Welcome to The Link Academies Trust’s sustained improvement plan designed to drive our current and future thinking and development into the year 2020.

The strategy is formulated to be purposeful and tailored to the context of our academy so that we can use and refer to it regularly throughout the next three years- it will be central to our discussions throughout the years. The greatest and most effective improvement plans are sustained because they are referred to constantly and are able to be adapted to changing circumstances, so flexibility is in-built. Our plans must have impact therefore everyone must have a deep understanding, ownership of them and weave them into everything they do.

I believe that my role within this plan is to continue to work together with our board of trustees and school based staff- including those wishing to join our trust; initially, to create the vision, the strategic direction and the pedagogical model which will enable children in our Trust to flourish regardless of their background or starting point or size of school.  Finally I see my role is to drive through the resultant strategies, actions and plans, ensuring impact.

My commitment and expectation is that I, along with our senior leaders, will motivate and empower staff at all levels to have a relentless focus on their own performance and that of our children; and by meticulously analysing data, ensure that we have the best evidence-led practice in all our schools regardless of context.

This may well require us to take tough decisions on how we will achieve whilst we seek constantly to develop the collaborative and supportive culture across our Trust, ensuring we are ‘ stronger together’.

Clearly, one of my most considerations is to build capacity in advance of need and ensure that we always have the ability to scale up without compromising the effectiveness of our existing academies. This requires an analytical approach, looking at every aspect of success and the highest quality provision and this is the focus for the board’s and my thinking and together we understand that the Trust is only as good as our last set of results and our weakest school.

We continually collaborate across the educational and business landscape to promote the very best practice in our small schools, we strive to be ‘cutting edge’ in our approach thereby providing the very best innovative practice possible- after all our intention is to be ‘stronger together’ and using our internal expertise and involving the wider community we will achieve our goals.

Nicky Dunford
CEO