The best schools have inspirational leaders, excellent teachers, and are responsive to their communities.
We formed the trust because we believe that the best schools have inspirational leaders, excellent teachers, and are responsive to their communities – and that schools are better able to develop these three key attributes through working together. The formation of the Leading Learning Trust will facilitate this joint working, whilst supporting each school to maintain its unique identity.
Working in partnership means working with our children, our parents, our staff, our leaders, our governors, our board and our communities to create a learning community in Newham. As part of this community, we hope that all involved will learn, develop and grow - and be part of our vision for Learning. Together. For life.
We are a charitable company limited by guarantee, funded directly by the Department for Education.
The Leading Learning Trust came into being on the 1st May 2016, and is a charitable company limited by guarantee. Like other trusts, we are funded directly by the Department for Education. Our trust consists of two schools: Selwyn Primary School (an Ofsted-rated Outstanding school, which is also the trust’s sponsor) and Portway Primary School, both located in Plaistow, in the London Borough of Newham. We are at the heart of a wonderfully rich and culturally diverse community that represents over 20 cultural groups and nearly 40 different languages. Our schools are fully inclusive; Selwyn Primary School is also Newham's resourced provision for deaf and hearing impaired pupils.
Our newly appointed CEO, Emma Nicholls (previously Executive Head teacher at Selwyn) leads the trust and reports to a board of trustees. However, our schools are rooted in their communities and as such, each has a Head teacher and a local governing body. Our Head teachers - Helen Mawer, who is based at Selwyn Primary School, and Jacqui Waine, who is based at Portway Primary School - work closely with Emma and with their respective local governing bodies. Our chair of trustees is Steve Loganathan. Further information regarding our trustees and our rigorous governance arrangements is available on our trust documentation page.
Fundamentally, we aim to prepare our children for happiness and success in life. Our vision for our trust reflects this aim: Learning. Together. For life.
We explain our vision of ‘Learning. Together. For life.’ for our trust below. The way in which we work towards this vision is described by our values: Heart, Nurture, Grow, Respect, Succeed.
|Our trust exists to provide opportunities for our children to learn||learning is a collaborative, supportive, undertaking, involving both children and adults||we aim to prepare our children for success in the lives that they will lead|
|Heart - our children's learning is always at the heart of everything we do|
|Nurture - we support and nurture our learning community|
|Grow - we learn and grow together|
|Respect - we respect each other, and appreciate different viewpoints|
|Succeed - we support our children to succeed in their learning|
Further details re our vision, our values and our strategic objectives can be found on the trust documentation page; an overview of what we do at school to support these values is available on the behaviour page of the Selwyn website and the behaviour page of the Portway website.
For more information regarding any aspect of our trust or our schools, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
Please follow these links to Selwyn Primary School’s contact page, and Portway Primary School’s contact page should you have a general enquiry about our schools. Our school office number is also available on these pages. All our trustees can be contacted via the school office at Selwyn Primary School.
In addition, our school websites provide all the information required under the Information Commissioner's Model Publication Scheme. A listing of information that is available on request is available on the trust documentation page, in the document entitled Our School Information Guide.
In case you have any requirement to contact our appointed auditors, Wilkins Kennedy Chartered Accountants can be contacted via their website.