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22nd May 2019



Dear Parents or Guardians/Carers


Since writing to you at the beginning of April 2018 following the successful application to the Regional School Commissioner (RSC) the five Governing Bodies of the five schools have met and unanimously agreed the best way forward for the SWAN Trust would be to convert to a Multi-Academy Trust.  The SWAN Trust is made up of five schools; Barnsbury Primary School and Nursery, Beaufort Primary School, The Hermitage School, The Oaktree School and The Horsell Village School.   As part of the SWAN Trust we have worked closely together, as equal partners who share a child centred ethos and work effectively together to enhance the education of all the children in our care.


The leadership of the SWAN Trust is important to us and one of our key motivators was to ensure that we maintain the ethos of the SWAN Trust and let it flourish as we become a MAT.  To that end we are delighted to let you know that Mrs Elaine Cooper, current Headteacher at The Horsell Village School, has been successfully appointed as the CEO (Chief Executive Officer) of the SWAN Multi-Academy Trust from 1st September 2019.  She has been part of the Trust since its formation and was appointed following a comprehensive recruitment process. 


For more information please read a more detailed letter below.  


Yours sincerely


Kerry Hutchins                                             Glen Alder 

Chair of Governors                                                    Headteacher


SWAN Trust MAT - Letter to Parents 22nd May 2019

More about the SWAN Trust 



The Umbrella Trust was registered with the DfE in July 2013 and, as each school converted to Academy status in their own right over 2013/14, we officially joined The SWAN Trust as equal partners. Our five schools, who share a child centered ethos, will continue to work effectively together to enhance the education of all the children in our care. 


We had our first joint event for staff and governors in Summer 2014 to launch the SWAN Trust.


The impact of the SWAN trust has been significant for all 5 schools reflecting the commitment and the support we feel as professionals when looking at the changing national agendas, we know we have made the right decision when it comes to partnership work and the challenge we provide to one another.


At the beginning of each school year, we share our school data and develop a shared action plan which links to each of our School Development Plans. This action plan highlights the priorities for the Trust for the academic year and shows how we plan to use each school’s strength to support one another.


Priorities for 2018/19: 

  • To continue to develop effective collaboration at all levels, including staff and children.
  •  To further develop collaborative research and monitoring between schools.
  • To develop effective systems of assessment which allow for effective moderation.
  • To raise standards in leadership, teaching and learning and pupil outcomes across the Swan Trust.

Each year, we will engage in a range of activities to bring about school improvement linked to the annual priorities. These may include:

  • Shared training and INSET
  • Sharing of best practice using each schools strengths
  • Action research in other schools investigating practice and impact for pupils.
  • Peer coaching and support for staff at all levels.
  • Leadership training including development of good governance practice.
  • Initiatives which raise the quality of teaching and learning.
  • Moderation of teacher judgments for pupil attainment and progress.
  • Early Years development
  • Support for actioning of new government initiatives.
  • Investigation into commissioning of a range of services, contracts and purchases as a group to provide better value for money.


In addition to our established series of regular ‘Directors’, ‘Heads & Deputies' and ‘Governor Group' meetings each term and ongoing development work.  We have a joint INSET each year, this year in February 2019 looked at the benefits and potential future opportunities for our collaborative partnership.


We will keep you updated of further developments through our newsletters. If you have any ideas for shared community events, please do let us know!