The Bourne Education Trust is a Surrey-based multi-academy trust made up of twelve schools, Auriol Junior School, Brookwood Primary School, Chertsey High School, Epsom and Ewell High School, Jubilee High School, Meadow Primary School, Pyrcroft Grange Primary School, Sayes Court Primary School, Sythwood Primary School, The Matthew Arnold School, West Ewell Primary & Nursery School and Everest Community Academy. Chertsey High School is a new free school that the trust opened in September 2017. This is being undertaken in partnership with Salesian School.
The trust specialises in supporting schools to improve their performance and draws on the experience of all schools in the trust. Epsom and Ewell High School has been working with Jubilee High School since March 2012 although Jubilee High School only formally joined the trust on the 1st September 2013. Epsom and Ewell High School and Sythwood School have been working with Pyrcroft Grange Primary School since July 2013 and Sayes Court Primary School since October 2013. Pyrcroft formally joined the trust on the 1st December 2013, Sayes Court on the 1st June 2014, Brookwood Primary School on the 1st November 2015 and Auriol Junior School on 1st May 2017. More recently the trust has started working with The Everest Community Academy from September 2017.
The trust’s main areas of expertise are as follows:
- Increasing leadership capacity and rebuilding confidence
- Setting the strategic priorities for the school and creating an aspirational culture
- Supporting the current leadership team in implementing change and holding staff to account
- Refining the school’s data tracking systems so that intervention is targeted, appropriate and makes a difference
- Improving the quality of teaching through school-to-school support, paired observations, bespoke training and the use of outstanding practitioners
- Increasing the skills of teaching assistants so that in-class provision and small group work supports progress
- Improving the dialogue between teachers and teaching assistants
- Challenging underperformance
- Ensuring that no child slips through the net
The trust is led by Alex Russell and he is supported by all the other head teachers in the trust. Overseeing the work of the trust is its strategic board. This is made up of 10 directors and 5 members. The chair is Sara Lipscombe.
The board meets termly and all schools in the trust are held to account for their performance against pre-agreed key performance indicators. The philosophies that underpin the trust are those based on partnership and collaboration. they want to ensure that all children receive a first class education and that the professionals working in their schools are well equipped to deliver this. BET believe that the best way to achieve this is by working together in an open and honest culture, where no stone is left unturned in their quest to deliver an outstanding provision to the children across the trust.