The Trust was established following a direct approach by the DfE and currently consists of two schools: Goffs and Goffs-Churchgate Academy. The name “Generations” was deliberately chosen for our Trust, and reflects our desire to grow into a Trust that educates and nurtures children from their first days at school to young adulthood at 18 years of age.
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 post of Director of Income Generation.
This position is directly focused on ensuring that our facilities yield substantial sums of money via lettings and partnerships.
This money is directly reinvested in our schools. At the current time, the Trust has created almost half a million pounds additional funding, which is underpinning reduced contact ratios for teachers, plus generous staffing levels at both schools.
Both schools offer very distinct secondary learning experiences, with the deliberately much smaller size of Goffs-Churchgate designed to provide for those children who learn and achieve best in a smaller environment.
However, both of the academies function on the same principles of:
- Strong leadership, relentlessly focused on achieving the best possible outcomes for each child
- Extensive pastoral support systems including Directors of Learning, Learning Mentors, counsellors, Place2Be and extended provision through ChEXS where we are the lead agency
- Academic rigour
- Extremely high and non-negotiable expectations of behaviour
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
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 such as the Isabel Hospice, and maintain strong links with our local primary schools.
Student Leadership groups actively encourage leadership development through a series of student led groups, with groups including charitable events/activities, a student newsletter, and Digital Leaders driving forward the school’s commitment to using technology to enhance learning.
Both schools operate out of recently constructed buildings, offering fit for purpose learning and working environments.
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 will be carefully planned and managed.
We hope to open a Nursery on the Goff-Churchgate site in early 2020, offering nursery provision that aligns with our high aspirations and nurturing ethos to both the local community and our staff.
In time, we aim to grow to include a blend of primary and secondary schools, in addition to the nursery provision, enabling our staff and students to be able to share and learn from best practice across the phases. 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