More and more schools are working with a wide range of partners, such as businesses, universities, charities, the voluntary sector and other schools, as a way of raising standards. By harnessing the expertise of these partners, schools can offer pupils a wider range of opportunities, helping to raise attainment and ensuring that every child has the chance to reach their potential.
Trust schools are state-funded foundation schools which receive extra support (usually non-monetary) from a charitable trust made up of partners working together for the benefit of the school.
Achieving trust status is one way in which maintained schools can formalise their relationship with their partners. Trust status can help schools ensure that their partners are committed to the success of the school for the long term, helping to shape its strategic vision and ethos.
Any maintained school – primary, secondary or special schools (but not maintained nursery schools) – can become a trust school. Trust schools remain local authority-maintained.
Trust status will help schools to
Advice regarding trust schools is available from the 'Foundation and trust proposals' page of the School Organisation website.