Vision and Values

At Athena Schools Trust, we champion:

  • Aspiration
  • Local leadership
  • Learning
  • Collaboration


We have high aspirations for every school and every individual, irrespective of background, to reach their potential. We create a safe, supportive and caring environment to ensure that every student’s academic, physical and emotional needs are met. We provide varied opportunities for progression and development of our staff. We expect every school to have a clear improvement strategy, and to continually strive to be the best. Rigorous monitoring of standards – at school, executive and board level – enables support to be targeted swiftly and efficiently. 


All schools are expected to participate in the shaping and running of the MAT. We share ideas, best practice and expertise to achieve consistently high standards. We celebrate our successes – within individual schools and collectively as a MAT. Robust and centralised services support our schools, enabling resources to be used as effectively as possible. 

Local leadership 

Schools are led locally by those who know their students, staff and communities best - their headteachers and local governing bodies. We provide support services and structure to enable local leaders to focus on delivering excellent education. Our Trust reflects a wide professional skillset, including educational expertise, to enable it to hold all our schools to account.  

Learning - creative and inspiring 

We prize creative and inspiring teaching. Our staff are motivated, well-managed and well-led, with effective opportunities for continuous professional development. Schools will explore new pedagogical methods and share ideas and strategies to provide effective and varied learning. We want to imbue our children and young people with a lifelong love of learning. Our CARE strategy -Compassion, Achievement, Resilience and Empowerment – embodies our values and what we want for our young people.

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14th October 2019

CPD Newsletter w/c 7/10/19

Thank you to everyone who attended a CPD session or Curriculum Network on either 30th September or 4th November. In total 158 teachers and support staff from across both the GEP and Athena Trusts attended an event and we have invited feedback via Survey Monkey to help with future planning. Please can you fill out this survey if you haven’t already. Further thanks goes to everyone who managed to navigate our new Eventbrite system in order to sign up, and we ask that everyone use this method going forward if directed so we are able to arrange the right size of room and correct number of resources. If you have any problems with using Eventbrite, please contact Jackie Blackwood at In response to requests from schools, the team are currently planning further CPD sessions and will ensure any new sessions are highlighted on this bulletin which is designed to display at a glance what is coming up over the next couple of weeks. Sessions on dyslexia and behaviour management are both in the pipeline: details are forthcoming. Each month we will also update and attach the full schedule for a full view of what is available. In the meantime, please don’t forget to book upcoming CPD sessions ASAP to secure your place! CPD Bulletin (7 Oct 2019) - edits to timetable(s) If you require further information please contact: Jackie Blackwood – George Abbot Teaching School Manager e: t: 01483 888047Read Full Article
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