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Joining CST.
About Us Joining Community Schools Trust.

A consultation on joining Community Schools Trust (CST), a London-based multi-academy trust, took place in the period from September 1 to September 30.

The findings of the consultation are published here.

As there were no significant objections raised during the consultation, the transfer will now proceed, subject to final Department of Education sign-off, and UTCN will join CST on November 1, 2021.

Headteacher Alex Hayes said: “Combining our established technical expertise with CST’s academic excellence will mean that our students will progress to amazing futures. We are extremely excited to be working in partnership with a highly regarded multi academy trust with an enviable track record of academic success. The schools in the Community Schools Trust are among the best performing for exam results in the entire country. Working alongside their excellent team will ensure that our students leave us with outstanding academic results, great technical skills and a real understanding of the opportunities that exist for young people.”

“The Community Schools Trust shares also shares our values of community, inclusivity, aspiration and ambition for students, as well as a strong commitment to academic excellence. As a school, we want to be outstanding and we are constantly looking at ways to improve. Yes, we have been very successful in our own right but we must continue to move forward. This really is the missing piece of the jigsaw.”

CEO of the Community Schools Trust, Simon Elliott said: “I have been incredibly impressed by the expertise and commitment from staff and leaders at UTCN. The young people who attend this school are in exactly the right place for them. They are engaged and passionate about their studies. Working in partnership with well run, aspirational ambitious schools affords the opportunity for improvement on all sides.

Who is CST?

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

How will this benefit UTCN?

UTCN staff and 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. Our logo and uniform will remain the same when we join CST.

UTCN Consultation Report
Please click here for the Final Consultation Report