A new MAT with a unique approach and structure
The Park Academies Trust is pleased to announce that Abbey Park School in North Swindon will formally join the Trust in September 2018. This will cement the close working relationship being forged between Abbey Park School and Lydiard Park Academy.
We are also delighted that Red Oaks Primary School in North Swindon is currently undertaking a formal consultation with stakeholders with a view to becoming the Founding Primary Partner of the Trust in the Autumn of 2018.
We all know that the government’s vision for education is one of full academisation. But what if you’re a ‘good’ school and worried that becoming an academy or joining a MAT will weaken, not strengthen, what you already do? Or, perhaps you’re in need of support to reach ‘good’ and are looking for a trust that will help you find the answers, but can’t find one that will also reward your progress and give you the chance to grow?
The Park Academies Trust is setting out to be different. Not only is it rooted in the expertise of a school that has ‘made the journey’ but our new trust recognises the uniqueness of each school’s situation through the twin-track approach it offers.
PARTNER STATUSFor ‘good’ schools looking for shared ‘core’ services, a SIP-type consultancy approach to help you move from ‘good to great’, and enhanced opportunities for you and your staff.
MEMBER STATUSFor schools aiming to reach ‘good’, requiring a bespoke plan of educational support as well as access to shared ‘core’ services and, in time, the chance to acquire partner status
“We’re at the start of our journey, actively seeking like-minded schools”
Our vision is to build a trust that makes a significant contribution to improving education in Swindon and surrounds. We know the answers to most school’s needs already exist – we just need to build the right structure……read more
This starts with a discussion about how to maximise your benefit from joining the trust. By establishing your ‘baseline’ we can identify how the trust could help you get from ‘good to great’, what you might contribute to the trust and how joining could create financial efficiencies for you.
Through discussion we will develop an action plan with milestones for success that plots our route to making ‘good’ the consistent standard in your school. We will also explore the financial efficiencies membership could bring, that should help fund the enhanced educational support we would provide. Agreeing an action plan is a key step in joining the trust.
Funding the trust
All schools will be required to contribute to the cost of providing a shared central core of services, including educational support. Member schools pay more in return for greater educational support, kept in place until they achieve partner status.