Why choose the Ad Meliora Academy Trust?

When choosing a Multi Academy Trust, you will want one with a proven track record in school improvement and one that demonstrates a clear commitment to making a difference to children’s lives.
We believe that here at Ad Meliora we have the skill set to work collaboratively with leaders at your school to ensure the best possible educational offer is made to your children.

We have a proven record of:

  • accelerated academic school improvement
  • bespoke provision in response to the educational and social context of the setting
  • successful collaboration with other schools and agencies
  • well thought out training, career opportunities and promotion opportunities for our staff
  • experienced and successful school leadership

Today’s challenging educational “passionate” commitment to children’s learning and welfare, a culture of managed risk taking and a relentless determination to make a difference to young people’s lives. This is what you will receive from the Ad Meliora Trust.

 

Information about our Trust

Our current plans to grow the trust are focused on finding schools at a range of stages of their journey towards the judgement of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ who have similar values and principles to us.  We believe that schools joining in this way would reap many benefits from the shared collaboration and would also enhance the capacity of the trust.
Whilst creating our MAT we are committed to improve systems and performance so that all the schools within the MAT are ‘Outstanding’, not only in terms of their Ofsted judgement, but in the eyes of our learners and the community they serve.  We are committed to adding real value to the education of our pupils and your community by pushing the MAT to become even more effective achieving the very best for all young people. We believe in true collaboration, working in partnership, investing in people and building capacity for long term, sustainable success.

It is expected that Good or Outstanding schools joining the trust would retain a local teaching and learning body but would pass on other statutory responsibilities. For schools that on their journey towards ‘good’, the Trust will work with the leadership of the school to support the school improvement actions.

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The governance structure is progressive and designed to deliver development opportunities for all senior staff and teachers.

For any school facing a potential change of leadership, the offer of guidance and training for a new leader could be a key benefit providing  the confidence needed to step up to the challenge of Headship. Our Executive Head board will mean head teachers retain day to day operational running of their school whilst having responsibility for a functional area across the trust. e.g. safeguarding, curriculum, staff development.
School leaders and teachers will share thinking and planning to spread expertise and tackle challenges together.

School leaders, teachers and other staff can/will be shared across more than one school, enabling schools to find different solutions to recruitment challenges, to retain staff by providing new opportunities within the group and to plan succession more effectively.
Shared professional development can more easily be arranged, whether led by staff from one of the trust schools or an outside body. Development of teaching expertise will be a key priority.

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A new school may wish to be part of the innovative progressive governance structure we are developing with a very clear focus on outcomes and the quality of education.
For a new school life continues as usual with the uniform and culture of the school remaining independent and unchanged.
A qualified accountant/business director has the overview of all financial matters and is expected to provide savings through procurement, income generation and efficiency. The economies of scale and collective purchasing made possible within larger groups can help schools cope better with shrinking budgets. At a local level, Heads of schools still contribute/make decisions about how they spend their own budget.

Schools are not charged with a one size fits all top slice but instead are charged proportionally to the school’s level of need and size. This charge would include a general contribution to allow the MAT to operate. The charge would be typically within the range of 3 to 5% of annual GAG and we would hope that most schools would see a net financial gain with this arrangement. Further charges may be levied against the GAG depending on the specific needs of each school. Pupil Premium and sports funding and other individual funding streams are not included as part of this top slice. Our financial models are based on central services providing a CEH, Director of Finance, HR, Estates Management and IT strategic network management.

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It is expected that Good or Outstanding schools joining the trust would retain a local teaching and learning body with similar powers for the quality of education provision but less statutory responsibility. 

Those of you, who have experience of community school governance, will have different experiences with regard to governance and may initially, believe that the role of a teaching and learning body with a Multi Academy trust has less influence or drive. However we believe that by sharing out some of the statutory responsibilities a teaching and learning body can become more effective in their focus to providing challenge and support in the delivery of educational excellence and to ensure the drive for outstanding outcomes for all pupils.

Click here for Key Benefits and information about how to join the Ad Meliora Academy Trust.