What is the Flying High Trust?
The Flying High Trust is a primary schools’ multi-academy trust which was founded in June 2012 on the success of the Cotgrave Candleby Lane Primary School (the original trust member).
The ethos behind the Trust is one of sustainable school improvement; and schools joining the Trust do so with the prime aim of improving each other so that they can all become outstanding schools.
All schools within the Trust have access to the professional expertise and development opportunities offered by the Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance which comprises over 40 primary schools. This ever growing alliance also ensures that Trust partners have access to bespoke leadership development opportunities, as the alliance has been awarded the National College licence for leadership programme delivery across the East Midlands.
We will support school improvement and develop school leadership.
The Flying High Trust is supported by Candleby Lane Teaching School. The Teaching School consists of a growing group of over 40 high performing schools along with Nottingham Trent University.
The aim of The Teaching School is to support schools within and beyond the alliance to improve.
Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Research and Development (R&D)
Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)
Local Leaders of Education (LLE)
The Teaching School will be available to offer further support to all schools attached to The Flying High Trust through a wide range of expertise, nurture and challenge, as well as identifying and developing talent within those schools. Flying High Trust children will have the very best educational provision, experience and challenge available, ensuring all will maximise their potential.
The Trust offers the following support to schools:
Schools joining the Trust will be supported through the conversion process by the Trust’s Director of Business and Finance, and the Trust’s Project Manager.
School improvement and review
Schools in the Trust can access the following support for school improvement:
- Self-evaluation health check including: analysis and evaluation of whole-school approaches to self-evaluation; support for action planning; and identification of impact measures
- Termly data and progress review supported by the Director of School Improvement and Quality Assurance
- Impact Team development – leaders and aspirant leaders working across the Trust to analyse and identify priorities for school improvement
- Support and training for governors
- Headteacher Performance Management including review and setting of targets, and monitoring achievement
- Leadership development for staff through the Trust and the Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance.
- Professional development opportunities for all staff through the Trust and the Teaching School Alliance.
Finance and Business Managers receive support from the Director of Business and Finance, and work together as a group to develop and share practice. Schools in the Trust use a common finance management system. The Trust is responsible for ensuring that schools meet the requirements for the annual accounts.
Economies of scale
As the Trust grows schools will increasingly enjoy the benefits of collective contracts eg for payroll, legal support, HR and insurance.
Joint policy development
While the Trust does not seek to impose central policies on schools, there have to be some policies which are common across the Trust eg pay policy. These have been developed jointly through discussion within the Strategic Heads Group and with staff. Such common policy development also saves individual schools from having to ‘re-invent the wheel’ when statutory policies need reviewing or updating.
Opportunity to be part of growing and developing the Trust
Through the Strategic Heads Group and representatives on the Board of Directors, schools within the Trust have the opportunity to shape and grow the Trust.