North Star Community Trust: Stronger Together
After more than a decade of running local schools as an educational charity at the very heart of the community in Edmonton, there is much that we can celebrate and be very proud of.
In 2020 we decided it was the right time for the Trust to look ahead and to outline a new road map to ensure the future success of our schools over the next three years.
The challenges ahead are significant for everyone involved in education. But the power of education to transform lives is unquestionable and this is what motivates our Trustees. Everything we do is for children.
What will we do over the next three years?
We plan to build on the strong culture we have developed and our track record of success, shaping a new strategy to deliver on our overarching mission to improve life chances.
We also want our children to have lifelong memories of the happy times they had with us, developing a love of learning, and remembering their teachers with fondness and as the role models who inspired them to reach for their dreams. Addressing children’s whole needs while they are with us at such a key stage of their development – intellectual, emotional and physical - is critical. All children have gifts and we want them to achieve their full potential. Our role is to be bridge builders to opportunity. Excellence through equity is our goal.
We must continue to have the support of our parents in everything that we do. This partnership is fundamental to our success. Studies frequently show that 50% of a child’s achievement is influenced by their parents. We will also enhance our efforts to work with parents to encourage vital learning outside of the classroom and to ensure the current high standards of behaviour of children that are so important to a good education are maintained and strengthened.
This document sets out in detail some of our high-level objectives and priorities.
These include developing a new, broad, empowering and creative curriculum in each school, achieving year on year improvements in outcomes, and being recognised as a leading Trust in preparing its young people to be citizens of the future. We set out how being part of a MultiAcademy Trust (MAT) adds value and means that as a direct result of our working together we are stronger as a group of academies than as individual schools. We get better at what we do through our collaboration.
As a result of being stronger together, we are creating Trust-wide pledges to every child, parent and member of staff. The document highlights our pledges to parents about the types of activities and experiences their children will have an opportunity to take part in while they are at one of our schools. There are also pledges to our staff and our community partners.
Dr Donald Graham
Strategy for 2020-23
[Please note the document is being updated to reflect the change of the Trust's name to North Star Community Trust]
Read it here (pdf)