Ashton on Mersey and Broadoak schools were encouraged by the DfE to become a Multi Academy Trust (MAT) some years ago due to their successful record of providing school improvement at other schools throughout the North West. Working in partnership with Manchester City Council is not new to The Dean Trust as we have previously worked alongside a Manchester High School and have developed very good relationships within the city.
We are now a small MAT with four secondary schools and three primary schools. Our Teaching School is based at Ashton on Mersey School and through our Teaching School Alliance we support many schools in the Greater Manchester area.
All schools and academies within The Dean Trust are in the Greater Manchester and Merseyside areas and are within easy reach of each other. This is important as we are keen to share good practice within our schools as well as within the school community of each individual organisation.
Within the Trust we have a National Leader of Education and a National Leader of Governance as well as many Specialist Leaders of Education. This expertise helps to shape our educational offer to our children and the aim is to ‘level up’ to the best.
As part of our protocols we have a number of over-arching Aims and a Mission that pervades all of our schools and academies as follows:
- We always put ‘Pupils First’.
- We follow Local Authority admissions criteria.
- We believe that local children should attend local schools and we are not selective.
- We are fully inclusive and welcome children from vulnerable groups, e.g. FSM, SEND, LAC, etc.
- We continuously provide high quality professional development for all of our staff.
- We follow the School Teachers Pay & Conditions and National Joint Council conditions of service.
- We work positively with trade unions and actively involve them in our decision making.
- We play our full role in behaviour partnerships/hard to place protocols.
- We always put collaboration before competition.
- To work in the areas of greatest challenge.
- To move all academies in the chain to at least ‘Good’ utilising the Dean Trust school improvement offer from the centre (Teaching School).
- To sustain improvements by developing character, values and beliefs alongside sound systems and processes.
- To ensure that all academies in our group adopt the Dean Trust model for success. High aspirations, high standards and continuous improvement throughout the organisation.
- To concentrate our operation within a 50 mile radius of the hub to ensure that coverage of the academy group and lead times are manageable and focused.
- The ‘Trust’ would have at the centre a Teaching School(Ashton on Mersey) and high quality Initial Teacher Training (SCITT).
- To have high quality academy/school governance at the heart of the process.
- To establish a strong centralised ‘back office’ support service for the academy group which is well resourced and funded to meet operational demands.