Context And Key Issues
The schools within the Trust are successful and well managed. The Trust works well with schools who move into special measures ensuring that within a 2 year period that they move to at least good. The challenge now remains to move these schools to “outstanding”.
We also have a highly competent and professional central team that allows our Board of Trustees to focus on key strategic issues. A number of very successful appointments have provided the Trust with increased capacity as we move forwards. National changes and operational context need to be carefully considered. As ever in education, the pace of change is rapid and seemingly accelerating. The Trust must consider and evaluate the context of;
- Curriculum changes across the key stages
- Qualifications and the changes in GCSE
- Funding formulas
- Teacher Training
- Accountability for all leaders within the trust.
- Inspection Frameworks for Multi Academy Trusts
The recruitment and retention of teaching staff is an increasingly competitive challenge within the areas that we serve. We therefore need to differentiate the Trust as an employer that provides superior benefits and opportunities whilst challenging the local geographic stigma.
The Loxford School Trust (LST) is a high quality Initial Teacher Training provision, and is ‘outstanding’. The Teaching School provides support and progression to all staff and leaders. The central team provides a range of services and support which are well matched to the needs of schools within a rapidly expanding trust. They are well placed to provide high quality support to schools in difficult circumstances and further progression and challenge for those that are outstanding.
The capacity for further growth within the Trust has been evaluated from a strategic, financial, and human resource perspective whilst also taking into account the local area context and the needs of our community. This analysis has been robust and the Trust is well aware of the capacity that is required to effectively and successfully achieve our growth objectives. We are confident that we are able to achieve further continuous growth further growth as long as we put in place a sound planning and development framework.
Together Towards Excellence Ambition And Inspiration
Our vision is to improve educational standards and increase aspirations for all by demanding excellence in all we do within our family of schools. We are striving to be an outstanding Trust, delivering a high quality education for each one of our students. At Loxford School Trust we aim to prepare young people for an ever-changing world that values self-confident, well-educated and enterprising people.
Loxford School Trust is relentless in its approach on school improvement, valuing traditional standards in
a technological environment. In recent Ofsted inspections all schools have been graded good or above.
The Trust thrives on its exacting and uncompromising nature and its quest for success for all students.
Loxford believes that everyone can succeed regardless of their prior backgrounds and that it will provide the widest opportunities through its extensive and broad curriculum to enable children to have the qualifications to access university if they wish.
It is essential all the schools has outstanding achievement, behaviour, leadership and teaching at all times. There is no reason why any external factor should be a barrier for any child not to reach their full potential and reach their ultimate goals. All stakeholders are immersed in a success culture and a can do attitude. Within this environment of high aspirations, pupils progress is tracked constantly with clear interventions and strategies employed to raise achievement further. We make a real impact on the lives of our students.
Attendance is high and there is a strategic vision led through the school’s Development Plan to raise achievement even further. Even though the Trust has raised many school from special measures, it will not rest on its laurels. There are further improvements and barriers yet to break. Children know what is expected of them and know what they can expect of us. We all live with the same Trust rule which is a simple but an effective tool – be in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing.
Underperformance of any child is monitored in partnership with parents and there is a highly focussed approach to raising standards at examination level. The curriculum is relevant and stimulating which places children at the heart and soul of the lesson. The staff within personalise the learning for students and guide them with clear targets to success.
The Loxford School Trust focus on the quality of teaching and learning whilst using funding in innovative ways because of the greater freedoms and independence that Academies are granted. The Loxford School Trust has been designed specifically to bring about transformation in areas of deprivation and low standards. It has proved that whatever the background of a child, children can succeed.
Despite our past successes, we continue to seek new challenges and opportunities to help children fulfil their potential, both academically and socially, so that they leave us with the widest range of choices in a challenging society. Loxford is now an all through school and welcomed its first cohort in reception and Year One two years ago. The Primary Phase is thriving. We want every child to feel part of the school community but our primary provision has its own personality, with specialist staff, separate buildings and dedicated play areas. The all through school allows students to make lifelong friendships and move smoothly from one phase to the next.
We hope to bring this same calm, purposeful and friendly environment in our partnership within our other schools, yet ultimately our mission is to raise standards of attainment and achievement.
All academies within the MAT are able to generate a positive financial outcome at the end of each financial year to deliver its aims through efficient, forward and effective curriculum led planning.