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Downshall joined the New Vision Trust on 1st January 2023 following a consultation with all stakeholders. The consultation was extensive and really began in 2016 when we first considered joining the New Vision Trust. After a number of presentations and meetings with parents, staff, Unions and Local stakeholders the governors reviewed the consultation responses and the majority of those who responded to the official questionnaire were in favour of us joining the Trust.

What is the New Vision Trust?

The New Vision Trust is a group of good and Outstanding schools who have voluntarily decided to come together to support each other and offer best value and best provision for their pupils during challenging financial times;

The New Vision Trust is a not affiliated with any corporate entity and is not being run for profit but is a registered charity. There are no outside investors in the New Vision Trust;

Why did the school want to join the New Vision Trust?

As a school we proposed joining the New Vision Trust because we had seen the quality of the enrichment offered to the pupils across the Trust and paid for by the Trust. Our children and staff organise joint events to share best practice across the schools so that both the staff and children can benefit. For example, Downshall hosted a reading festival for some of our most talented readers in February and this gave our children the opportunity to meet other really talented children from across the Trust. We have also attended sports festivals, learning activities and events to offer really exciting opportunities for our children.

Downshall is currently an excellent school with parents who really want the best for their children. Together we have joined with these other good and outstanding schools to take our children’s learning to an even higher level.

To find out more about the New Vision Trust please click on the link below.

Vision, Principles and values

Key Principles

  • Our MAT exists to provide our pupils with learning opportunities of the highest calibre, through the collaborative working of ambitious, nurturing and academically successful schools
  • We are a group of local schools working in close partnership, through a MAT structure
  • This partnership should grow organically, building capacity for school improvement and for the maintenance of high attainment
  • Schools in the MAT share a common ethos of collaboration, ambition and commitment to continual self-improvement
  • Our family of schools support each other to build on each other’s strengths and to support each other’s on-going development


Each school in the MAT proudly retains its own uniqueness, and this autonomy enriches the collaborative work of all members.


Agreed Vision and Values

  • Our collaboration will enable us to build effective relationships for the betterment of our pupils
  • The individuality and creativity of member schools will allow us to build constructively from our different approaches, identifying best practice
  • We shall foster the resilience, wellbeing and achievements of our member schools
  • We will become a world-class MAT - truly at the vanguard of educational innovation and high quality learning - leading school improvement at a local, national and international level 
  • We will work with a collaborative spirit, making decisions together for the benefit of all members of the MAT, and through this, for the benefit of all pupils in our schools.

The role of the MAT

  • To promote, share and curate contemporary research findings, in order that all staff within the MAT are well informed about current thinking on best practice
  • To create a culture of continuous improvement in order to ensure that high standards are present across all areas of the MAT schools
  • To foster dynamic leadership for the purposes of creating effective schools and in order to build a legacy of future leaders
  • To offer enrichment opportunities for pupils, parents and staff and the wider school communities
  • To recruit, train and retain talented teachers across the MAT
  • To drive innovation within and between MAT schools through seeking creative solutions
  • To provide vibrant learning opportunities for pupils through the benefits of cross-school pupil collaborative projects, performances and challenges
  • To embrace mutual challenge in order to support school improvement in the local area
  • To support schools facing challenges
  • To develop and promote a coherent pathway for CPD and teacher development, to foster brilliant teaching and strong leadership
  • To share insights in sustainable school management, in order to promote financial resilience and best value for money
  • To actively and proudly promote the values of inclusivity, diversity and equality in all elements of the work of the MAT

Contribution to the partnership

All partnership members are expected to actively support the partnership principles, to be committed to implementing its vision and values, and to commit to supporting the development of an effective, ambitious and outward-facing Multi-Academy Trust.

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