Become an Avanti Academy

Since our first school opened in 2008, Avanti Schools Trust has grown in a considered and gradual way. Now, we are a family of 10 schools across the UK, serving over 4,500 children and young people and 450 staff.  We are always interested to talk to schools, an MATs that share our vision and values to join the Avanti family.

Avanti exists to help each person become a well-rounded human being through intellectual, moral and spiritual growth, and so make the world a better place. Whether you are part of an outstanding school striving to serve your community better, or a school searching for a sponsor to secure on school improvement, our goal is to work with you to transform the life of young people.

The Trust has established 7 successful schools with 3 in the pre-opening and 3 sponsored projects. The established schools include 5 primary schools and 2 secondary schools currently educating over 3,000 learners aged 3-18. At their last Ofsted inspection in the Trust, all schools were rated ‘good’ overall and demonstrated significant strengths in aspects of their work, with behaviour, SMSC and well-being of pupils recognised as ‘outstanding’.

The performance data shows that our learners achieve high standard and the majority make good and better progress from their starting points. Overall standards in our schools continue to remain high.

Advantages of being part of Avanti

Central Team

The AST corporate centre team includes a mix of senior educationalists (including former LA education directors, academics, HMI and highly successful head teachers), finance, risk, business, HR and strategy experts. This mix gives us a real depth of expertise and will enable us to ensure that not only our own schools, but also others in the locality, benefit. Our schools work well together as the Avanti family and are also part of the clusters of local schools, and LA professional networks. This helps ensure the sharing of best practice, physical resources, and, of vision.

School Improvement

Staff Wellbeing 

Avanti schools place key value on the wellbeing and development of staff. The Trust organise an annual wellbeing retreat, giving the opportunity for all staff to experience a wellbeing retreat at no-cost. This supports the staff to feel nourished and enthused to be part of Avanti. Our schools also offer yoga sessions for staff to support their mental and physical wellbeing and as part of the annual CPD programme, several sessions are dedicated to staff wellbeing, where external speakers will come to share insight on wellbeing with staff, giving them the tools to use in their daily life, inside and outside of Avanti.

The Avanti Community

Avanti is committed to meaningful, thorough and on-going community engagement and consultation with the local stakeholders it serves.

Our schools become hubs of activity for the local community. The key is often being able to draw the community into the school (through various events and projects) but also to be seen working in the community. Our secondary students are often seen volunteering at community‐based activities or putting on activities for the wider community. Our track record for community engagement includes:

  • Raising millions of pounds for new facilities such as a Performing Arts and Community Centre.
  • Developing flourishing PTAs across the schools.
  • Engaging volunteers from students, parents and locals in school and community projects.
  • Providing courses for the community in Dance, Drama, Mindfulness and Yoga.
  • Hosting self‐development, sports and children’s weekend and holiday activities.
  • Arranging regular parental and community evening events.

Parents, pupils, staff and visitors often comment on the “family feel” of the schools and community, where parents and staff work together to develop successful schools and thriving communities.

Central Support

The provision of centralised and area-level support functions is designed to empower school leaders with more time to focus on the core responsibilities of teaching, learning and standards. Benefits sought from the development of these functions include:

Empowering school leaders to focus on their core business of teaching and learning;

  • De-risking (e.g. ensuring consistent application of statutory policies and processes across the Trust).
  • Sharing and promoting best practice amongst groups of schools.
  • A higher level and breadth of quality and expertise than that which could be sourced by individual schools.
  • Financial, resource and knowledge economies of scale.

How to join?

If you are interested in having a conversation about joining Avanti Schools Trust, please contact Mike Ion: [email protected] Please include your school’s name, address and contact details for your Headteacher/Principal.