Q: Will the school be able to keep its own logo and brand?
Yes, the Trust does not insist on a rebranding, although for sponsored academies the DfE does require a change in name as a symbol of transformation.
Q: Can the school retain its existing structure?
Yes, the Trust has no preferred staffing structure but will want to work with the school to ensure the structure is delivering the highest outcomes for the best value.
Q: Will the school retain its current leadership?
As with all staff Head teachers are Part of the TUPE process.
Q: How much say will the school have in its future?
A great deal. The Trust is there to support the school to achieve its own vision. However, the Trust will intervene to ensure teaching and learning, leadership and achievement are successful.
Q: Who takes decisions in the Trust?
Most operational and strategic decisions are taken by the schools and their governing bodies. The Trust sets out the framework and principles by which schools should work in relation to its vision, values and 7 pillars. How schools apply these principles is largely down to them. However, if aspects of a school are not working then the Trust will intervene and take on the responsibility.
Q: Is the Trust corporate in its approach?
To the extent that it wants all its schools to succeed, develop outstanding approaches to teaching and learning and embrace the Trust vision and values. Its focus is more on the processes especially around learning and care, not on the outward signs or signals. It wants its schools to manifest their commitment to the brand through outstanding achievement, leadership and teaching.