About the Trust

The Shaw Education Trust (SET) is based in Staffordshire, and leads and manages a number of academies across the West Midlands and the North West. Sponsored by The Shaw Trust, a charity helping to transform the lives of young people and adults across the UK and internationally, SET was set up in June 2014 and became a Department for Education-approved sponsor in June 2018.

SET currently manages a family of 11 schools, which cover the full age and ability range from early years to post-16 provision. These schools support each other’s successes and promote consistently high standards across the family. The family includes two primary schools (Seabridge and Meadows), four special schools (Blackfriars, Coppice, Saxon Hill and Walton Hall Academies), five mainstream secondary schools (Castlebrook High School, Great Barr Academy, The Madeley School, The Westleigh School and Wolstanton High School). The Trust also incorporates the Keele and North Staffordshire Primary SCITT and Research School, and the Blackfriars Teaching School Alliance, which ensures a supply of highly trained teachers for its schools and the region.

The Shaw Education Trust’s vision is of a society in which:

  • everyone has the opportunity to excel, to gain employment and to be independent 
  • high aspirations and high achievement are the norm
  • low expectations for marginalised young people are challenged
  • barriers to success are removed by high-quality education and training.

The Trust is committed to driving up educational standards for all its children. Its schools set challenging individual targets for pupils based on exceeding local and national expectations. Its ambition is for all SET pupils to leave school as highly capable, confident and content young people with a passion for lifelong learning.

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