Trust are united in their vision to rapidly improve the learning experience of their pupils and raise the aspirations of the local communities which they serve. There is a strong collegiate atmosphere within our Trust. We operate shared policies, systems, and processes to ensure that our collaboration creates efficiencies in practice. We want it to be easy for our staff to help pupils achieve well and be prepared for a successful future.

Our Commitments:

Curriculum Excellence

We operate a shared and strong knowledge rich curriculum. Our five-year curriculum contains the best of what has been thought and said in all subject areas.

Strong conditions for learning, pastoral care and safeguarding

We believe in a ‘high support, high challenge’ approach to behaviour. Our pupils have clear classroom routines, so no time is wasted.

We believe all pupils should enjoy coming to school, be safe and well cared for with us. We have a team of Pastoral Leaders, Family Engagement Officers, Safeguarding Officers, and School Counsellors to support pupils whenever they need it.

We are committed to reducing the number of suspensions and permanent exclusions across our academies. We have a ‘ready to learn’ group who discuss best practice, share ideas and strategies for individual/groups of pupils to ensure the very best is in place across our schools.

Teacher workload

Our subject teams plan and work together on shared approaches. Our middle leaders focus on pupil learning, not data input. Our Trust sets time for collaboration and learning from experts. Our teachers give whole class feedback, not individualised marking.

Developing staff expertise

Our staff are valued as professional experts in their field. We believe in excellent subject- specific CPD. All staff receive training in the most effective pedagogical techniques and our cross-Trust subject communities help us plan and deliver our shared Trust INSET days and half- termly subject networks.

Serving our community

We serve the communities of Nuneaton, Earl Shilton, and the surrounding areas with pride. We recognise that we have an important role as community partners to educate, enlighten and inspire our pupils. We work closely with primary partner schools, our sponsor North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College and other further and higher education providers to provide clear progression pathways for current and future pupils.

Environmental sustainability

We are committed to reducing our impact on the environment. We aim to implement environmentally friendly and energy efficient solutions across the Trust. We have a pupil led green council for the Trust and in each Academy.

Special educational needs and disabilities

We have a responsibility to ensure that all pupils with SEND are provided with the education, experiences, and skills to lead full and meaningful lives, without constraint or cap to their ambition. We seek to be an acknowledged local beacon of excellence in provision for pupils with SEND. We aim to be the provider of choice for parents and families of young people with additional educational needs. We expect teachers to plan lessons to meet the needs of pupils using chunking, modelling, and scaffolding.