Wakefield Schools Trust (WST)

WST

Minsthorpe Community College is a member of the Wakefield Schools Trust.


The Wakefield Schools Trust is a collaborative partnership whose aim is improving education for the children of Wakefield. Our mission is ‘Raising standards through collaboration and support” and all schools are committed to working together in partnership in order to raise standards in each school and across the Wakefield District.

The Trust takes the form of a Company Limited by Guarantee and is run by a board of Trustees. Every school that has joined the Trust will contribute to and benefit from a unique school improvement offer and the support that is offered by an independent collective of like-minded schools.

Each of the schools and Single Academy Trusts who make up the Wakefield Schools Trust will remain autonomous institutions with their own Governing Bodies, legal responsibilities and independent Head Teachers with powers that continue, unaltered. Schools are free to join and leave the Trust under the normal rules of a business partnership. This is not a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) and the member schools are free to come and go should they wish. The Trust will also retain close ties with the local authority in order to create a self-improving school system in the Wakefield District.

Our guiding principles are to challenge, help, support and improve our member schools and academies to ensure that all our young people succeed. Over time we also intend to establish a system that delivers efficiency, effectiveness and growing economies of scale so that maximum resources can be reinvested directly into classroom practice, learning and teaching.

Every school, as a member, has a voice in the decision-making process, through the Trust’s open and transparent governance. Moreover, the Trust values the diversity which exists in our schools and actively encourages each school joining the Trust to maintain and further develop its own distinctive culture and identity. As a Trust we intend to become a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts.

United in the principle of different schools, one family we have pledged to work together to help and support one another at a time when education budgets are severely stretched in a voluntary partnership of schools where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts and whose goal is to raise standards in each and every Trust school without any of them losing its individuality, independence, freedom or uniqueness.