Well performing, motivated learners need well performing, motivated governors aware of context but accepting of challenge. Strategic decision-making is most effective when taken by those leaders and governors who know the students well.
The Trust has a role in supporting partners to be financially effective and in helping to ensure that the students make good progress; but the decisions as to how the money is spent; what the curriculum looks like; and how resources are deployed stays within the school.
The Board of Trustees is small with strong representation from commerce, social enterprise and education. All trustees have successful leadership and management experience. From a common value set, the Board creates the conditions by which our partners can focus exclusively on educating the students within their academy. In return, the Board expects the funding to have been used effectively to deliver at least good progress from the students within their individual academies.
Each individual governing body accepts that challenge and has the skill set and support to hold the school and its staff accountable for their actions.
Driven by a common set of values and a recognition that one model does not fit all, the Watergrove Trust offers schools the independence to drive their own schools forward, whilst supported by a Trust infrastructure that empowers governors and headteachers to focus exclusively on the development and progress of their students and reduce the requirement to divert attention away from the elements of a school that matter the most.