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Welcome from the Chief Executive:

Willows Academy Trust is an innovative primary MAT established in 2014. The Trust currently has four member schools. We think our values and ethos set us apart from other Trusts in that there is a strong focus on enabling our member schools to drive their own improvement whilst maintaining their own autonomy.

We have nurtured a strong supportive environment that utilises the collective skills of our headteachers and practitioners. The Trust attracts and appoints high calibre staff and we have developed partnerships with businesses, teaching alliances, and universities. To enable us to nurture talent and ensure we grow our own inspirational leaders.

The aim of the Trust is one of sustainable academy improvement ensuring they all become the best they can be. Children are the centre of our focus and academies in the Trust must ensure they reach their potential a ‘no excuse culture’ is paramount to achieving this. Academies will provide pupils with opportunities that expands their understanding of the world and raises their aspirations for the future.

‘Together we can achieve Excellence’

This ethos is guided by our key values:

To aspire to the highest quality education in an inspirational learning environment.
To raise pupils’ aspirations and enable all individuals in our trust community to achieve their potential and ‘dream big’.
To inspire children to develop a love of learning and grasp new experiences. Look back with pride and forward with confidence.

To continually strive to raise the achievement and attainment of all children in our trust and local community.
To provide innovative opportunities for staff development and progression to develop their potential and nurture leaders of the future.
To support all children to develop character, resilience, life skills, social skills, problem-solving and conflict resolution.

To develop a culture which actively promotes all aspects of pupils’ welfare.
To develop an excellent understanding of how to keep themselves safe in a range of situations and circumstances.
To enable pupils to mature into confident, motivated learners who actively contribute to the wider community and develop an understanding of the wider world through direct personal experiences.
The values are key to everything the Trust represents and they are threaded through all facets of school improvement and owned and understood by all members of the academy community.


Jeannie Haigh

CEO Willows Academy Trust