Working with Good and Outstanding Schools

Good and Outstanding Schools

If you are already OFSTED rated outstanding or good, we would like to work with you. We know that it may be daunting to join a Multi-Academy Trust and some schools may contemplate creating their own MAT before joining another.

At Lydiate Learning Trust we recognise all these issues. We want to work around them and learn from other outstanding/good schools. We all originally went into education to help youngsters, families and communities. We, therefore, have a shared purpose and a starting point to get to know one another. In order to achieve our goal we seek best practice and share it across schools. With this common purpose, good communication and starting where the school is at we can all work effectively together and support youngsters on their route to success.

We have introduced a new approach to allow schools to join our Trust without a full commitment, an approach the DfE call 'working in partnership'. This enables you to work with us, access CPD, access our back office support, employ interim leaders, work with our SLEs or plug a gap. Obviously this is time limited and agreed at the outset with the sole purpose of supporting you and your students. If we achieve a successful trial partnership and you progress working with us, then over time you may join the Trust and become a Lydiate Learning Trust school. Equally, we may have supported you through difficult times and you may choose to remain independent.

Enquiries are very much welcomed and information can be obtained from Ann Stahler, CEO and Executive Headteacher at

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