The Dunham Trust is a growing Trust with very clear educational aims and expectations. One of The Trust’s primary aims is to transform the schools within The Trust into sustainable learning communities. We want to create a community of good and outstanding schools with the highest aspirations. The skills and expertise that exist within The Trust will ensure that our academies and young people aspire to, and achieve, success. We achieve this through a well-structured School Improvement Programme which is supported by The Trust’s two Teaching Schools.

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National Support Schools

Elmridge and Lime Tree are National Support Schools and Jo Appleyard (CEO) and Simon Beswick (Executive Principal), are National Leaders of Education. National Leaders of Education (NLEs) are outstanding headteachers or principals who, together with the staff in their schools, known as designated National Support Schools (NSS), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances.

Both schools have a very successful record of working with other schools, headteachers, groups of teachers and individual teachers in improving teaching and learning and pupil attainment and achievement. In addition to leading their own schools, NLEs work to increase the leadership capacity of other schools to help raise standards.

Schools seeking advice or support, guidance or help of any kind can contact The Dunham Trust by emailing admin@thedunhamtrust.org.uk.