The Manor Hall Academy Trust was incorporated in September 2015 as a Multi-Academy Trust and is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity.
The commitment of the Trust is working together, within a community based on mutual respect. The Manor Hall Academy Trust currently has 6 special school academies which are geographically efficient.
Richard Redgate, Chief Executive, Manor Hall Academy Trust.
Thank you for your interest in the Manor Hall Academy Trust.
The Manor Hall Academy Trust is a growing Multi Academy Trust. The strength of the Trust and its distinctive feature is that it is a Collaborative Educational Trust between Special Schools who meet a range of needs. Schools, working together with the same values creating secure foundations for the future. Historically, the special school sector has been a strength in Staffordshire. This was in no small part down to how special schools worked together in collaboration. We believe this strength is something we cannot lose and that special schools share common problems and issues which require similar solutions. In the future, the growth of the Manor Hall Trust and its Special School membership can only be to the benefit of the individual schools and most importantly the children and young adults. We also recognise that historic boundaries are gradually disappearing and we are open to working with schools across the West Midlands.
All of the academies within our Trust are willing partners who have actively chosen to join us. Therefore there is a high degree of commitment, co-operation and consensus from within the member academies.
As a newly established Multi Academy Trust (September 2015) evolving in capacity, all academy leaders sit on an advisory group of Head teachers, accountable to the Trust Board of Directors. Therefore, all academies have an influence on Multi Academy Trust developments and a voice in shaping the future. Academies within the Multi Academy Trust have leadership from likeminded head teachers, who have shared values, beliefs and high expectations and aspirations for children and young adults.
The Manor Hall Trust is outward looking. We believe we have a responsibility to all pupils not just those in our immediate care. Our schools work pro-actively in their localities with many mainstream schools. The Trust is inclusive, forward thinking and would welcome mainstream schools becoming members. We know many mainstream schools share our values and would help us develop further as a collaborative group of schools.
Academies within the Multi Academy Trust have Local Advisory Councils (previously LGB’s) who retain local accountability for individual academies. All of our academies have a full Scheme of Delegation to support autonomy. All academies have their own distinctive ethos and preserving these unique characteristics is a commitment to every school when they convert to join the Trust.
As the Manor Hall Academy Trust embeds its operational systems it continues to look to expand. There is a commitment to encourage mainstream schools to join the membership. This would be a great opportunity for mainstream schools to make their mark and work with special schools colleagues; especially in these times of SEND reforms and transformation.
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Links to other schools who are part of the Manor Hall Trust
The Meadows School, Leek http://www.themeadows.staffs.sch.uk/home
Springfield School, Leek http://www.springfieldspecialschool.org.uk/home
Loxley Hall School, Uttoxeter http://www.loxleyhall.staffs.sch.uk/
Cicely Haughton School, Wetley Rocks http://www.cicelyhaughton.staffs.sch.uk/
Merryfields School, Newcastle under Lyme http://www.merryfields.staffs.sch.uk/