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Supporting Achievement Nurturing Development

The Trust was formed in June 2019 to enable and develop partnerships working across a group of academies. Academy Trusts are created by a number of academies working together. Academies are independent, self-governing schools that are funded directly by the Government and not via the Local Authority.

I am delighted to inform you that Willow Primary Academy has joined SAND Academies Trust from 1st April 2021. 

The Trust now consists of five schools, Willow Primary Academy, Belmont School, Battledown Centre, Paternoster School and The Milestone School. Each school will maintain its own unique ethos, culture and identity that has been established over many years to ensure the needs of pupils are met.

As a partnership we will achieve more together and therefore:

  • Improve outcomes, opportunities and life chances for children and young people
  • Offer more / wider support for their families
  • Share and develop staff expertise

We will continue working to grow our Academy Trust to include converting schools who share our vision and aims and who wish to be part of a new and exciting Trust that will respect the individual identity of each academy whilst providing opportunities for sharing good practice and expertise to benefit our children, young people and families.

Lyn Dance, CEO SAND AT

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Ethos & Vision for SAND Academies Trust

Ethos & Vision

We will create a Trust which is child-centred, giving children and young people, families and carers a voice.
Through collaboration we will challenge and maximise potential for our schools and individuals.
We will ensure the autonomous identity of each school.
We develop a climate which is open to change and development.
We will shape the future by influencing services and provisions.
Individuals will be empowered to make decisions using research-based evidence to ensure the quality of education has sound intent, clear implementation and accountable impact.
Community engagement will be embedded in learning experiences, both the local community of the provision and the children and young people.
Opportunities and activities will be guided to support transitions for future learning and employment.
Skills and knowledge of all employees will be utilised to improve educational outcomes for children and young people regardless of the accommodation where they are placed.

Our Aims

  • To provide the best possible education for children and young people, including those with additional and complex needs, in both mainstream and special schools.
  • To achieve excellence through innovation, creativity and continuous improvement.
  • To direct the maximum resources available to The Trusts’ academies, facilitating and servicing high standards.
  • To build formal and informal partnerships across Gloucestershire and beyond.
  • To develop a Trust which is ‘outward’ looking and enterprising.
  • To support, challenge and improve underperforming schools.
  • To utilise internal and external providers in the pursuit of excellence based upon pupil need.
  • To utilise the skills and experience of staff and leaders across The Trust to the best advantage of the children and young people.
  • To provide an environment where staff can continually develop and progress their careers.
  • To develop multi agency working practices.
  • To develop children and young people’s independence skills and support families to take part in a parallel journey with their child as they prepare for adulthood.
  • To maximise value-for-money by continued attention to costs and streamlining & centralising working practices where appropriate.
  • To play a strategic role across the region by linking with other organisations such as
    GAPH, GASH, GASSH, G15, GSP, National Star college , The University of Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire college, SGS Stroud college, training providers (Prospects and Bridge), Parent Carers ( Face 2 Face), Forwards Employment, GFirst LEP, local businesses and voluntary sector organisations.

Training & Outreach

Our staff have well developed expertise in a number of areas and this together with excellent facilities and resources enables us to play a significant role in the network of services the Local Authority provides to meet the special educational needs of pupils in Gloucestershire.

As part of our SEND outreach service we can offer bespoke training for schools, assessments of the needs of individual pupils, whole school SEND reviews and support to manage identified pupils with challenging behaviour.

Staff provide advice and support for teachers and support workers of pupils with physical and learning difficulties in mainstream schools through its Outreach and Training services. Staff also provide support the transition process for children in the Foundation Department who have been identified as ready to transfer into a mainstream school setting.

Within SAND Academies trust with have our own Teaching School Alliance which is lead in partnership with a local mainstream school – Coney Hill Community Primary School. Through Coney Hill Milestone Teaching School Alliance (CHM TSA) we provide formal CPD sessions for both mainstream and SEN practitioners and School Direct Initial Teacher Training (ITT), as well as bespoke training sessions and outreach for both mainstream and SEN Early Years, Primary and Secondary settings. CHM TSA is also a partner in the South West Network of Special Teaching School Alliances (NeSTA) and through this engagement is involved in the development and delivery of post graduate training for SEN practitioners across the South West.

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