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Our Strategic Objectives

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All of our academies:
  • are the first choice for children, young people, parents and carers in the community
  • are judged as highly effective by Ofsted, other relevant bodies and those that engage with them
  • provide an engaging, inspiring and innovative curriculum that equips children and young people with the skills, knowledge, understanding and qualifications they need to make a success of their lives
  • are places where it is enjoyable to go to school and to work and, within realistic parameters, risk-taking and making mistakes are considered important elements of learning
  • are viewed as ‘bright stars’ of excellence that exemplify the positive impact of co-operation, culture (including sport), business and charity work within the community
  • provide effective support and guidance for assisting in the next stage of education, employment or training
  • adopt approaches that are sustainable, environmentally and Fairtrade friendly
  • benefit from a mutually constructive relationship with The Co-op as Trust sponsor.


All of our children and young people:
  • are successful regardless of age, gender, ability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or economic circumstances
  • have high aspirations and know how they can achieve them
  • know how to learn successfully, and keep themselves safe and healthy
  • understand the rich heritage of co-operation and how it can be a force for good in society
  • have had the opportunity to engage with employees and members of the Co-op to assist in their preparation for work and later education and employment choices in life
  • are successful in entering the world of training, education or employment equipped with the necessary skills, knowledge, attitudes, confidence and self-esteem to succeed as active members of society.


All of our staff:
  • work hard to be highly effective employees, engage in professional development that has a demonstrable and positive influence on classroom practice and/or whole school performance and develops them as learning professionals
  • develop in a professional, ethical and moral environment, able to progress up the career ladder within the Trust and beyond
  • are committed to co-operative values and principles and demonstrate them to children, young people, parents and each other through all that they do
  • have had the opportunity to engage with employees and members of the Co-op to assist their understanding of the skills, knowledge and understanding required to be successful in later education and employment choices for students/pupils
  • are treated with respect and dignity regardless of their age, gender and sexual orientation, religion, marriage and civil partnership arrangement, disability, race or maternity and paternity situation
  • are recognised for the positive impact they make and their successes celebrated.


The Trust:
  • is efficient and effective, promoting the highest educational aspirations for all and focused on achieving the best personal outcomes of children and young people
  • carefully selects new schools/academies on the basis of their commitment to co-operation and their ability to work effectively integrate with our existing academies
  • is valued by the Co-op as a vehicle for effective co-operative work to transform lives and communities, in addition to providing development opportunities for its business and those who work for it
  • effectively engages with other co-operative schools and is open to new opportunities as they arise
  • is emulated by others nationally so that it becomes ‘The Co-op Way’.