The Trust was established following a direct approach by the DfE and currently consists of two secondaries – Goffs and Goffs-Churchgate Academy – and one primary – Flamstead End School. In addition, the Trust operates an independently run nursery from its Goffs-Churchgate site The name “Generations” was deliberately chosen for our Trust, and reflects our desire to be a Trust that educates and nurtures children from their earliest days at school. Partnership is at the heart of our all of our work, founded in a core commitment to there being no set destiny for any child, regardless of their starting point.
Each school in our Trust is encouraged and supported in having their own identity: there is no one top down model. Each of our schools has its own unique characteristics, communities and needs, and the Trust encourages each school to retain and nurture that individuality.
As such, each Principal has a high degree of autonomy to lead their school, supported by the Chief Executive Officer, plus a centralised business function incorporating HR, Finance, Data/Business Analysis, ICT, Facilities and Income Generation. These centralised functions are there to facilitate the work of school leaders, allowing them to focus on leading their schools.
Our Trust encourages innovation. It is also firmly focused on maximising the monies available to our schools and staff. As such we have a highly skilled central Finance team, plus a dedicated Lettings and income generation team, who are directly focused on ensuring that our facilities yield income that is then directly reinvested in our schools. At the current time, the Trust delivers over half a million pounds additional funding per annum, underpinning reduced contact ratios for teachers, plus generous staffing levels across our schools.
All of our schools offer very distinct learning experiences, offering fit for purpose learning and working environments. All function on the same principles of:
- Ensuring no set destiny for any child
- Strong leadership, relentlessly focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for each child
- Nurturing environments focused on developing the whole child, supported by extensive pastoral support systems
- Academic rigour
- Extremely high and non-negotiable expectations of behaviour
Partnership is central to our ethos and as such, our work is driven through strong collaboration across all of our schools, so that the skills and talents that exist within the Trust can be of benefit to all. Whilst each academy in the Trust has its own unique identity and characteristics, they all have expertise and knowledge to share with each other: mutual challenge and support is central to our improvement philosophy.
Our firm belief is that successful learning takes place when students feel safe, confident, respected and valued, and are engaged. As such, our schools operate extremely high expectations of behaviour, placing great emphasis on pastoral care and very close links with parents.
Our schools also pride themselves on their sense of community – both within the school itself, and in the wider locality. Our students actively support local charity work, and maintain strong links with all of our local primary schools.
Our schools are happy and caring communities, staffed by teams of highly committed teachers and support staff, working in partnership with Trustees and parents to provide the best possible education.
Our Future Plans
We are very clear that our Trust will not grow and expand too quickly, and lose sight of the core business of providing outstanding education for all the students our schools. We want to grow to be large enough to reap the benefits of centralised services, but small enough to maintain our core values and high outcomes. As such, our growth is carefully planned and managed.
Our primary phase is extremely important to us – we firmly believe that secondary colleagues have many valuable learning opportunities offered by primary schools, and vice versa. We would very much welcome hearing from schools who share our vision and would be interested in partnering with us.
Alison J Garner
MAT Chief Executive Officer