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Orchard Community Trust

We're a Multi-Academy-Trust, based in Stoke-on-Trent.

Together we learn,
grow and achieve
Together we learn,
grow and achieve

Our Vision & Values

Our Trust


Orchard Community is a Stoke on Trent based Multi-Academy Trust.  The name for the Trust was devised by year 6 Pupil at Forest Park Primary School who won the competition for naming the Trust. His idea for the name is based on the fact that schools resemble orchards.  He says that “Children are like trees and plants, requiring some attention in order to grow better. Teachers are like gardeners and with their support, the trees will blossom and bear fruit.  The word Orchard also reminds us that trees are all different in colours and have different usefulness, similar to children’s futures, which are shaped in schools, which I call orchards”.


We currently have five Primary schools and two Special schools in our MAT.




The Board of Trustees


The Board of Trustees, the board that oversees the running of the Trust, meets twice each term, and is supported in its work by the Clerk to the Board.  The Board consists of the Senior Executive Leader and 11 other Trustees. Headteachers are also invited to all Trustee Board meetings and committee meetings. The Trust’s Chief Finance Officer also attends all Trust Board meetings and relevant committee meetings.


Each of our MAT schools has a Headteacher or Executive Headteacher and a Local Governing Board.  Responsibilities are delegated to each of these via the Trust’s agreed scheme of delegation.  All Members, Trustees, Headteachers/Executive Headteachers and Governors share the vision, mission and moral purpose of the Trust.


Moral Purpose


Orchard Community Trust is fully committed to improving the life chances of all children, wherever they may be.  This moral obligation, our mission, does not end at the school gates, within our own Local Authorities, or even within our own country. Where we have the capacity to make a difference, we are morally bound to do so.


Staff at our academies have the opportunity to participate in our full range of training programmes and to work with each other via networks and groups across the MAT. These are effectively led by both Headteachers, Deputy Headteachers and Assistant Headteachers from our schools.



Opportunities will be given to all staff to engage in a range of high quality CPD and career development programmes. We also fully recognise the talents and skills of staff and volunteers in our schools and are fully committed to the development of all staff in the MAT. Our range of staff expertise will be shared across our schools via collaborative working to ensure best practice is celebrated and made available to all. The philosophy of school to school support, challenge and collaboration is at the heart of the way Orchard Community Trust will operate and succeed.


Working in partnership with Orchard Community Trust has a number of key benefits for children, staff, Governors and school communities. We would be happy to discuss the benefits with you should you be interested in joining us.


Orchard Community Trust MAT believes that education is a preparation for life and in the spirit of inclusion, respect and safeguarding we seek to prepare each child to face life beyond the school with confidence, skill and ability to be resilient, to cope and thus to succeed:


Within our Trust Primary and Special Schools:

  • We aim to set high standards for personal behaviour and self-regulation, and to promote courtesy, cooperation, consideration and respect for other people of all ages, gender, races, cultures, abilities and backgrounds.
  • We aspire to deliver exciting and quality learning experiences in safe, secure and happy environments.
  • We endeavour to achieve the very highest standards in every aspect of school life, by making the most efficient use of all the resources available.


Our moral purpose and our focus and determination are centered on the following:


TRUST                        RESPECT                     INTEGRITY


LEARNING                 OPENNESS                 EXCITEMENT


DIVERSITY                 COOPERATION          FUN





Our vision


As a Trust, we strive to create an inclusive environment that values diversity and equality, where all beliefs are respected.  We are committed to providing our children with an exceptional education, inspiring them to cultivate a love of learning and empowering them with a strong foundation to thrive and accomplish their goals in life.


We will work in partnership with schools to ensure that all of the learning needs of the diverse range of children and young people we serve are effectively met via high quality provision, great leadership and outward facing developments.


At the centre of our vision for children and young people in the MAT is the word ‘crafts’. This was developed by the MAT Headteachers and is a reference to and reminder of the history of the City of Stoke on Trent and the wide range of crafts and skills that have been seen in the City throughout history. It also relates to the craft of teaching, which is integral to all we do to improve outcomes for children and young people.


In order for us to achieve our vision, the following will be integral to our success with children, young people, staff, Governors, parents and our members and Trustees:


C          Curiosity, creativity, courage, character, confidence, challenge

R          Resilience, rigor, reflection, respect, rehearsal, relationships

A          Adventure, aspiration, achievement, ambition, accountable

F          Families, freedom, fearlessness, fairness, fame for our quality, future proofing

T          Togetherness, tirelessness, teamwork, trust, the next best thing (research)

S          Success, sharing, sensational learning, support, shining examples, safety


We expect all members of Orchard Community Trust to respect and model all of the above vision and values at all times.


These values form the basis of initial discussions with all prospective Orchard Trust Schools and with potential employees of Orchard Community Trust.


All staff, Members, Trustees, Governors, volunteers, parents and carers have a duty and responsibility to be encouraging and supportive of each other. All of our schools have a “can do” culture and fully collaborative ethos.


Everyone associated with the Trust and its schools is expected to aim for excellence in their individual professional roles.


In the best traditions of the profession all staff are prepared to go the extra mile to provide the best possible education for their pupils. The interests, opinions and voices of the children are paramount and guide all that we seek to do and achieve.


We have a responsibility to ensure that every moment a child is in an Orchard Community Trust school that they enjoy learning and strive hard to achieve well and fulfil their maximum potential.

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Trust Office Manager, Orchard Community Trust, Genesis Centre,

North Staffs Business Park, Innovation Way,

Stoke on Trent, ST6 4BF

Company Number : 11620282

Registered in England