About Newham Community Schools Trust

The schools in Newham Community Schools Trust (NCST) are committed to providing   a world-class education for young people in Newham, and to developing as centres of excellence for teaching and learning.

We are highly ambitious for our students, and keen to develop their passion for learning. We seek to do this within calm, safe learning environments, where all members of the community treat each other with kindness, tolerance and respect.

We believe that no child should be left behind, that every child can succeed regardless of their starting point, and that every child should have access to a broad and rich range of experiences at school which will support their development as an active member of our community.

We are highly ambitious for our staff, developing a strong culture of continuous professional development. We want to attract and retain the best teaching and non-teaching staff, and be recognised as an organisation where staff at all levels receive outstanding support in developing their careers.

Principles for effective partnership at NCST and across our schools

NCST schools are committed to working in partnership and to supporting one another.  The following outline the principles for effective partnership which we have agreed:

Equal Partners: At all times the partners will strive for consensus in decision making, recognising that each school has both strengths and weaknesses. We will be respectful of each school’s distinctive ethos and identity, while the schools will work collaboratively to fulfil the our mission, vision and values.

Transparency: All those involved in the running and oversight of NCST and our schools will be open and honest in their dealings with each other.

Subsidiarity: Decisions are to be taken at the level nearest to those affected by those decisions which is compatible with the principles of solidarity and support for the common good, avoiding unnecessary bureaucracy and aiming in so far as possible to make changes to established practices only where it can be demonstrated there is a reasonable need.

Solidarity: All those with responsibility for the schools share a particular commitment to the mutual support of all schools for whom NCST is responsible, especially those that are in need of assistance at any particular time.

The Common Good: All recognise their responsibility towards the common good, not just of the schools for which NCST is responsible, but of all of the families and communities in the areas we serve.

Working in partnership, whilst maintaining the distinctive local ethos and identities of our individual schools, was one of the core founding principles of our Trust when we formed in 2015 –  initially as a partnership between NCST and the Lister and Rokeby Federation.  Partnership continues to shape the way we work, as does:

  • inclusivity: a steadfast commitment to each of the schools’ comprehensive values, inclusive practices and non-selective admissions policies;
  • breadth of our offer: ensuring that each of our schools offer a broad range of curricular and extra-curricular learning and experiences;
  • collaboration: working together to provide an even better education across our schools;
  • recognition of our staff: articulating and celebrating the contribution that our teaching and non-teaching staff make to the success of our schools; and
  • commitment to our local community: working together in schools which are all located in a limited geographical area.