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Alpha Academies Trust

About Us

Our Message

We offer “a real education”. We want every one of our pupils to have high levels of literacy and numeracy at all ages and stages and be ready for employment, further and higher education when they leave our secondary schools.

We are building pathways for children from primary age through to post 16 and beyond to higher education, apprenticeships, employment and adulthood. We work with families and communities to raise aspirations.

  • An equal member of a family of academies

  • Staff development and progression

  • Common approaches to school improvement

  • Learning from other academies

  • Cross phase work, including opportunities for post 16 teaching

  • Local identity

  • Scope to enhance curriculum provision e.g. post 16

  • Access to strong IAG, employer links, university partners and guaranteed pathways, both academic and vocational

Economies of scale

“The Alpha Academies Trust will streamline many back-office functions such as finance and payroll. For example, we have procured the services of an MIS consultant at reduced cost to cover our Academies and we intend to extend this to catering cleaning and other services. We will tender for the group rather than for individual academies and this will achieve economies of scale. A top slice of 3% will be taken from the school budget share and not from the whole budget so that pupil premium, SEN and other income generated by individual academies will not be top sliced.” (from our approved DfE submission)

How it works

Overarching Trust Board deals with strategy and oversees performance and finance. Meets every 6 weeks.

Local Governing body manages the Academy and oversees its policy and practice. Meets at least once a term.

The Trust Board
  • Members appointed by the sponsor
  • Chairs of Local Governing Bodies


  • Finance and audit committees

  • Strategic direction

  • Overview of performance

  • Appeals

The Governing Body
  • The Local Governing Body Members:

    • The Principal of the School

    • Two staff members (one non-teaching and one teaching)

    • Two parent members approved by the Trust

    • Up to nine other members (approved by the Trust)


    • Developing local Academy Policy

    • Reviewing and recommending the Academy’s Budget to the Trust Board.

    • Approving the School Self Evaluation

    • Developing and reviewing the SSE and recommending it for approval to the Trust Board

    • Approving the School Improvement Plan

    • Developing and reviewing the SIP and recommending it for approval to the Trust Board

    • Monitoring target setting

    • Monitoring the academic performance of the Academy in detail across a range of key performance areas by receiving reports, conducting learning walks etcMaking recommendations to the Finance & Operations Committee (via the Chair of the LGB) on the pay and conditions of all staff employed within the Academy

    • Overseeing the recruitment of Principal and senior staff.

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