About Newham Community Schools Trust and NCST Federation

The schools in the Newham Community Schools Trust (NCST) – Sarah Bonnell School – and the NCST Federation – Lister Community School and Rokeby School – have a shared commitment to working together to provide 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

The schools within the two bodies have committed to working in partnership, supporting one another, and there are clear underlying principles around how that partnership will work.

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, the NCST Federation and the 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 and the NCST Federation are 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 whom the bodies working in partnership are responsible and the wider family of Newham schools, but of all of the families and communities in the areas served.

The partnership between NCST and the NCST Federation (Lister and Rokeby) has been established in light of a number of principles, reflecting a steadfast commitment to:

  • maintain each of the schools’ comprehensive values, inclusive practices and non-selective admissions policies;
  • ensuring that the governance arrangements of both bodies will continue to reflect the schools’ close links with the local community; and
  • recognise and value the contribution of staff to the success of the schools.