without excuses.
Our people
as standard.
come first.
as one.

Our values and guiding principles.

Achievement without excuses

We have an unwavering focus on achievement. This is paramount so that all of our children and young people enjoy greater life chances.

We take responsibility for ensuring that they succeed. We own our own performance and do not rest on our laurels or seek to blame others.

Our people matter

We know that our people make a difference to the lives of our 3-16-year-olds. We want to make our schools places where great teachers want to teach, lead and build a career. Investment in the recruitment, development and retention of the best people is a top priority.

We aim to provide professional work environments where our people have the support and tools to do a great job and push our children and young people to scale new heights in a safe and secure environment.

Excellence as standard

We set high standards. “Good enough” is simply not. We do not accept second best from our pupils or ourselves.

The Trust aims to be a highly reliable school improvement organisation that is disciplined in its approach to improving performance. A Trust with clear plans and, simple and precisely executed systems that not only develop and sustain excellent performance, but never stifle individual flair.

Pupils come first

Our schools are run for the benefit of children and young people, not the ease of adults. Their achievement comes first and staff in schools and the central Trust office work to this end.

The Trust aims to keep low priority tasks away from front line teachers and leaders so that they can focus explicitly on our core business of teaching and learning.

Stronger as one

We take collective responsibility for each other and the results of all of our children and young people. We enjoy sharing our success as a Trust while recognising the strengths of individuals and each school. To this end collective accountability is rooted in a “if one fails we all fail” mentality.

As a family of schools we collaborate with each other, challenge each other and share best practice. We do not let competition get in the way of our desire to get the best outcomes for all.


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Our people

Tony O’Brien

Rugby Development Officer

Tony O’Brien, a former high-performance coach in professional Rugby League and Union for 14 years, has joined The King’s School as Rugby Development Officer. Tony has two Masters degrees, one in Sport and Exercise Science and the second in Strength and Conditioning.

Tony is local to the area and very familiar with the school. He has coached many of the student’s family members so is looking forward to working with future generations.

He encourages a strong ethic in terms of teamwork and believes in an honest approach to everything he does. He is looking forward to sharing his skill profile with students at all levels.

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