Welcome to our website. We are a highly successful cross phase Multi Academy Trust established in 2013. We are proud to educate over 7000 learners in ten Bradford schools across Early Years, Primary, Secondary and Special settings. This includes our Trust 6th Form that opens in September 2019 across four of our sites. We aim to create great schools with remarkable learning environments for each of our students to enjoy learning within and succeed. We do not accept mediocrity. We want to smash some of the glass ceilings that have been built up nationally about levels of potential within our communities. We aim for outcomes that place our schools within the top 20% of similar schools nationally. Follow the link to read more.
We formed the Trust because we wanted to transform life chances for more Bradford children. We wanted to create a group of great schools that serve their local community. All our schools are comprehensive in character and co-educational. The local authority controls our admission arrangements to ensure that our schools serve local communities. We wanted to do something meaningful to reduce the social divide that exists nationally and locally, to ensure that every child regardless of their social background or physical ability can fulfil their talent. We wanted to see a curriculum in place in every school that requires our pupils to have to think and be articulate, for them to take ownership of their career pathway and expect to be successful in life, for them to grow up embracing the key British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
All our schools share similarities yet retain uniqueness. We all share a common approach to school improvement. The effective leadership in schools of the curriculum, teaching quality, behaviour management, pupil attendance, safeguarding, monitoring of academic progress and parental engagement is systemised and monitored centrally. We run finance and governance centrally and provide commercial and business support.
Each of our schools has a distinct character. We all share the same value statement of ‘Enjoy – Learn – Succeed’ and from there each school has developed its own aspirational and distinct three-year strategic vision shaped by all within their community.
Five years in, we can say with confidence that we have made significant progress towards our goal. Three of our schools have now been inspected since joining the Trust and in every case they have improved their grade. Two of the three progressed to ‘Outstanding’ and the third school moved from ‘Special Measures’ to ‘Good’ in less than three years. Across the Trust, significantly more of our pupils are achieving national standards in reading, writing, maths at KS2 and GCSE. The pupil attendance trend is significantly upward and we are financially stable.
Investment in people is the key to our future success. We want people to feel that working in a Beckfoot Trust school is a great place to be and that they are led with emotional intelligence by principled, strategic, highly visible and caring leaders. Our People and Talent strategy, supported by our Teaching School, ensures that we focus on maintaining excellent conditions of service for all staff, aligned to national pay and conditions. We invest in leadership development programmes for all. We ensure our schools have dedicated planning time and formalised CPD shaped by high quality appraisal. We are in the process of developing a formalised workload agreement and we survey our staff on this annually. We are creating a more diverse workforce that better reflects the communities we serve.
Probably the most important development has been in the culture of the organisation. The key benefit of a MAT is so that we can collaborate and learn from one another. We trust one another and believe in the collective rather than the individual. We have created a thriving community of schools and system leaders working in formal partnership to create great schools. Colleagues work together across schools, our pupils work alongside one another in arts and sporting events, debating competitions, Oxbridge programmes and much more. We are generous in sharing best practice and humble enough to know that someone else may have a better idea. We seek joined up solutions.
To conclude, we know that this model of working is having an impact for Bradford children. It is lovely to be working in partnership with so many outstanding educationalists who share the same moral purpose. The bottom line is we are building a culture of hope and possibility in our communities.
Read more about us across our website and please contact us at BeckfootTrust@beckfoot.org if you would like to visit us and talk about our work in the Trust.