Vision and Values

The Acorn Education Trust was formed in August 2014 to create a local solution to a national strategy. Through close collaboration and a shared vision we believe each school will achieve great things while retaining their individual identity. Underpinning this close collaboration is a strong belief in our core purpose. Across the Acorn Education Trust, our staff work to achieve the very best outcomes for all our pupils. 

Our Vision

"Preparing young people for their world in their time"


Every Acorn school will thrive, as we will ensure the foundations of excellence are evident in all that we do:


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Every Acorn school will thrive, as we will ensure the foundations of excellence are evident in all that we do:

Active and visible leadership

  • Clear vision and values at Trust and school level
  • CEO and Executive Headteachers are in schools
  • Headteacher carries out daily lesson drop-in, is on break duty; out and about at start/end of day; always modelling great teaching
  • Effective middle leadership held to account by line managers
  • School improvement plans are working documents
  • Systems and policies are standardised, aligned or autonomous – our rings of growth

Care, support and challenge

  • Culture is clear at Executive level and in all schools
  • Aligned appraisal system in all schools
  • At board level, Directors drive improvements
  • CEO fortnightly meetings with each Executive Headteacher/ Heads of business teams
  • Executive Headteacher meets weekly or fortnightly with Headteacher
  • HR Director supports welfare of Headteachers and all staff
  • Trust expertise in all subjects 
  • School to school support
  • Trust QA programme
  • External consultants (Ofsted inspectors) visit each school annually
  • Termly reviews
  • 360 degree meetings (twice a year) (Team around the school)
  • Acorn Leadership Programme
  • Coaching
  • Relevant and high quality continuous professional development

Opportunities for all

  • Teaching and Learning is at the heart of all we do
  • High quality curriculum
  • World class teaching and learning
  • There is a rich and varied enrichment programme for students
  • First class resources and facilities
  • Talent is nurtured and developed

Readiness to reach out

  • Belief in the Trust, each school and each individual
  • Understanding that each school is a “giver” and “receiver” for the Trust
  • Partnership working at a local, regional and national level is valued by all
  • Resources and expertise are shared
  • Teaching school hub is delivering highly effective training
  • Pupils work together in school and between schools

Needs of all are paramount

  • Relentless focus on outcomes for every child/student
  • Differentiation is a strong focus in all schools
  • Trust assessment, monitoring and tracking system is emerging
  • Weekly meetings on data
  • Standardised Pupil Progress meetings
  • Focus on all learners and Disadvantaged, SEND, LAC, Most Able
  • Trust wide approach to SEND
  • Intervention is used appropriately