Welcome from the Chair of the Trust Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
Thank you for visiting our website. The East Anglian Schools Trust (EAST) was established on 1 September 2019. At its inception, three secondary academies are formally partnered together: Bungay, Farlingaye and Kesgrave High Schools. We are confident that EAST will create a stronger future for our schools and continue to improve outcomes for all our students and young people. Working together will achieve great things and provide a first-class educational experience in which all our students can excel. Schools in our Trust retain so much of their independence whilst benefiting from an exciting formal partnership; things such as school names, uniforms, and a local governing body to manage local issues are all retained.
Positive and exciting collaboration brought about by EAST provides important benefits for our schools. These include:
· Increased opportunities for students and staff to work together across the MAT schools
· Greater scope to maintain a broader curriculum for students
· Sharing good practice and delivering an outstanding learning experience
· Greater opportunity to develop and retain teaching talent within EAST
· Opportunities for financial benefits across the schools
Schools will support and challenge each other to deliver excellence in all aspects of the education and welfare for our students as EAST grows and matures. Other schools may wish to join EAST in the future, although it is our expectation that EAST will remain local and of a sensible size.
Governance of EAST is strong and principled, undertaken by Governors in each school (Local Governing Bodies), a Trust Board working across the MAT and an overarching Members Board. The collective knowledge, skills, experience and insight of all these individuals will ensure that Governance in our Trust both challenges and supports each school to ensure the best outcome for our learners. If you are interested in lending your skills and qualities to strengthen the Governance with EAST, please do not hesitate to contact Louise Franks, Trust Board Chair c/o Farlingaye High School.
The strength of our school communities, their Local Governing Bodies and the Trust Board means we are confident that with our vision, skills and resources, EAST will serve the best interests of our community and ensure that we are able to shape our own destiny.
Louise Franks Nigel Burgoyne
Chair of the EAST Trust Board Interim CEO