The STAR Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)

On 1 May 2018 the STAR Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) came into being. This has been the culmination of a great deal of work over the last two years and one that we hope will strengthen the existing strong partnership between our 10 schools even further.

So what are the benefits? Our schools want to determine their own futures, rather than being ‘done to’. The education landscape is fast becoming one where academy trusts are becoming the ‘norm’ and the capacity of Local Authorities to drive school improvement is diminishing. The culture of our trust is very much one where schools will retain their own distinctiveness but also benefit through collaboration. TGS is a very successful and unique place and by being part of the STAR MAT we will be able to keep it that way!

We want our students to achieve even better outcomes and for all of our schools to become outstanding. We will continue to build and secure local school improvement capacity, and shared development strategies, which will help us do this by providing appropriate levels of challenge and support within the partnership. We are building on strong relationships and high levels of trust.

We are near enough to each other to build a strong local partnership, building greater community cohesion, and more shared activities across all of our schools, benefiting students as well as our staff. These will include shared approaches to curriculum planning, teaching and learning and potentially opportunities to share specialist roles across more than one school.

Together we want to provide greater opportunities for recruiting new staff, to retain our existing staff, facilitate leadership development and enhance staff professional development. At a time of reduced funding in schools, our formal partnership can more easily achieve ‘better value’ and financial stability by having more efficient central and shared services and enabling individual schools within the partnership to focus more resources on teaching, learning and pupil/student support. As a trust of over 3000 pupils and students, and 10 schools, we will have access to the School Condition Allocation (SCA) which will enable us to access significant capital funding for our school buildings.

We will support – and challenge – each other through effective governance and accountability at local level. As good and outstanding schools working together in an already strong Teaching School Alliance, we are very well-placed to achieve this.

As a consequence of the formation of the trust Mr Sibley has taken on the role of Chief Education Officer (CEO) for the next year or so as we grow and develop our partnership. Mr Sibley will continue to have responsibility for the strategic direction of TGS, but Mrs Wendy Wilson will be taking the role of Head of School and will lead and manage the school on a day to day basis.

It very important to note that admission arrangements for TGS are not affected by membership of the trust and are still administered by NYCC.