Become an Academy

Benefits of becoming an academy with Zest Academy Trust

Zest Academy Trust is committed to supporting schools and academies to become the best that they can be.

Our aim is to enable to enable schools to remain as autonomous as possible, whilst offering them the many advantages of being part of a larger family of schools.

Each academy is unique and will retain its own ethos and values to reflect the community it serves.  Decision making will be at academy level, within the shared vision and values of the Trust.

Zest’s academies benefit from:

Collaborative working
Collaboration is integral to the way Zest Academy Trust operates.  The Trust places considerable importance on school-to-school support.  Academies within the Trust are active partners, helping to decide policy as well as taking part in school-to-school support activities.

Professional leadership and teamwork
We are fundamentally committed to outstanding governance and absolutely believe that the impact of strong governance on an academy can be significant.

As trusts and academies become more autonomous, there is a need for strong and effective teamwork.  Never before have governors been so accountable for success.  This requires Trustees and Members who are highly experienced in their career or profession, who can bring unique skills and insight to Trust board meetings and lead effectively to ensure that all those who are managing our academies feel they are part of the whole transformation and evolution process.

Each academy is unique and will retain its own ethos and values to reflect the community it serves.  Decision making will be at academy level, within the shared vision and values of the Trust.

Local Academy Governance

Each academy will have its own Academy Council (the local governing board)
The academy council for each of our academies will follow their agreed scheme of delegation.  We will ensure we attract exactly the right mix of suitably qualified academy council members and provide specialist training to enable them to be as effective as possible at a local level, supporting and challenging leaders and holding them to account.  There will be opportunities for staff members and parents to become academy council members.

A robust and experienced central team

There are many advantages for academies and their staff operating within Zest Academy Trust.
We can provide a range of services including financial, legal, estate management, human resources and public relations/reputation management.

All staff will be transferred to Zest Academy Trust on their existing terms and conditions. The Trust has adopted, and will continue to adopt national terms and condition of service for teachers and non-teaching staff members.  Pensions and continuous service will not be affected in transferring to a different employer; staff will only notice the benefits if they notice any change at all.

More information about the central team and the type of support that can be provided is available on request.

To find out more about becoming an academy with Zest, please contact Mark Hamblett or Sheryl Cardwell on 01253 315370 or complete the form below:

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