Why Societas?

Our partnership working has evolved over the last ten years.  We have not come together just to form a Multi Academy Trust (MAT); we have each been working informally with each other in various groupings and cross-groupings and now we are keen to formalise our informal arrangements.  The formation of Societas is a natural progression, supported by the appropriate political climate, to create a trust of academies. This model will help us to maintain our self-sustaining, school improvement work.  We firmly believe that this “association of like-minded people bound by a common purpose”, this “platoon of idealistic people” is at the heart of successful school systems of the future and is the very foundation stone of the Societas Trust.

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—Our proven track record of working together has resulted in a number of successes:

  • —Five of the schools / academies rated good or better by Ofsted;
  • —Rapid and sustained improvement of all schools / academies;
  • —One academy accelerated out of Special Measures to be recently rated as a Good school by Ofsted;
  • —Strengthened leadership across all levels;
  • —External moderation of standards resulting in accurate use of assessment data;
  • —Curriculum development resulting in each school / academy having a whole school curriculum that is well matched to the needs of the community it serves;
  • —Successful induction of newly qualified teachers;
  • —Support for staff new or in the early stages of their role;
  • —Quality assurance of teaching and learning;
  • —Mutual respect and a willingness for each of us to learn from one another;
  • —A willingness to make decisions that will benefit all rather than any individual school exclusively;
  • Shared vision, ethos and values.