Hadrian Learning Trust was established as an academy converter in 2016. The Trust currently comprises Queen Elizabeth High School and Hexham Middle School (with circa 460 students aged 9-13).
Trustees have a wide range of skills and experience, including current or former parents, and offer senior leaders a strong level of challenge and support. As Head of School, you will be welcomed to Trust Board meetings and expected to play a full part in discussions. The strategic insight this will help you develop is one of the advantages of joining a smaller MAT.
In 2017-18, the Trust consulted on bringing our two schools together to form an 11-18 Secondary, which would have required wider partnership re-organisation. In the light of feedback from stakeholders, it was decided not to pursue this change. However, one of the positive outcomes was wide support for major investment in our buildings.
Since then, we have been working closely with Northumberland County Council and the ESFA to develop plans for co-located Middle and High schools on the existing QEHS site. We are delighted that construction work on this £40m scheme has recently begun and look forward to moving into a unique learning environment in September 2021.
Funding has been tight for all schools in recent years and we have had to take some difficult decisions. As a result of these, and the success of the campaign for fairer funding of schools, particularly in three-tier systems, we are now financially sustainable. This means that our focus can be on our 'core business' of teaching and learning.
Looking ahead, the Trust is open to other schools joining the MAT, whether from the Hexham partnership or beyond, where it is agreed this is in everyone's interest. As the wider educational landscape evolves, this is would be a fascinating time to join Hadrian Learning Trust.