Stratton Education Trust was formed in February 2012 when Stratton Upper School and Gamlingay Village College federated and became academies.
Gamlingay Village College transferred to Cam Academy Trust in September 2017, federated with Gamlingay First School and became a primary school.
The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company's Memorandum and Articles of Association are the primary governance documents of the Academy Trust. The Trustees of Stratton Education Trust Limited are also the directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. The charitable company is known as Stratton Education Trust.
The Academy Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity. The charitable company's Memorandum and Articles of Association are the primary governance documents of the Academy Trust. The Trustees of Stratton Education Trust Limited are also the directors of the charitable company for the purposes of company law. The charitable company is known as Stratton Education Trust. Details of the Members and governors who served during the year are included in the Reference and Administration Details
Stratton Library is an integral resource within the school community. Students and staff are welcome throughout the day to find books and information, and to read or work quietly in the study area.
Access to the internet and school intranet provides students with the ever-increasing wealth of information found online, including additional access to online journals.
Classes visit the library during lessons, spending the hour undertaking research, reading independently or as a class. The weekly lunchtime reading and chess clubs are very popular, bringing together students from all year groups.
The library staff are always happy to help anyone find the information they need, or to suggest something they might enjoy reading. The aim is to encourage students to open their minds to the knowledge available to those who search for it, to find pleasure in reading and to share their own experiences.
Resources: • Library Search (catalogue of resources) networked across the school • internet access • school network access • information (non-fiction) books to support the curriculum and wider interests • fiction books at all levels • newspapers and magazines • DVDs • information files • Staff Library • links to other library collections
Stratton has been a Training School since September 2003. Our work focuses on excellence in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) and Continuing Professional Development (CPD). We access a number of networks and local opportunities, working closely with local Teaching Schools and training providers. We have contributed locally and nationally to initiatives including National College Leadership programmes. We also encourage school and classroom based research.
Staff Head of Training School: Mrs J Luck
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) We host trainees from various training providers including SCITT (The Bedfordshire Schools Training Partnership) and the University of Bedfordshire. We support in a number of ways, such as: offering advice, guidance and also work experience to help with ITT applications. We offer training the School Direct – PGCE route in a number of subjects as part of our partnership with Redborne Upper School and UoB. The time a trainee spends at Stratton varies from one week to a whole academic year. During this time, trainees are involved in all aspects of school life and are supported by a full programme of Professional Studies sessions delivered by expert school-based practitioners. They observe and teach lessons, work with form groups and work with students. All trainees have individual trained mentors and feedback tells us that the induction they receive from staff at Stratton is warm, helpful and makes placements very effective.
Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT) All NQTs work with trained induction tutors and meet weekly, to discuss, track and support progress. They are allocated a 10% timetable reduction to support induction activities focusing on the Teachers’ Standards. In addition, informal advice and support is offered by the Training School. We run a formal and structured NQT Induction Programme. The programme involves a Peer Coaching project, allowing collaborative work on various development themes. We provide support for local NQTs via our Enrichment Programme and work with the local Teaching School to provide experts who deliver Core Training for Induction Tutors and NQTs – whilst also supporting the Central Bedfordshire NQT Conferences. We are currently working on a pilot project on the ECF.
New Staff All new staff have an induction programme that runs for the first few weeks of the academic year. This includes Safeguarding and Prevent Training and focuses primarily on the routines and systems that are used in school.
INSED Days We organise and co-ordinate 4 INSED days a year in line with the School Improvement Plan. We disaggregate 1 INSED day per year, with the agreement of Unions, to support the CPD Programme. Staff are obliged, as part of directed time, to attend 5 CPD sessions from the CPD Programme on offer to support their Performance Management targets and focus on whole school priorities. The usual pattern of INSED days is: Day 1/Day 2 – September – whole school issues Day 3 – November OR January – personalised INSED/department issues and PM target setting Day 4 – April – personalised INSED/department issues
Continued Professional Development (CPD) We arrange a CPD Programme that allows staff to personalise professional development and support performance management, by giving choice. This programme is based on twilight CPD seminars. The programme is aimed at all staff and complements INSED days and is published separately each year. We offer leadership development programmes and coaching experience via the NCSL’s First and Next Steps into Leadership schemes. Each year the school arranges a number of TeachMeet sessions and Teaching and Learning Briefings as part of our meetings structure where we share good practice. We also arrange Subject Leader Conferences for Middle Leaders to allow learning conversations, action research, review of school policy/procedure etc. We also offer professional development in a more informal manner through discussions and organised meetings.
School Based Research The Training School is keen to develop practice through research and members of staff are encouraged to follow their own interests in fields of research.
Stratton Learning Partnership (SLP) This is a Partnership of local schools from the East Beds area that formed to support CPD. This outreach activity is an important element of the Training School’s work. We plan and co-ordinate the programmes based on needs audits. The outreach programme includes access to our twilight seminars and to the expertise of our Specialist leaders in Education. The Programme aims to meet the needs of our whole workforce and is also available to Stratton staff.
Stratton Upper School is proud to be at the heart of our community and we have a long history of supporting our students in achieving their goals. We are committed to nurturing the abilities of every student in order to equip them with the qualifications and personal skills they need to become confident, independent adults and successful citizens of tomorrow.
At Stratton, we set the highest expectations in terms of learning and behaviour, and follow a broadly academic curriculum that includes English, mathematics, science, humanities and languages supplemented with strong provision in the arts and technology. Most students join our thriving Sixth Form, with many progressing to university. However, recognising that some individuals’ abilities lie in other areas, we provide a wealth of opportunities and courses that allow every student to develop and showcase his or her unique talents.
The school promotes a ‘can do’ culture in which everyone is encouraged to strive for excellence. We work in partnership with parents and carers to uphold the traditional values of respect and tolerance, resulting in harmony within our community, where the contribution of every individual is valued.
I warmly invite you to visit the school to experience for yourself its positive atmosphere and the excellent opportunities it offers students.