Bourne Education Trust
Brookwood Primary School is an academy within the Bourne Education Trust (BET). The Trust specialises in supporting schools to improve their performance and draws on the experience of all schools within it. BET is a Surrey-based multi-academy trust made up of eight schools:
- Brookwood Primary School
- Chertsey High School
- Epsom and Ewell High School
- Jubilee High School
- Pyrcroft Grange Primary School
- Sayes Court Primary School
- Sythwood Primary School
- The Matthew Arnold School
The trust will shortly include Chertsey High School, a new free school that the trust is opening in September 2017.
BET has a board which meets termly and all schools in the trust are held to account for their performance against pre-agreed performance indicators. The philosophies that underpin the trust based on partnership and collaboration. We want to ensure that all children receive a first class education and that the professionals working in our schools are well equipped to deliver this. We believe that the best way to achieve this is by working together in an open and honest culture, where no stone is left unturned in our quest to deliver an outstanding provision to the children across the trust.
What is an Academy?
An academy is a publicly funded school which operates outside of local authority control. The government describes academies as independent state-funded schools.
Academies benefit from greater freedoms to innovate and raise standards. These include:
- Freedom from local authority control
- The ability to set their own pay and conditions for staff
- Freedoms around the delivery of the curriculum and
- The ability to change the lengths of terms and school days
A key difference is that they are funded directly by central government, instead of receiving their funds via a local authority. In addition, they receive money which would previously have been held back by the local authority to provide extra services across all schools.