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Elm Tree Multi Academy Trust

Our Trust Mission

Supporting all, delivering excellence and enriching the lives of young people   

Our academies are places of educational excellence, where all are challenged to succeed in a caring and supportive environment.


Our trust’s vision is one of promoting excellent outcomes to all young people within a safe and caring environment so all can find success. Our CORE values promote Commitment, Opportunities, Respect and Excellence. These values underpin our moral purpose.

The trust would like, firstly, to support schools within our own community to develop fair, equal opportunities and learning experiences to a diverse population. We firmly believe in the narrative from Government that schools should be part of a family of schools to ensure all young people are securing excellent outcomes. The greatest challenge within the local community is the disparity between postcodes and hence its educational opportunities and outcomes for those living in areas of greater deprivation. We believe whole-heartedly in working as an inclusive school and would see the opportunity to work with more schools as a way to improve the outcomes of a greater number of pupils within our community.

Aims of the trust:

  • Working together to improve pupil outcomes and supporting each school to continue to drive school improvement, whilst levelling up our community
  • Sharing resources and expertise to ensure every pupil gets the support they need in an inclusive environment
  • Working together and in partnership to improve the pupil journey from early years to year 13 and beyond
  • Strengthening the core business function of all schools by sharing and combining common functions such as Finance, HR, Facilities, Recruitment, Purchasing and CPD
  • Supporting individual schools to grow and develop their own capacity through targeted support such as CPD, mentoring and work shadowing
  • Providing appropriate high challenge to ensure value for money and excellent pupil outcomes
  • Working supportively with schools so enabling them to retain their individual identities to best suit their stakeholders. We would align our systems and processes in terms of data management, progress monitoring and evaluation of the quality of teaching, learning and assessment where practical. However, we would also be mindful of necessary differences between educational phases and not implement change for change’s sake. Schools could expect to retain autonomy over aspects such as school name, uniform, a one-size fits all approach would not be used.
  • Our ambition is to be an ever-improving learning environment that offers opportunities to enthuse engage and enrich the experiences of all its community. We will continue to instil a commitment to growth in a positive, dynamic, and respectful environment that expects and supports personal excellence in the context of everyone mattering equally

We have high expectations of our young people, and all of us at Elm Tree MAT work co-operatively with each other in order to strive towards our common goal of developing our pupils and providing them with the right tools to be successful, empathetic, well-adjusted members of society. Our pupils are encouraged to strive for excellence in all that they do at school and grasp all the wonderful opportunities that will present themselves throughout their years of study. We want our young people to aim high, be happy confident learners, support one another and be proud members of our rich and diverse community.

We are extremely fortunate to educate young people in a wonderful environment with state-of-the-art facilities. We have committed, talented teachers and support staff who work hard and deliver excellent outcomes for our young people at all stages. Fundamental to that success is instilling core attributes such as resilience, independence, kindness, progressive thinking and a desire to work hard.

We care deeply about forging positive and strong relationships between all partners – staff, pupils, parents and governors. Respect for ourselves and each other is at the heart of our school ethos, we want pupils to work in partnership with our local and global communities and the environment to become positive members of society and role models for our younger pupils at school.


North Leamington School was formed in 1977 through the merger of 3 existing schools in Leamington: Blackdown High School, Leamington College for Girls, and Leamington College for Boys. NLS originally specialised in Performing arts and became the first Arts College School in Warwickshire. It was granted Specialist School status as a Performing Arts College in 1999, thanks to sponsorship by EMI Music Sound Foundation (now Universal Music UK Sound Foundation) and retained this status until 2008.

The school moved to a new site on Sandy Lane in September 2009, formerly the Manor Hall teacher training and conference centre. New state of the art campus style buildings were constructed, achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating and winning several awards by RICS, the Leamington Society, and The Society for Construction and Architecture in Local Authorities (LAs). The new environmentally friendly purpose-built site for 11-18 year olds includes extensive facilities for pupils, staff and the local community to use including a theatre, sports hall, sixth form study areas, drama and dance studios, flood lit sports pitches, vast sports fields and much more

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