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Become a Lime Trust School

Lime Trust is proactively seeking schools to join our family. We are looking to grow in Northeast London, Peterborough and between our two existing hubs. Schools or groups of schools in these areas or in the A1/M11 corridor, (Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire), are encouraged to open discussions about how we can work together.

Our Lime Trust Strategy, which is centred around the DFE’s Five Pillars Trust Quality Descriptors, has the capacity and flexibility to develop and will grow with the addition of schools with different improvement needs. It is research-based, drawing heavily upon the school improvement work of Sir David Carter, Ofsted and the Education Endowment Foundation

School Improvement Offer

At the heart of our school improvement strategy is a commitment to working in partnership with all our schools to be self-improving and committed to achieving a school-led system. Our school improvement visits provide a balance of support, collaboration and challenge. Half-term visits to schools ensure that there is a relentless focus on raising standards.  We offer all our schools:

  • Leadership Support –School improvement and Business visits with development support between visits. All HT and DSL have external clinical supervision and a safeguarding package of support.
  • Curriculum – Research led, evidence informed and fully resourced with progression of skills from birth onwards. Flexible enough to be adapted to all schools’ contexts. Incorporates a robust pedagogical approach, linked to EEF (Education Endowment Foundation) research.
  • Teaching and Learning Policy – Fully comprehensive, providing new and existing staff with all the tools they need to teach including how to structure learning, plan lessons, assess pupil progress and moderate judgements
  • School to school support – Half termly collaborative planning meetings across schools led by the SIT. Senior and middle leaders are supported through hubs for year groups, specific subjects and special school focussed. Plus, opportunities across the Special and Primary schools to work together on focussed projects
  • Moderation and Quality Assurance – half termly moderation opportunities across the Primary and Special school settings
  • CPD opportunities – NPQs (National Professional Qualifications) for all teachers beyond ECT, Instructional coaching and bespoke training. We grow our own teachers through our partnership with Ambition institute.
  • Partnerships – established with the Ambition Institute (ITT), Unity Trust and Challenge Partners.

Business Offer

  • Business – Support to manage admissions, attendance, facilities and estates management including capital projects, risk, compliance and data management. Specialist team leading on technical and infrastructure for ICT. Regional lead for Catering to support school teams
  • Finance – Specialist regional teams managing budgeting, day to day finance processing through a paperless finance system, audit, statutory returns and annual accounts.
  • Human Resources – Specialist regional teams providing operational requirements for all aspects of recruitment through to staff absences.   Professional bespoke advice through robust policies and procedures on staffing concerns on a variety of casework.
  • In our schools, we are committed to having passionate and inspirational School Business Managers who ensure that our learners have access to a safe stimulating environment which supports our learners to flourish. These staff lead the business teams in the school which is made up of the: front office team (Office Administrators, Family Support Workers, EHCP Administrators (special only), site team (Site Manager/Officer, Assistant Site Officer, Cleaners) and the lunchtime team (School Chef, Catering Assistants, Midday Assistants.