Who are ONE Academy Trust (formerly Willows Academy Trust) ?
We have recently renamed as ONE Academy Trust. Please bear with us as we re-brand our documents and policies and references to Willows Academy Trust.
Willows Academy TRust has recently welcomed four schools into the trust (formerly Believe Academy Trust) and we have re-named as ONE Academy Trust effective from 1 September 2023. ONE Academy Trust is a primary Multi-Academy Trust comprising eight schools in the East Midlands.
We are currently in our transition process which includes re-branding our documents and policies and creating our new website.
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ONE Academy Trust now includes eight primary schools in the East Midlands:
Former Willows Academy Trust Schools:
Dovedale Primary School
Sawley Infant School
Sawley Junior School
Shardlow Primary School
Former Believe Academy Trust Schools:
Arnbrook Primary School
Abbey Primary School
Derwent Primary School
Southwark Primary School
The Trust head office is located between Nottingham and Derby.
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 Trust and associated partners such as: Nottingham Bluecoat SCITT, and Derbyshire Partnership for Learning, Nottingham and Derby University.
ONE Academy Trust offers the following support to schools:
Schools joining the Trust will be supported through the conversion process by the Trust’s Chief Financial Officer.
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 Chief Executive Officer and Executive Team.
- 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 partner organisations.
- Professional development opportunities for all staff through the Trust and our partners.
Finance and Business Managers receive support from the Chief Financial Officer, 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 e.g. for payroll, legal support, Educational Psychology, EWO, speech and language, 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 e.g. pay policy. These have been developed jointly through discussion within the Executive Team, Trustees 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 Executive Team, Strategic Heads Group and representatives on the Board of Directors, schools within the Trust have the opportunity to shape and grow the Trust.