On 1st July 2014, Hillside Primary School converted to an Academy Trust sponsorship from Local Authority control.
The Trust selected by the school Governors of the time was The Active Learning Trust. This Trust was selected over other sponsors due to the values that were shared between the school and the sponsor.
For more information on the trust please visit:
For ALT's funding agreement, memorandum of association, articles of association, annual report, annual audited accounts, please visit:
To learn more about ALT's members and Trustees, please visit:
None of the employees at the school are paid more than £100,000 per annum.
To locate the school's report on the Schools Financial Benchmarking Service, please visit:
The Active Learning Trust's Values
- We recognise that each school is different – we don’t look to impose a corporate style or identity on schools but we do have a common approach to maintaining the highest expectations.
- We believe our role is to help schools achieve excellence through the provision of support, advice and challenge of the highest quality.
- We are committed to a collaborative approach to our work, based on a shared understanding of what needs to be done, by whom and by when, in order to maximise the impact of our work
- The Active Learning Trust seeks to promote a tolerant and informed view of the world and holds no political, cultural or religious affiliations. These core values underpin our commitment to provide the highest quality education for all our pupils so that they can go on to live fulfilling and responsible lives as active citizens.
- We will always be open and honest in our communications and we welcome feedback.
- We always do what we say we will do.
- We strive for excellence and quality in everything we do.
- Our staff can expect support and advice of the highest quality, clarity about the expectations we have of them and the right and responsibility to share successes and concerns.
- We believe pupils in schools that are part of the Trust have the right to an excellent education and a responsibility to positively take part in school and community life to the best of their ability.
- We believe that parents are an important part of a child’s education and it is the responsibility of the Trust and schools to engage positively with parents to secure their support to raise attainment.
- We believe that strong Local Governing Bodies, acting as part of the Trust’s monitoring and evaluation of progress, are key partners to success.
The curriculum offered in all our schools is aimed at developing well-rounded and successful lifelong learners tailored to the diversity of need in our local and national communities.
Our curriculum reflects the values of the Active Learning Trust in that it is child-centred, inclusive and has due regard for the well-being of all our learners.
Our expectations are high - providing challenge as well as support for all our learners, engaging and motivating all to be aspirational and achieve their very best.
The curriculum is a blend of knowledge, with identifiable key concepts, attributes and skills taught through each subject to support each learner’s personal, social and academic development.
All our schools will maintain an active and positive relationship with parents and carers so that they can be informed about the curriculum and therefore contribute to their children’s learning as they progress through school.
The curriculum for learning professionals in schools will be actively maintained and supported through the Active Learning Trust’s programme of professional development.
- To stimulate professional dialogue within and between staff teams and schools.
- To create a safe and secure learning culture in our schools characterised by high challenge and low threat where we demonstrate that we personally care but challenge directly.
- To support our learners to flourish, create, innovate and achieve through high quality learning experiences accessible to all.
- To support learners’ physical development and responsibility for their own health, and enable them to be active.
- To reflect the latest educational thinking so that each learner is equipped with the subject-specific knowledge and skills to achieve progression and experience continuity in learning.
- To prepare our learners for the next stage in their educational journey having achieved the best possible personal, social and academic outcomes, regardless of their starting point.
Key concepts, attributes and skills
ALT schools will embed subject-specific concepts, attributes and skills and alongside this our learners:
- will have an understanding of local, national and global perspectives, with a strong sense of self-identity and social responsibility with high aspirations
- will develop a genuine love and enjoyment of learning characterised by positive behaviours including resilience, perseverance and resourcefulness and with the confidence to learn.
The Active Learning Trust seeks to promote a tolerant and informed view of the world and holds no political, cultural or religious affiliations.
The Active Learning Trust
Cromwell Community College
Tel: 01354 697485