Overview of the Trust
The Learning Community Trust is now a well-established MAT in Telford and Shropshire and has grown significantly since our first schools joined us in March 2018.
As a local Multi Academy Trust operating from our school-based office in North Telford, the Learning Community Trust (LCT) was incorporated in June 2017 following approvals by the DfE, we are delighted to be an Academy sponsor.
Our Trust exists because we have a commitment and passion for providing great schools for our community. We consider that a locally led and accountable Trust provides the best outcomes for learners and our communities, this includes supporting schools facing challenges and ensuring the best schools become even better.
Across all our schools and community, we provide strategic direction; support; specialist expertise; shared development and services focused on local needs. This is increasingly important at a time when the traditional Local Authority role is diminishing, resources and funding are severely constrained and support services are hard to access.
We are convinced of the importance of and value for local schools to work closely together and have designed our Trust to do just that.
We have a sound model in place and our schools are already benefiting from opportunities to have all phases of education -Secondary, Primary and Special – working and learning together with the expertise that brings into the Trust.
Our Trust also sponsors schools and has already demonstrated how effective leadership from the Trust has helped improve schools through direct challenge and support and by working closely with fellow schools.
We are proud of our Trust and its rapid growth and development since 2017 to be a significant provider of education locally.
We currently have eight academies in the Trust, the most recent joining us in January and February of 2021, and we are delighted to have welcomed them to LCT. Our approach is to work with schools for a significant period, usually about three-six months, before they join us so that the transition is smooth and well managed for the school and the Trust.
LCT has real strength and depth in that we have schools from across the education sector with three primaries, three secondaries (including an all-through) and two Special Schools. This means we are responsible for nearly 5,000 children and young people, and over 1000 staff, we take that responsibility very seriously. Each school is individual, has its own distinctive ethos but also highly values being part of the Learning Community Trust.
Our absolute focus is to provide the highest quality of education and pastoral care in our schools. We want our children and young people to thrive, really enjoy school, are safe, understand the importance of respect for others and are well prepared to live fulfilling lives as young adults as they complete their education journey.