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.


  • 06:27 - 21/09/2018 Really exciting to see the foundations taking shape!
  • 09:07 - 21/09/2018 Looking forward to celebrating the successes of our current and former students today at Speech Day and hearing the orchestra perform for the first time this year.
  • 07:19 - 14/09/2018 have received our lovely plaque for work on the NPQML qualification and being an accredited partner with the and Making a space on the wall right now to show it off!
  • 07:18 - 14/09/2018 Last chance to apply: Opportunity to join our team as a Curriculum Administrator - a varied role, helping the Faculties provide an outstanding education to our students. To apply:
  • 07:17 - 14/09/2018 The first School Direct twilight meeting for our new trainees, 39 this year across the hub, went down very well. Thank you Mary and Chris for hosting . Best wishes to all our trainees this year.
  • 06:45 - 04/09/2018 Good luck to both our Headteachers, their staff and students as they begin a new school year. Both schools are looking fantastic!
  • 07:06 - 03/09/2018 We can't wait to meet our new Year 7s and Year 12 students tomorrow and the rest of the school on Wednesday. We think they will notice some changes!
  • 07:06 - 03/09/2018 We have had a great day with our new staff team and can't wait to meet our new Year 7 and soon to be Year 8 students over the next couple of days. Let's get term started!