Beyond Schools Trust
We are an ambitious organisation of 5 schools, serving the educational needs of nearly 4,000 children and young people aged 3 to 19.
Our academies are based in a tight geographical area drawing students and employees from Kent and Medway in the South East of England.
We employ around 600 people in a range of roles designed to support children to be successful when they leave the Trust. We also rely on the time and commitment of over 70 volunteer Trustees and Governors, who share our ambitions for our schools and our students. These are expressed in our vision, our mission, and our values.
We have a strong belief in the value of lifelong learning and in our strategic plan, we set out to develop a Trust that fully prepares children so they have the skills, knowledge, values and character to be successful in the world beyond our doors. We also believe that our greatest asset as an organization, is our people, and we are privileged to be involved with such courageous, committed and child-centred employees. Everything we do is aimed at providing our staff with the resources and leadership to achieve their best. We believe that a supported and motivated staff create the best environment and opportunities for students to achieve their full potential.
Welcome to Beyond.
Andrew Minchin - CEO
Our vision is simple:
To be the most respected family of schools - trusted to provide the highest quality of educational experiences in our communities.
We believe that by working together, rather than in isolation, we can accelerate school improvement and embed our vision in our academies. In working and collaborating towards our common strategic objectives, we can create more opportunities for lifelong success for our students.
The fundamental philosophy behind the Beyond Schools Trust’s vision and strategic plan is all about thinking beyond the present day; looking at what is right for our students and staff both now and in the longer term.
Put simply we strive to:
Develop and retain the best employees that know how to provide the best educational experience
Support, motivate and reward our employees to go above and beyond for our students
Be responsive to our students’ and employees’ needs so they are prepared for a rapidly changing world.
Everyone in our Trust has a part to play in bringing the ethos and culture of our values alive. We are committed to ensuring everyone knows why we should value each other and how we should value each other, so we can create a community where we all aspire to succeed. Our values are not the static states of play but things we are always striving to develop and uphold as part of our culture.
To provide opportunities for everybody to be the best they can be.
We want every one of our students, teachers, or Governors to be the best that can be. We will work tirelessly to support them to reach their potential.
This is a key moment in the Trust’s history, as we embark on the next stage of our journey and launch our new name and brand - Beyond Schools Trust. Below, we have set out our strategic plan and roadmap to improvement over the next 5 years, to continue the great work we have started.
We have consulted a wide range of stakeholders in the formulation of this plan, to ensure that it reflects everybody’s ambitions for the Trust. Our Strategic Priorities are as follows:
To provide outstanding learning experiences to prepare children’s readiness for the world beyond our doors
To ensure the long-term sustainability of the Trust by growth and strong financial health
To develop a talented, resilient and high performing workforce, who will collaborate, innovate and evaluate together
To develop strong and connected leadership at all levels that overarches the Trust
We have a strong belief in the value of lifelong learning and in this plan, we set out to develop a Trust that fully prepares children so they have the skills, knowledge, values and character to be successful in the world beyond our doors. We also believe that our greatest asset as an organization, is our people, and we are privileged to be involved with such courageous, committed and child-centred employees. Everything we do is aimed at providing our staff with the resources and leadership to achieve their best. We believe that a supported and motivated staff create the best environment and opportunities for students to achieve their full potential.
of the Trust
The founding school of the Trust was The Fort Pitt Grammar School, an Ofsted rated Outstanding school. The Multi Academy Trust was incorporated in 2012, when it was asked to support The Phoenix Junior School and The Robert Napier School, who both became sponsored academies. In 2015, the Trust merged with The Thomas Aveling School, an OFSTED rated Good Single Academy Trust. The resultant merger brought the Trust a wealth of experience in the area of initial teacher training, as well as a strong financial pedigree. Finally, in 2017 the Balfour Junior School, an Ofsted rated ‘Good’ school joined the Trust.
The Thomas Aveling School continues to be a lead hub school within Kent and Medway Training, which means that all schools are supported very well; newly qualified teachers are supported exceptionally well and new teachers to the profession are trained within the cluster of schools and benefit from the very strong experiences they have throughout their training.
The Trust has continued to consolidate this group in the intervening years to ensure that the centralising of Trust services is in place offering Finance, HR, Payroll, Estates Development, and more recently, dedicated School Improvement services.
Finally, coming out of the major disruption of the Covid pandemic, is the new Trust name and brand. The new brand allows the Trust to celebrate the best of all schools within Trust now and in the future. While Academy schools retain their own distinctive character and brand, they have a common ethos and mission which is in sync to the Trust Philosophy.
Our Executive Board is made of the Executive operational leads across the organisation – Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and the Headteachers. Each Headteacher leads an aspect of strategic importance across the Trust, as well as being the strategic and substantial leader of their own school.
Chief Executive Officer
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Chief Finance Officer
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Fort Pitt Grammar School
The Thomas Aveling School
Phoenix Primary School
Balfour Junior School
The Robert Napier School