School Improvement

We believe that working together makes us stronger, and by growing we can invest in more support for schools – school improvement and back office – and in more research and development to scale up effective approaches. The future is exciting and we welcome schools who share our vision and values to be part of the Excalibur adventure!

Our Track Record

Our track record speaks for itself. All of our schools are judged by Ofsted to be good or outstanding, our two recently joined sponsored academies have yet to be inspected, their improvement since joining has been rapid. Our schools perform above national averages and progress for disadvantaged pupils is significantly higher than nationally. We are proud to provide a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum which meets the needs of our pupils, and we do not game the system or participate in off-rolling. There is no secret to our success; we focus on providing the highest quality first teaching, we look after our staff and students, and we invest in developing leadership capacity.

How We Operate

Every school within Excalibur retains its own identity, has its own Local Governing Body and manages its own budget. Our schools serve very different communities and we celebrate the diversity this brings to the Trust. Whilst we all operate within the vision, values and aims of the Trust, we believe in individuality not conformity, and each school is encouraged and supported to tailor its provision to meet the needs of its pupils.

Being part of Excalibur Academies Trust is very special.  Since joining the Trust we have received excellent support and challenge in moving our school forward.  We feel we are very much a valued member of the Trust’s community; able to contribute to the overall aim of improving children’s learning through the many new and exciting  professional opportunities for all staff to work collaboratively together.

Jeff Mason – Principal Liden Academy

“As a new Principal I couldn’t have asked to join a more supportive team. Excalibur has a massive wealth of experience and have really helped me to secure rapid improvement in a diverse and growing secondary school. They advise, mentor, challenge and support me, providing high level expertise, opportunities to sound out initiatives and empower me to innovate.”

John Salberg Principal The Wren School

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”

Nelson Mandela

We all share the aim of achieving excellence and we work collaboratively to co-design our structures and systems, and our approaches to teaching and leadership, learning from and building on evidence of what works. We enjoy working together, sharing expertise and planning in partnership, with no school left behind.

Whilst we know how to improve schools and will ensure that every school quickly addresses any areas of weakness, we do not impose a strait-jacket on school leaders or teachers. We know there is more than one way to solve a problem and that we need creativity and innovation in our schools if we are to inspire our pupils and unleash potential. We encourage action research and blue sky thinking.

Interested? Get in touch:

Nicky Edmondson CEO

[email protected]
01672 516156

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