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Horncastle Education Trust

Join Us

As our Trust grows, it is important we do so in a way which enriches our family of schools and secures our future sustainability.

Our aim is to create an inclusive and supportive learning environment that enables all learners to fulfil their potential.

In our Trust, all schools are in equal partnership irrespective of their size, phase of education, length of membership or Ofsted category.  A fundamental principle of our trust is that effective governance is best delivered as close as possible to the point of impact of decisions to fully meet the needs of students and their local communities with the support and strength of the Trust behind them.

The process of selecting and joining a multi-academy trust can be quite daunting.  To help schools hoping to join us, we have mapped the journey; from governance, through due diligence, induction and support.

We view due diligence as a gap analysis, identifying what would need to be done in order that a prospective school can transition as smoothly as possible into our trust. 

We operate a central services workstream model funded by pooling the General Annual Grant (GAG) allocated to each school.  Our family of schools benefit from the following services:

  • Professional leadership from the CEO and CFO
  • A central Finance Team for all finance functions
  • HR and Personnel Services
  • Estates Management team
  • Business & Operations team
  • Professional governance clerking
  • Payroll Services
  • Insurance Cover
  • Audit and Internal Assurance
  • Health & Safety Inspection and Support
  • Data Protection Officer Services
  • Digital Development/ICT Leadership and Support
  • Governance Reviews
  • Safeguarding Reviews
  • Pupil Premium Reviews
  • CPLD coordination including trust-wide training for staff, Governors, Trustees and Members, and membership of the National College
  • Networking meetings such as Strategic Safeguarding, SENDCOs, Exam Officers
  • Annual Governance Conference
  • Membership of National Bodies such as the NGA and CST

Our school improvement model focuses upon four strands:

  • Commitment; Uncompromising commitment to our common purpose of creating a better future for our children.
  • Capacity; We see the value in building capacity so that each school has access to a self -sustaining reservoir of system leaders.
  • Capability; Adopting a solution-focussed remit for school improvement gives our Trust the ability to understand why progress is being made, or why it is not. 
  • Commissioning; Through intelligent networking and collaboration, we identify the expertise needed by interrogating and deploying from the Trust’s own resource base enhanced by access to the wider network of contacts through our Teaching School Hub. 


We welcome expressions of interest from schools in our locality who share our passion, commitment and ethos.

Successful schools sharing good practice, pooling resources and participating in joint projects for the benefit of all.

Contact us to discuss how you can become a member of our family.