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 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 in the primary and secondary phases. A school improvement strategy is 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; it is envisaged that the first tranche of primary schools to join the Trust will establish the schemes of work to be used in this sector.

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.


  • 09:27 - 10/07/2018 64% of Primary children met expected standards in Reading writing and maths this year compared to 61% last year. Reflects the quality of teaching and leadership in primary sector.
  • 05:20 - 10/07/2018 One of the best MAT development sessions we’ve ever run with the Danes Educational Trust last Friday. What a positive, self-challenging, thoughtful and passionate group of senior leaders. Looking ahead to how their trust can prepare students for a fast-changing world.
  • 05:11 - 10/07/2018 The end of year newsletter is now available to read on the website . Thank you to everyone who has helped make the year such a success!
  • 05:11 - 10/07/2018 We are hosting another FREE Physics TSST course for 2018 - 19. Specifically designed to develop the subject knowledge of qualified teachers who did not train as Physics teachers. For more information
  • 11:19 - 02/07/2018 Today is the day. Around 500 teachers from 6 different schools in our TSA coming together for a morning of inspiring key note speakers and curriculum group discussions. Adam Wright is just finishing with Andy Buck up next.
  • 11:18 - 02/07/2018 A pleasure to be at conference today here at , speaking to science teachers.
  • 08:34 - 10/06/2018 ICYMI Come and join the team! Exciting career opportunities at the school have just been advertised. Take a look: