University of Winchester Academy Trust

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The institution that was to become the University of Winchester was set up to train teachers in 1840 and ever since has been a leading provider of teacher education. It now works with some 400 schools and is ranked Outstanding by Ofsted for initial teacher training . But the reasons for setting up the University of Winchester Academy Trust go much deeper than that. The Trust's ambition is to create and develop academies which are exemplars of the same values-driven education that is the cornerstone of the University itself. The Trust's schools have sustainability at their heart, are cornerstones of their local communities and beacons of excellence in education, passionately committed to social justice.

Our aim is to create a dynamic research-informed learning environment where children have access to an inspirational curriculum as well as excellent and innovative facilities and staff. We strive to ensure that we both nurture a love of learning and enable all children to realise their potential with a strong sense of self and the confidence to engage with the wider world. That is why we have adopted these values:

Compassion: Our school communities care for and respect people, all life and the planet. We are outward looking and have a strong sense of social justice.

Individuals Matter: In our schools, the physical and emotional wellbeing of individuals is important, as are their opinions and views.

Spirituality: We welcome people of all faiths and none. Our school helps us to grow and flourish mentally, physical and spiritually, as a whole person, learning to be creative and resilient and able to face life’s challenges.

We promise to treasure our academies, their staff and their children, to nurture them and provide the support they need to thrive.

The Trusts five academies provide a strong base for growing the Trust further, perhaps to around 10 schools and colleges, covering secondary as well as primary education.  We are keen to hear from any school or college which shares our ethos and our values who would like to find out more. Confidentiality is assured. The Trust is new and in the very early stages of its development. It very much needs and welcomes the input that new joiners can provide so it can learn from their strengths and experience.