Woodard Academies Trust

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Welcome to Woodard Academies Trust, a family of academies where we take pride in recognising young people’s brilliance and nurturing their wisdom.

Our vision is: 

  • Supporting strong schools to deliver great outcomes: rooted in our local communities, ensuring excellent educational provision, and personal growth opportunities for all our young people
  • Opening minds: igniting a curiosity about the world, nurturing spiritual and cultural growth, championing diversity and inclusion, and developing a lifelong love of learning.
  • Raising expectations: for everyone in the Trust, pupils, staff, and governors, about the standards we can reach and the outcomes we can achieve, irrespective of background.
  • Transforming lives: maximising opportunities for our young people to have rewarding careers, and strong relationships while making a positive contribution to their communities and society.

Our Trust has an impressive heritage as part of the Woodard family of schools, created by founder Nathaniel Woodard in 1848 with the aim of providing an education based on Christian values and a belief in nurturing and enriching each individual child.

This is an exciting time for us with our ambitious new five-year strategy to continue to drive up standards, nurture and educate our children into successful adults, develop, and recruit the best teachers, work collaboratively in our local area, and grow our Trust in geographical clusters.

This will all be enabled and overseen by our experienced and expert Trustees working closely with our local academy councils.

If you are interested in finding out more about joining us, please click here. Remember,

“If you want to travel fast, go alone, if you want to travel far, go together.”

(African proverb)

Mike Pettifer
CEO Woodard Academies Trust


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