Trust Business Plan
Trinitas Academy Trust was formed in 2013, with three Bexley Anglican schools, Trinity School, Christ Church (Erith) and St Augustine of Canterbury formalising a partnership which had previously been in place for about a year under what we now call a Platinum Partnership arrangement. The driver for forming the Trust was the desire to bring about improvements in all three schools, recognising that all could and should improve, with the necessary expertise sourced from within the three schools.
Through close partnership working, alignment of key strategies and pedagogy, the three schools developed ways of working that secured continued and sustained improvements. The fact that the three schools are very different; Trinity is a secondary school, St Augustine is a one form entry primary school and Christ Church is a three form entry primary school, proved that these key strategies and approaches could be applied to schools in different phases, of different size, and still be successful.
Within three years of the Trust forming, all three schools had improved an Ofsted grade with Trinity and St Augustine becoming ‘Good’, and Christ Church becoming ‘Outstanding’.
Whilst developing our school improvement strategies, we also set up our Trinitas Central Services. By supporting schools centrally with back office functions, the schools were able to focus on their core business; teaching and learning.
In 2017, three more schools joined the family. St Paul’s (Slade Green), Northwood and Jubilee Primary schools all joined - each one at different stages of their improvement journey. All three schools joined as non-faith schools, with St Paul’s converting to faith school status a year later.
Having a mix of faith and non-faith schools, as well as meeting the needs of children as young as 3, to young adults in their late teens, our Trust enjoys a richness of experience and opportunities which benefit our pupils and staff alike. Staff have the opportunity to experience cross-phase working, which improves their practice and also supports smooth transition from primary to secondary. To make our family even stronger, our primary pupils benefit from priority places at Trinity. They get to know each other before starting Trinity through cross school events. Even after students leave Trinity, we like them to give them the chance to stay in the Trinitas family, and with this in mind we are starting to provide apprenticeship opportunities for aspiring teachers and teaching assistants from Trinity sixth form, with our first apprentice starting this year.
After six years of being a Trust, we are fully established and are now looking to grow our family further, either as members of our Trust, partners or as affiliated members.
The Trinitas Business Plan can be downloaded below.