Hope Community School, Southampton is part of the New Generation Schools Trust which currently runs a primary school in Sidcup, Kent.
See more information about the New Generation Schools Trust Members and Trustees here.
As a free school, we are being set up with the full support of the Department for Education in response to what local people feel they need in order to improve education for children in their community.
We will be subject to inspections by Ofsted and our SATs results will be published in tables in the same way as traditional state schools. We will work closely with the local authority recognising our role as part of the broader educational offer available to families in the city.
The Trust is responsible for the legal, financial and educational responsibilities of the school. As a free school, we have been set up by the Trust with the full support of the Government, in response to what local people feel they need in order to improve education for children in their community. We are established as an academy, which means we are independent from the Local Authority; therefore, we receive our funding directly from the Department for Education.
We are subject to inspections by Ofsted and our SATs results are published in tables in the same way as traditional state schools.
There are two elements to the governance of New Generation Schools Trust schools;
– local school governance that is delivered on behalf of the Trust via Hope Councils and
– Trust wide governance, delivered via the Board of Trustees and the Executive Team employed on their behalf.
Trust wide governance exists to ensure that all NGST schools share the same DNA and operate in a similar way across the family of schools. Hope Councils exist to challenge and support the school in delivering the vision of the Trust and to ensure each school has a distinct local identity that is relevant to and reflective of the community they serve.
The Trust has established four key roles for Hope Councils:
• To serve as ‘champions’ of the Trust’s vision and ethos within the School and to serve as champions of their local School within the Trust.
• To support and challenge the Principal and the School in their delivery of the vision and ethos of the Trust.
• To be both a “sounding board” and “think tank” for the Principal and school leaders, and to represent the views of the whole school community to influence decision making.
• To continually review the overall impact of the School, to make suggestions for improvement and ensure that the Trust’s vision and ethos remains at the heart of the school community.