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St Stephen's Joins The Sycamore Trust

Friday 1st Dec 2023

St Stephen's CE Primary School officially joined Sycamore Church of England Trust on 1st December 2023.

The school becoming an academy is an exciting development and we aim to work with the Trust to help all children and adults achieve their best.

As part of the Sycamore Trust, St Stephen’s will benefit from enhanced collaboration, resources, and support, which will provide an even better educational experience for the children. 

The partnership will bring a wealth of opportunities for the school community, ensuring that all continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning. 

The school is very excited for this next chapter and what it will mean for our children and the families we serve.

"We have worked collaboratively to design an excellent curriculum which is distinctive to our school community and created learning environments where our children are deeply cared for, inspired, challenged, and develop a deep, life-long love of learning. The staff team have embraced this next chapter with positivity and hope. We look forward to building strong relationships, fostering a positive learning environment, and achieving great success together."

Sally Denney, Interim Headteacher

"We are an inclusive and distinctive trust where everything begins and ends with the children. We want to ensure that we have a profound impact on the lives of our children so that they have choices and options which will enable them to flourish as they go through life. 

Quite simply, we put children first in all that we do. We will continue to provide a high-quality education that empowers pupils to reach their full potential and prepares them for their future endeavours. We believe that a strong partnership between the school, parents, and the wider community is crucial for the success of our pupils." 

Ian Young, Trust CEO

What is the Sycamore Church of England Trust?

Christian values are at the heart of everything we do. Our core aim is to provide children of all faiths and none with excellent educational provision within a caring and supportive ethos. We have at the centre of our mission and purpose the belief that every child has a right to educational excellence through the provision of high quality schooling.

The Sycamore Church of England Trust is built from a solid foundation defined by excellent teaching experiences and the shared values of learning, leadership, enjoyment, inclusion, inspiration, accountability and integrity.

These values are at the very core of the Trust, firmly embedded in all of our academies and embraced by our leaders, teachers, staff, parents and children alike.

The Trust is being created to provide clusters of self-determining, self-improving primary schools supported by a network of quality assured services that keep them legal, financially robust and continually improving. Whilst we will be robust in our expectations of improvement in our schools, we allow our schools and their local governing bodies to choose their own pathway to success.

The ethos behind the Trust is one of sustainable school improvement; schools joining Sycamore Church of England Trust do so with the prime aim of improving each other so that they can all become great.

By growing and developing our team of talented leaders and teachers, we will seek to raise aspirations for all; pupils will access the very best educational provision, experiences and challenges available, ensuring that all members of our trust community actively engage in learning and fulfil their potential.

  • We expect all our schools to actively support each other and to share emergent and best practice for everyone’s benefit.
  • We want each of our schools to assert and celebrate its distinctive identity within this community of academies.
  • We are a registered charity, reinvesting any surpluses in our network of academies to create further benefits for all of our children

Every school and every individual is included in this vision. We actively encourage collaboration – and work as a team to create and deliver the best possible educational experiences for every pupil within the Sycamore Church of England Trust.

Read more about the Sycamore Church of England Trust on their website.

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