About Greywood MSTWe are a group of schools with a shared vision
Medium Term: 2-3 Years Established Trust
We intend to be a sponsoring trust and will investigate all opportunities to sponsor new schools, whether they be from planned housing expansions in the area or as a result of identified need, so that we can secure a wider range of capacity and provision to meet the needs of every child and maintain the balance of expertise and knowledge across sectors.
Expected progress and better than expected progress figures for children in every school will be above national averages and will compare well against those of similar schools.
Maintaining coherent succession planning programmes so that staff can benefit from effective professional development and can work in any MST institution appropriate to their phase (and cross-phase where possible).
Creating a renowned self-improving school system, sharing our expertise and successes and developing further our resources and capacity in order to support each other and any external educational partners.
We will grow in a controlled and sustainable way, ensuring we remain true to our founding principles, so that we deliver on key national benchmarks and strategic development across the MST.
All schools will be judged at least ‘Good’ by OFSTED. Effective and robust support systems will be in place to support any school that requires improvements.
Enabling the effectiveness of small institutions by promoting closer working relationships between them and joint leadership and management (where appropriate and agreed).
Becoming a Teaching School Alliance, offering opportunities for training, professional development, leadership and research across the region.
Remaining an inclusive and outward facing group of schools, keen to share our excellence as appropriate with outside schools and organisations.
Long-Term: 3-5 Years Established Trust
We aim for all of our schools to be performing in the top 25% nationally when compared with similar academies, and some will be judged outstanding. None will be less than good.
This will be under-pinned by our seeking to maximise the efficiency benefits that can come from such a size whilst retaining the individuality of each school and organisation.
We will develop the MST to include more schools, whilst retaining the balance of expertise, to further enhance the range of available provision to meet the needs of every child.
Centralised Provision and Support
- Baseline review of performance
- Membership of Greywood team; E.g. – Headteachers’ Board, Governor Board, focus groups, INSET provision, specialist support, peer-to-peer support, etc.
- Network of external school improvement specialists; targeted to school needs / priorities
- Specific support during external inspections; E.g. – OFSTED, Performance Tables publication, census, audits, etc.
- School Improvement Partner
- Membership of wider group; E.g. – Teaching Schools involvement, university links, PIXL, etc.
- Comprehensive CPD school-led programme
- Cross-schools systems and structures for key school improvement drivers; E.g. – SEF, SIP, appraisal, data analysis, etc.
Finance & Resources:
- Clear finance structure; E.g. – half-termly meetings, attendance at Governors, etc
- Full procurement support; E.g. – share contracts and services (economies of scale)
- Full legal support
- Full estates support; E.g. – Health & Safety, site development, etc.
- Full finance support; E.g. – accountancy, pay-roll, systems, auditing, etc
- HR Support
- Marketing / communication support
- Full support with external bids; E.g. – building works, charitable foundations, etc.
Enrichment & Inspiration:
- A wide range of learning approaches and schemes; E.g. – Forest Schools, Performing Arts and Sports Status, Duke of Edinburgh, etc.
- Cross-MST projects on set / agreed themes; E.g. – use of specialist teachers, etc.
- Sharing of site and equipment facilities; E.g. – staging, sports hall, etc.
- Full access to Greywood partnerships; including local business (George Hotel, Arthur Price), universities, local churches, Teaching Schools, PIXL, etc.
- Full support on parental liaison; E.g. – parental task groups, etc
- Student leadership programme
- Career and aspiration programme
Governance & Leadership:
- Full support from Members, Trustees, CEO and Finance Lead
- Full governor systems, support and training
- Clear structure for school-to-school network and support
- Core policy and procedures – including updates and developments
- GMST improvement plan – correlated with individual school improvement plans
- Full support with school / academy status; E.g. – legal, land, finances, etc.
- GMST leadership coaching and development programme (all levels)
ICT & Learning Technologies:
- Full procurement support; E.g. – shared contracts and services (economies of scale)
- Full ICT technical support
- Sharing of ICT and technical facilities and expertise.
- Full E-Safety and security support
- Staff development and training
(i) Transition Arrangements:
The provision of some of these arrangements will be gradual as schools merge into the MST; E.g. – the pay-roll will be developed as schools’ current contracts lapse.
This transition works both ways – for schools joining the MST, and for the MST as it builds a cost-effective structure.
Even so, the 5% cut would be taken to enable capacity to set-up of the systems and processes.
(ii) Centralisation with Independence:
Some areas will be compulsory – linked to economies of scale – such as moves into pay-roll, finance systems, centralised school management systems, centralised insurances, HR, etc.
Even so, in many other areas schools are encouraged to maintain current links and partnerships; E.g. – university links, local schools’ groups, links with transition schools, links with the Church, etc.
For further information contact:
Greywood Multi-Schools Trust
The Friary School