Students from six of our secondary schools have joined forces with Grace Foundation to release a new charity single cover of ‘Together’, to raise awareness of NHS Charities Together and to boost their mental health. The students’ collective rendition of ‘Together’ pays tribute to all those who have suffered bereavement, loss, and rising levels of anxiety during lockdown.
The Charity Single video can be viewed here:
For more information about the song project and to donate to NHS Charities Together visit www.grace-foundation.org.uk/together
What is very special about being part of Tove Learning Trust is they recognise that every school environment and context is different and they trust you to make the best decisions for your own school setting.
Although we are collectively part of Tove Learning Trust, we have retained our individual branding and Team Rushden values. We have been able to take the best bits from schools within the trust and retain all the best parts of what we do so well.
Working with highly professional educationalists is a huge advantage, we share the same goal which is ensuring all pupils achieve their best outcomes. The calibre of staff within the trust is excellent, they are highly skilled and knowledgeable and without directly telling you what to do they challenge our thinking effectively across whole school initiatives and improvements.
The support received from other schools is second to none, we have shared many teaching resources and ideas; we have also supported each other in times of need e.g. IT advice and guidance and with whole school protocols and policy. Quality assuring practice has secured improvements across the school, the SIDs work directly in partnership with the various Heads of Department driving up standards across departments and sharing great practice. We are aware of where the subject strengths lie across the trust and reach out when required.
There are a range of schools to visit including primary and secondary. Having so many secondary schools in the trust is a benefit because there is a wealth of support on offer. As a member of Tove Learning Trust there are regular opportunities for us as a school to share and showcase our expertise with other schools. Staff are able to contribute to the regular TLT newsletter that is circulated to all schools. In addition to this, Teaching and Learning leads across all schools meet regularly to share good practice and to offer school to school support using expertise in each school.
As a result of this collaboration and partnership, our Progress 8, attainment 8 and percentage of students achieving grade 4 and 5 or more in English and Maths have all increased. Our data also shows that the gaps between boys and girls outcomes is reducing. We are also pleased to report improving outcomes for SEND, disadvantaged and EAL students. Being part of such an effective trust has a real benefit for all of our young people.
Rushden Academy, Hayway, Rushden, Northamptonshire, NN10 6AG
Grace Academy Darlaston became a member of Tove Learning Trust in 2019 following a number of years working with the CEO, Dr Jamie Clarke supporting the Grace Academies.
This has been a really supportive relationship. We embrace the Trust vision ‘to ensure that all students in our academies are provided with inspiring educational experiences that lead to outstanding outcomes’, which is central to our Grace values.
The menu of available support has been really helpful to enable our Academy to move closer to our aim to be Outstanding in all areas.
We have really benefited from the opportunities to collaborate with the other Tove Learning Trust Academies, sharing ideas and expertise with colleagues in a wide range of contexts but all centered on the same values. With the wider use of remote communication, we now have enhanced opportunities to liaise with a wider range of like minded professionals.
Grace Academy Darlaston has really appreciated the flexibility provided by the Trust to ensure personalised support for the academy’s initiatives which support continuous improvement and benefit our young people.
Grace Academy Darlaston, Herberts Park Rd,Wednesbury, West Midlands, WS10 8QJ
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” - Nelson Mandela
The focus of the trust has always been to develop young people who will have a positive contribution to the world they live in. This is more than academic achievement, it’s about developing individuals who have the ability to adapt and be successful in a rapidly changing world. Tove Learning Trust not only supports but encourages its academies to ensure leaders, teachers and support staff are equipped and have the freedom to make this vision a reality for all students.
Working in a supporting environment where every person has the same shared belief; that young people deserve the best educational experience is motivating as a leader. A culture that allows for risk and independence, one that allows each academy to have its own identity yet share a core ethos of support and continuous improvement.
Grace Academy Solihull has benefitted from the support, challenge and encouragement of the trust to become one of the most improved academies in the region with excellent results and improved life chances for its young people. The role played by the trust has been excellent; we have received dedicated areas of support and development that have been tailored specifically to our academy’s needs.