Leaders in Learning Multi Academy Trust
Who are we?
Leaders in learning is a small Multi Academy Trust founded by Winterhill School, Rotherham. The trust was established in 2016 on the strength of a long track record of success at Winterhill and the desire to continue to improve through partnership and collaboration.
Our values and vision
Winterhill School is centred in its community and we believe that valuing diversity, embracing collaboration and seeking genuine partnership with families, communities and other educational partners is the best way to improve the life chances of the young people we serve.
We aim to support all partners so that our young people make the best possible progress and receive an outstanding education.
To that end we will support and challenge our partners to;
Ensure high quality teaching and learning is at the heart of everything they do
Provide a rich, broad and balanced curriculum
Provide a wide range of enrichment opportunities that excite and connect their local communities and life beyond the classroom
Support and challenge all students to be the best they can be
Ensure all students progress onto the next stage
Work closely with families and community partners to support learning
Value and seek collaboration and the sharing of best practice
Provide outstanding training and professional development opportunities with and between schools
Leaders in learning Multi Academy Trust
1. Board of Trustees and Local Governing Body
1.1 Board of Trustees
On the 01 February 2016, Winterhill School converted to Multi Academy Trust (MAT) status and became the founding school of Leaders in Learning Multi Academy Trust. Upon conversion, a Board of Trustees was formed:
1.2 Core Functions
The core functions of the Board of Trustees, as per the Department for Education’s Governance Handbook (November 2015), are as follows; “all boards, whether in the maintained or academy sector and no matter how many schools they are responsible for, have three core functions:
1. Ensuring clarity of vision, ethos and strategic direction;
2. Holding the headteacher to account for the educational performance of the school and its pupils, and the performance management of staff; and
3. Overseeing the financial performance of the school and making sure its money is well spent”.
The Trustees are very ambitious for Winterhill School and Leaders in Learning Multi Academy Trust, they will support the school in raising standards of achievement, improving lifelong learning opportunities and developing sustainable community involvement under the shared values of equality, equity, self-responsibility and self-help.
It is expected that together, we will grow and develop into an Outstanding and successful Multi Academy Trust, providing an excellent education and equal opportunities for all.
1.3 Local Governing Body (LGB)
The Board of Trustees has selected to reconstitute a Local Governing Body for Winterhill School, this is currently taking place and further detail will be published in due course. Meanwhile, if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the Miss Anne Hinds, Chairperson, via letter, marked for her attention, addressed to Winterhill School.
2. Declarations of the Board
Members, Trustees, Local Governors and staff must act and be seen to act, impartially. All associated parties are asked to complete and regularly review a register of business interests. The Department for Education (DfE) strongly recommends that senior staff also register any business interests that may be relevant. These are maintained together in a register of interests. Declarations should include all business and pecuniary (monetary) interests such as directorships, shareholdings and other appointments of influence within a business or other organisation. They should also include interests of related persons such as parent/carer, spouse, child, cohabitee and business partner, where influence could be exerted by that person over an associated party member.
Where a Member, Trustee, Local Governor, staff or related person has any interest, either pecuniary or non-pecuniary, in a matter to be discussed at a Governance meeting, the individual (or member of staff) must declare their interest and withdraw from that part of the meeting.