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Welcome to the Leading Learning Trust. We are a group of schools who work together to ensure that all our pupils get the highest quality education and experiences whilst maintaining our unique individual school identities. We hold a strong belief that all children can achieve their fullest potential through a rich and engaging curriculum alongside the right care, guidance and support. We have the highest expectations of each and every child; we aim to instil a love of learning and a drive to succeed so that all children are ready to start the next phase of their lives confident, happy and independent.
Working in partnership is key to how we operate as a trust. For us, this means working with our children, our parents, our staff, our school leaders, our governors, trust board and communities to develop and grow a broader learning community in Newham. The Leading Learning Trust: Learning. Together. For life.
CEO, the Leading Learning Trust
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.
At the Leading Learning Trust, we strive to instil a love of learning and a drive to succeed, so that every child leaves our schools as confident, independent learners with a thirst for knowledge - ready to engage with everything the next phases of their education have to offer.
Our vision - why we exist
We exist as a trust, containing a group of schools that work together, in order to ensure that all our pupils receive the highest quality education and experiences, whilst being part of a local school, rooted in its own community, with its own unique identity. We hold a strong belief that all children can achieve their fullest potential through a rich and engaging curriculum alongside the right care, guidance and support. We have the highest expectations of each and every child; we aim to instil a love of learning and a drive to succeed so that all children are ready to start the next phase of their lives confident, happy and independent. We deliver these outcomes through the commitment and expert practice of our staff, who we support to achieve their professional goals across our trust, our borough and beyond.
The essence of our vision for teaching, learning and development across our trust is Learning. Together. For Life.
Our values - how we work across our trust
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, grow and succeed together
Respect - we respect each other
Succeed - we support our children to succeed in their learning
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Our schools - our vision, values and strategy in action
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.