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Chief Executive Welcome

Welcome from the Chief Executive Officer

I have been the Chief Executive Officer of the Loxford School Trust since June 2013 and
the continuing Headteacher of Loxford School since January 2008.

Our partnership consists of 7 Academies. Loxford School is an All Through School, The Warren is a Secondary School, Aldborough is a Primary School, Tabor Academy is a Secondary School, Abbs Cross Academy and Arts College is Seconday School, Gaynes School is a Secondary School and Cecil Jones Academy, which is also a Secondary School.

In the Trust we believe that students come first and that every child can find a route to happiness, prosperity and success. The Trust was created to enable staff to work more closely together to deliver the best education possible for the students who attend our academies.

The schools within the Trust are successful and well managed. The Trust works well with schools who move into special measures ensuring that within a 2 year period that they move to at least good. The challenge now remains to move these schools to “outstanding”.

We also have a highly competent and professional central team that allows our Board of Trustees to focus on key strategic issues. A number of very successful appointments have provided the Trust with increased capacity as we move forwards.

National changes and operational context need to be carefully considered. As ever in education, the pace of change is rapid and seemingly accelerating. The Trust must consider and evaluate the context of;

  • Curriculum changes across the key stages
  • Qualifications and the changes in GCSE
  • Funding formulas
  • Teacher Training
  • Accountability for all leaders within the trust.
  • Inspection Frameworks for Multi Academy Trusts

The recruitment and retention of teaching staff is an increasingly competitive challenge within the areas that we serve. We therefore need to differentiate the Trust as an employer that provides superior benefits and opportunities whilst challenging the local geographic stigma.

The Loxford School Trust (LST) is a high quality Initial Teacher Training provision, and is ‘outstanding’. The Teaching School provides support and progression to all staff and leaders.

The central team provides a range of services and support which are well matched to the needs of schools within a rapidly expanding trust. They are well placed to provide high quality support to schools in difficult circumstances and further progression and challenge for those that are outstanding.

The capacity for further growth within the Trust has been evaluated from a strategic, financial, and human resource perspective whilst also taking into account the local area context and the needs of our community. This analysis has been robust and the Trust is well aware of the capacity that is required to effectively and successfully achieve our growth objectives. We are confident that we are able to achieve further continuous growth further growth as long as we put in place a sound planning and development framework.

Thank you for taking the time to read this message.

Mrs Anita Johnson, 

Chief Executive Officer