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'The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.' 


We aim to deliver school to school improvement and exceptional learning experiences for both children and staff. Our aim is to develop a ‘family’ of schools where communities are striving for excellence; knowing that every day is a day to be even better than the day before, where going that extra mile for all our children is part of the fabric. We are passionate that all children are able to achieve and we challenge the thinking that only some can achieve. We believe, that in terms of learning, every second counts.

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Ray Lodge Primary has proven educational excellence and staff have extensive school improvement experience. Strive4 aims to help struggling schools to improve their provision and to offer outstanding education to all pupils; from disadvantaged or deprived communities or where mobility is high. The drive is the moral purpose and compulsion to share our approach to sustained school improvement for the benefit of children and their communities. We believe in providing stimulating and exciting educational experiences, and we will provide this through our high quality teaching, through a dynamic curriculum and through each child benefitting from out of school experiences that will excite, motivate and inspire them before they move on to secondary school. These will range from visiting a West End theatre production through to learning to play an instrument and eating in a restaurant after sharing the cooking experiences of the chef.

We are passionate about school improvement and the evolution and development of teaching and learning and in developing a family of schools where excellence is pursued daily. We are very open in our approach and readily share our thinking, resources and methodology with schools locally but also nationally.

Our principles of excellence

  1. Sagacity – where all actions are taken with keen perception and moral discernment; where all decisions are taken with children at the centre
  2. Timeliness – a culture where every second counts; not a moment is wasted and one where every child can succeed
  3. Rigour – where thoroughness and commitment to bespoke professional development for staff and aspirational life ambitions for children ensures that all are empowered for excellence
  4. Integrity – where the uniqueness of each academy is encouraged and celebrated and where innovative curriculums reflect the values and ethos with the whole school community
  5. Vision – leadership with vision and efficacy; where collective expertise, accountability and financial efficiency adds value and leads to ever improving and aspirational outcomes for children
  6. Excellence – where excellence in teaching and learning is a moral compulsion
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How we manage our business

The ethos of the Trust is to ensure that the existing strengths of each school are preserved and enhanced whilst supporting schools towards excellence. As schools join the Trust there will be an analysis of existing information including finance, base line assessment, curriculum, staffing levels, buildings and current judgements. A development plan will be devised and agreed with the staff and governors.

All academies in the Trust will benefit not just from the support provided by other partners but also from sharing their own existing good practice, ensuring benefits for good and outstanding schools as well as those requiring improvement. Each Academy, through its individual funding agreement with the Trust, will contribute to and benefit from the sharing of services to enhance its own academic and financial performance.


In short, the approach will be:


Working with schools graded outstanding:

To preserve the strengths of such schools, the approach that led to this judgement will be shared among the other academies. This will be facilitated by shared training for staff, observations and system development. Our combined knowledge and skills will fully support the ‘Outstanding’ schools by providing an effective and robust structure of support. ‘Outstanding’ schools will be able to enhance, maintain and improve their existing excellent practice through sharing ideas and implementation, through strategies such as action research, across a variety of settings.


Working with schools graded good:

Schools that have been graded ‘Good’ and joining the Trust will have many strengths to build upon. The Trust will work with these schools to help assist the move to an ‘outstanding’ grade. The extensive experience of our Trust membership will provide strong support for our ‘Good-graded’ schools by helping school leaders to establish and implement an effective framework to enhance high standards of teaching and learning provision and to share knowledge, good practice and services to achieve this. By working with other Trust academies, ‘Good-graded’ schools will be able to use experience and skills from across the Trust to enhance existing practice. We will support these schools by underpinning the progress towards attaining aspirational targets to achieve the ‘Outstanding’ grade.


Working with schools graded requiring improvement:

The Trust will work with the school leadership and Governors to analyse the school’s overall situation using the OFSTED report as a starting point. The Trust will support the school to ensure that the identified improvements necessary to move towards ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ are addressed. Our Trust is committed to raising and maintaining standards for all the schools and will work in the best interests of both schools and the pupils ensuring sharing of best practice and raising standards through a collaborative partnership. The combined experience of the Trust partnership will enable schools which require improvement to develop standards and practices and the underpinning resources to reach the aspirational goals set.


Working with schools in special measures:

Schools in this category will require rapid improvement strategies to be put into place. We will work with the governors, school leadership teams and staff to seek and implement relentlessly the improvements that are needed to ensure all pupils are able to fulfil their potential and benefit from the same level of provision across all trust academies. Our Trust will create a bespoke package unique to that individual school and provide full support through a dedicated partnership sharing our combined leadership strengths and education experience. The team will monitor progress and outcomes against the planned improvement strategy.


Key Performance Indicators for 2017/18:

· Develop strong financial planning models to help support the implementation of the Trust strategy

· Further develop the financial and management accounting reporting by implementing a comprehensive resource allocation exercise to determine curriculum and service budget resources

· Raise participation and achievement by Heads in budgeting.

· Improve support and access to financial information for Heads/managers, to enable good decision making and better use of resources

· Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the financial systems

· Ensure appropriate risk management and options appraisal of operations

· Maintain a positive cash flow position