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.

Read more about our vision here