Autonomy and Alignment

Each school within the trust has its own distinct ethos. There is alignment across the schools within the trust with respect to values, expectations, systems and operating procedures and in commissioning services.

There is also alignment on key policies relating to estates, finance and HR. A trust-wide recruitment and retention programme ensures that talent is captured and nurtured.

As the trust grows, there will be alignment of key educational policies across all the schools. A school improvement strategy is currently facilitated by a commonality of assessment and reporting procedures with aligned data collection points. The intention is to work towards having the same exam syllabi being used across the schools in the trust where this is mutually agreed by Headteachers.

Autonomy is demonstrated in the individual cultures of the schools within the trust: distinct uniforms, the individual school’s own relationship with the community and its own networks. The trust will not rename or brand established schools that join. The naming and blueprinting of Croxley Danes in the image of St Clement Danes was a deliberate policy to ensure that the brand new secondary school was successfully launched and grows confidently.


  • DanesEdTrust Image07:27 - 14/11/2019 A historic evening for our trust as trustees, governors & leadership teams from all schools met for the first time. Many thanks to our guest speaker who spoke about collaboration & inspired our trust that together we can be more courageous.
  • DanesEdTrust Image04:25 - 08/11/2019 We are looking for a motivated and experienced Netball coach to join our PE Department at in Chorleywood for 1.5 hours a week. The successful candidate will coach year 7 netball teams in preparation for school fixtures and tournaments
  • DanesEdTrust Image12:25 - 08/11/2019 Poignant events were held at all of our schools today remembering those who sacrificed their lives to give us better ones
  • DanesEdTrust Image02:59 - 06/11/2019 Renowned trainer and speaker on SEN and Mental Health, explored supporting mental health in schools day to day. Qualified Cognitive Behavioural Therapist, Sam works with schools nationally and internationally.
  • DanesEdTrust Image12:33 - 06/11/2019 ‘How do we arm children in the modern digital world to be resilient?’ BAFTA award winner Sallyann Keizer used exercises to explore techniques to support children & gave us an exclusive taster of her exciting new project
  • DanesEdTrust Image12:14 - 06/11/2019 Comedian, campaigner, artist and writer , our first keynote speaker shared his personal story of grief and his belief teachers are in the best place to recognise changes in the mental health of their students and offer support