Relationship with Academies

Our relationship with Academies as autonomous institutions

To rejoice in another's prosperity, is to give content to your own lot: to mitigate another's grief, is to alleviate or dispel your own.

- Thomas Edwards

Our aim is to create a network of Academies making the most of the opportunities that working autonomously can bring.

We believe, however, that our Academies will benefit from working in a supportive network where professional support and challenge is at the heart of the way we work. All Academies in our Trust will be expected to work within our ethos and values and use agreed and rigorous self-review techniques to assure the governors and the Trust that the school is operating well. Through careful and professional interactions, we will hold the responsibility, as the Trust, to intervene if individual Academies are not performing well or are experiencing difficulties.

We will agree articles of governance on an individual basis but we will operate with Academies in three broad categories.

  • First, Academies that are performing well and have the capacity to provide outreach support for other academies will have a governing body with full powers to appoint all staff and carry out all the functions of a Governing Body in accordance with the agreed Articles of Governance. It is our hope that these Academies will see the benefits of joint-purchasing and work very closely with the Trust in making a strong contribution to the leadership of the network of Academies as a whole.
  • The second broad group will be schools similar to the first group but who feel that they may not have the same capacity for outreach work and want a much more supported relationship where the Trust carries out some of the functions of the governing body, especially in relation to the purchase of services and the provision of finance, HR, premises and ICT services in particular.
  • The third group will be those schools that join the Trust when they may be having difficulties or be in a category of concern following inspection. For these schools, the Trust will take a more directive role until such time as the school is able to take on a more autonomous role and greater responsibilities.

While these relationships are described in broad groupings, the core principle we operate to is developing a network of autonomous schools that hold true to our common values and show respect and support for each other. We will hold each other to account using the Quality Standards set out at the end of this prospectus. It is against these that we define outstanding schools.

Diocese of Norwich Education and Academies Trust. Company no: 8737435.