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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. We hope that our five schools, who share a child centred ethos, will continue to work effectively together to enhance the education of all the children in our care. 


We held our first joint event for staff and governors in Summer 2014 to launch the SWAN Trust.  We have continued to have yearly events to inspire our school team to greater heights. 


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 2017/18

  • Raise attainment and improve progress in outcomes across the Swan Trust.
  • To support the development of boys’ writing.
  • To Increase the number of children achieving greater depth.
  • To improve outcomes for disadvantaged children across the Swan Trust.  
  • To continue development of assessment.
  • To raise standards in Leadership across the SWAN trust.
  • Further develop systems of rigorous evaluation between schools.
  • Continue to develop effective collaboration at all levels including staff and children.


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 judgements 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 there is ongoing development work. 


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!