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The aim of the Trust is to provide children of all faiths and none with excellent educational provision within a caring and supportive Christian ethos. The Trust has, at the centre of its mission and purpose, the belief that every child has a right to educational excellence through the provision of high quality schooling. The principle aim of the Trust is to enable each school within the Diocese to provide the best possible education for every child, helping them to reach their full potential.
The aim of the Trust is therefore to support the spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development of each child, as well as maximising the progress, achievement and attainment of every child to ensure their intellectual growth. The Trust will therefore strive to resource schools to provide excellence in all aspects of individual development.
In order to build strong learning communities, the Trust ensures that its schools are confident and outward-facing in all that they do, building strong, effective links with parents, parishes, local schools, community groups and the wider educational community.
The Trust has established expertise in school improvement and this will be used to support schools on their journey towards outstanding. The Trust has adopted a collegiate approach to school improvement, working in partnership with schools and educational partners to design a flexible model of school improvement which fully utilises the expertise which exists within local schools. Ultimately, the aim is to build sufficient capacity within the Trust schools to be self-supporting in order to be fully responsible and accountable for transforming pupil outcomes.
Every DGAT academy will, therefore, ensure that:
- Christian beliefs, values, principles and practices underpin the development of each academy;
- Pedagogical practice promotes opportunities for communal enquiry and dialogue, reasoning and reflection;
- Creative approaches to curriculum delivery promote opportunities for personalised learning;
- Worship, prayer and parish and Diocesan partnerships are maximised;
- A rich and varied range of extra curricular activities support a desire for learning, service and enjoyment of life beyond the classroom;
- Opportunities to celebrate success are shared within, and across, the academy family.
Our relationship with schools is predicated on shared values and principles. As educational attainment is underpinned by successful relationships, school development will be grounded in the integrity of our values. These will inform our shared approach to educational excellence with the needs of the child at the heart of decision-making by:
We will adopt a collegiate approach to developing communities of excellence, working in partnership with schools and our educational partners to design flexible models of working which fully utilise the expertise which exists within local schools.
The Diocese of Gloucester Academies Trust puts high value on its transparency and its not-for-profit status.