About The Trust

About The Trust

Acorn Multi Academy Trust consists of a group of Church and non Church schools connected by a common commitment to learn from each other by sharing good practice and experiences, as well as supporting each other across the Academy community. We work as a team to develop collaboration to ensure every child within the Acorn Trust has the best possible educational experiences.

The guiding principles of the Trust prioritise progress, inclusion, aspiration, excellence and enjoyment . These principles are teaching and learning focused, underpinned by excellent professional development opportunities for all members of the Trust (staff and governors).  Key features of the way we work include:

  • The recruitment of ambitious passionate teachers and committed support staff who want to make a difference to children’s lives;
  • High quality training within the Trust and through wider partnership working such as the Jurassic Coast Teaching School and Maths Hub:
  • System-led leadership and organisation;
  • Centralised back office support with specialists in finance, personnel and premises:
  • Good teaching is complimented by high expectations of behaviour and organisation;
  • Skills led governance to support and challenge each school:

We are a small, geographically close Trust, with an ambitious drive for high quality provision in all of our schools. We will be able to provide high levels of support to our schools, based on individual circumstances and a strong local knowledge.

It is anticipated that the Trust will grow to extend support to a small number of other schools and academies who will benefit from and contribute to our ethos and experience, and are committed to rapidly improving.  The Trust aims to provide intensive support to these schools to secure rapid improvement and establish securely good or outstanding schools across the Trust. 

The Trust leadership provides high levels of support to the Headteachers and individual schools in a context of earned autonomy.  Each school has the potential to support and be supported by other schools, offering excellent opportunities for development and growth within the Trust.

The Executive Head works closely with the Heads of Schools to share the Trust values across the learning community.  Acting as a critical friend the Executive Head will provide high levels of support, challenge, training and professional development, providing a highly supportive environment and allowing the Headteacher to focus on the core values of teaching and learning.

This level of support and training for a new Headteacher is a key feature of our Trust, supporting outstanding teachers and leaders as they take on the challenges of  Headship. Offering the opportunity to combine the creativity and independence Headship traditionally offers with the benefits of support and teamwork a supportive network offers.  The Trust also offers leaders the opportunity to share good practice and be influential beyond the boundaries of their own school.