Each school that joins the Trust will already be using externally provided support services, such as HR, payroll, insurance, etc. As an academy, a school should still be able to access all of those services.
Over time, and as school staff begin to work together between the schools, good practice will be shared throughout the Trust. There may be an evolutionary route towards a more centralised approach to systems, but this will not be a condition of joining. Where a school requires more intensive support for its management systems this will be provided centrally.
The Trust’s best value commitment means that all options will be considered to ensure that as much money as possible ends up impacting upon the education of children.
When a school joins the Trust, there will be a financial review of the school as part of leadership development. Joining the Trust will ultimately provide a wide range of benefits, such as CPD, estate management, and economies of scale and, by joining a larger organisation, each school will reap these financial benefits.
It is proposed that schools in the Trust will not need to rely on supply agencies to provide teaching staff to cover planned or unplanned absences. This is already established at Avenue Primary Academy. Staff recruitment will likely be easier for schools as teachers move within the Trust, as the Trust supports teachers from their early stages through to leadership positions.