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Our school family
Archbishop Sentamu Academy
Aspire Academy
Baldersby St James Primary School
Barlby High School
Burton Green Primary School
Compass Academy
Forest of Galtres Primary School
George Pindar School
Graham School
Manor CE Academy
Newland St John’s Primary Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Skelton Primary School
St James’ Primary Academy
Vale of York Academy
A SHARED VISION

School Improvement Strategy

School Improvement Strategy

The Trust’s school improvement strategy is based on a number of key principles, which reflect the three strategic questions, identified by the National Schools’ Commissioner, for which our leaders need to be held to account (DfE, March 2017):

  • Ensuring that our leaders understand the specific improvement challenges faced by their academy;
  • Ensuring that each academy has sufficient capacity to meet these challenges; and
  • Ensuring that governance at both Board and academy level has the strategic capacity to hold our leaders to account for delivering improvement.

As a Trust, we aim to build a strong culture of leadership, enabling us to:

  • Grow leaders who have the skills to meet challenges innovatively, leading differently if necessary to those leaders who preceded them;
  • Manage talent and succession plan effectively;
  • Enable new leaders to take time to evaluate what needs to be done next.

From principle to practice:

The strategies below illustrate how we currently aim to deliver effective school improvement based on these principles.

We regularly evaluate how successful we have been – our aim is to learn both from our own experience and “the system”, to ensure that our own processes continually improve.

Our core aims as a Trust are therefore:

  • Gaining and retaining a clear picture of each academy’s strengths and areas for development;
  • Agreeing a tailored plan of support and CPD for each academy;
  • Monitoring closely the impact of all support given, adjusting this as needed; and
  • Working hard to ensure we retain talented staff, giving opportunities for wider responsibilities across the Trust.
  • Our improvement strategy sets out clearly defined roles for the Trust Board, LGCs, and CEO.
  • These have recently been reviewed, with new schemes of delegation due to be introduced in September. These build on best practice from other trusts, and represent a further centralisation of core finance, HR and premises management, freeing up LGCs and academy principals to focus on the core tasks of improving teaching and learning and student outcomes.
School Improvement Team

Our team of professionals in the School Improvement Team will work with a wider team of Subject Specialists and the Workforce Development team to support colleagues in schools.

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School Improvement Team 

Workforce Development Team

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