uni technical college norfolk

Joining CST.
About Us Consultation on Joining Community Schools Trust.

We are currently consulting on joining Community Schools Trust (CST), a London-based multi-academy trust.

CST is a high performing trust based in East London, determined to deliver the very highest standard of education through collaboration, shared best practice and underpinned by their ethos and values. The schools currently in the Trust are:
• The Cumberland Community School, Newham
• Forest Gate Community School, Newham
• Hackney New School, Hackney
You can find out more information about the trust on their website at www.communityschoolstrust.org

UTCN governors see the main benefits of joining CST as:
• Supporting the school to become OFSTED Outstanding: securing our future and creating potential for future growth
• To develop and support the professional expertise of all staff to further improve effectiveness and outcomes for students
• To generate financial efficiencies to invest back into the classroom for the benefit of students

CST will also benefit from our expertise in delivering vocational learning and sixth form education and providing employer experiences. These are areas that CST are keen to learn from us.

What this means for students

As most of the practical benefits of joining a MAT are ‘behind-the-scenes’, such as quality improvement systems, staff training, finance and back-office support, very little will change for UTCN students day-to-day.  We will continue to provide all students with the same great STEM learning opportunities, with our unique blend of academic and practical learning, and exciting project-based learning with employers. We do not envisage changing our logo or uniform as a result of joining CST.


Given the significance of this proposed change, we are consulting with parents, carers, staff, trade unions, governors, students and the wider community on the proposals to join Community Schools Trust. The consultation period will run from September 2 to September 23. Following consultation, we will publish a report on the findings and this will be made available online to all stakeholders via our school website.

We have organised various information sessions for stakeholders but if you are unable to attend the information session but would like further information or would like to respond to our consultation you can contact the school in the following ways:

– By telephone: 01603 580280
– By email at: office@utcn.org.uk with emails marked CST Consultation
– Complete our online survey here: https://forms.gle/ZQTej2Y7yW3qm2Z28

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