Our schools come to us at different places on the school improvement journey. How do we classify the level of support and inspiration for our schools?

Supporting

This is for schools that are already performing well and are judged to be good’ or ‘outstanding’. Schools may already be a converter academy or want us to manage the conversion process. As a supporting school, schools will want to play a key role in supporting other academies in the Trust. Schools are likely to have strong governors who are willing to support others at the local level. Schools will be expected to be creative in your own school and supportive of others in the Trust.

Supported

This is for schools that require a partner for conversion to academy status. They are likely to be judged as ‘requiring improvement’. By joining the Trust, schools will benefit from a high level of school improvement support both at school and governance level. We aim for all our supported schools to become self-supporting as quickly as possible.

Sponsored

This is the best route for schools identified by the Department for Education as requiring a sponsor. The trust will oversee the academy conversion process and ensure that the school receives all the necessary intensive support to improve rapidly. As soon as the school is out of special measures, we aim for all sponsor schools to be self-supporting as quickly as possible.