Sharing strengths and valuing differences

CGS Trust respects the individual identity of each school, and values their unique attributes.

We work together to develop and build upon our collective strengths, establishing best practice, and we continually strive to be positioned at the forefront of improvement in education standards and the resulting outcomes for young people.

We actively encourage all students to develop a deep and sustained passion for learning, alongside the academic and character skills necessary to achieve their ambitions and to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life as global citizens.

The creation of a challenging, engaging and values-led curriculum focusses on:

  • Developing clearly defined and challenging goals for English, maths, science, humanities, languages and computing, as well as core skills
  • Promoting cultural appreciation and a global perspective which will prepare pupils to take their place as active citizens
  • Supporting and engaging parents, particularly in the early years and in the most disadvantaged families, so that learning within the school and the wider context is enjoyed by everyone
  • Promoting wider community involvement, including links with businesses and community groups
  • A commitment to distributive leadership across the Trust, empowering staff through supportive and targeted professional development
  • Creating effective systems that position learning at the heart of everything we do as a Trust

What does this mean for the Trust Community?

A coherent, rich and responsive curriculum that:

Establishes high aspirations and expectations
Nurtures and celebrates a range of talents and skills
Unleashes curiosity and creativity
Exposes children to new experiences, situations and challenges
Develops independent minds
Builds capacity to be reflective, resilient, resourceful, enterprising and self-assured
Provides stretch and challenge
Supports the development of healthy minds and bodies
Encourages respect and responsibility for family, community and the environment

Commitment to working in partnership between the Trust and parents
Active involvement in their child’s education

Actively developing our professional learning community
Commitment to a planned programme of Continuing Professional Development for each staff member
Nurturing ambition
Growing our own leaders, teachers and support staff

Commitment to excellent training
Thoughtful use of the skills and talents of current governors and considered succession planning
Participation in a range of school activities
A sense of the benefits achieved through contributing to the ongoing development of the schools within CGS Trust

Supporting the dissemination of best practice across the family of schools, including innovation, systems, research, pedagogy, policy and practice
Enabling expertise, leaders, materials and support services to be shared across schools
Enabling more efficient and effective use of resources
Strengthening and coordinating community, business and university links for students and staff