Welcome to Twyford Academies Trust

Alice Hudson

I am delighted to welcome you to the Trust's new website.

Twyford Church of England Academies Trust is a multi-academy trust based in west London and affiliated to the London Diocesan Board for Schools.

Trust schools share the same ethos which we call the 10:10 ethic - based on the Gospel of John chapter 10 verse 10 - 'I have come that you might have life and have it to the full'. But each school also has a distinctive character of its own.

We aim to make the very most of every student. We do this by providing an education that is both challenging and fulfilling. We offer a full educational diet; not only in the formal curriculum, but also in a wide range of available extra-curricular activities.

School life at Trust schools is full of opportunities for students to learn. We encourage them to grow as individuals and we have a strong sense of community. We expect students to do their best for their own sake and for the sake of others. Most importantly in a faith school, we believe that all of our lives are given and governed by God.

I hope you find this website informative. If you want to know something about the Trust but you can't find on the site please do get in touch with us through the Contact us page.

Ms Alice Hudson MA (Oxon), Executive Head Teacher

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History

Twyford Church of England Academies Trust was set up in October 2011 in order to allow the Diocese to use the strengths built up at Twyford CofE High School to be developed beyond a single school. The aim of the Trust is to deliver outstanding educational standards in a secure Christian setting. Our strategy is to take the distinctive features of Twyford CofE High School which are fundamental to its success as a school and distil these as principles which inform the Trusts key operations.

Twyford CofE High School was originally set up by the London Diocesan Board for schools in 1981 and is one of a family of 13 LDBS secondary schools within the city. The school opened as the result of a concerted campaign by local parents and has grown stronger and stronger over its 30 year life. It was rated by Osfted in its most recent inspection as ‘Outstanding’ overall and has a considerable reputation within the Diocese and the local area. The school has also grown in size during this time with a particular increase at Post-16. There are now 944 students in years 7 -11 and 511 in the 6th Form.

The Trust has opened a second school in September 2013, William Perkin CofE High School, with its first cohort of 180 year 7 students.

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Community

The Trust’s Christian ethos encourages students to have a strong sense of community – both in relation to the school and in the area of wider social concern. All sixth from students are encouraged to undertake some form of community service either within school or in the wider community. Effective recent examples have been involvement in a soup kitchen at a local church and running language clubs at a feeder primary school.

Although the community is an inclusive one, its Christian identity is very clear. There is an active chaplaincy with a full-time chaplain who orchestrates the worship life of the school. All assemblies, though taken by a range of staff, are framed by a short Christian liturgy which is led by students. Similarly there are brief daily tutor-time reflections prepared by the chaplaincy for staff to utilise using form chaplaincy reps.

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Ethos and vision

The Trust’s motto speaks of ‘fullness’ and this strongly informs our ethos. We reinforce this using a phrase attributed to St Irenaeus ‘The glory of God is a life which is lived to the full’. The Trust is very clear in its expectation that every student knows and appreciates their own gifts and those of others and makes it his or her business to use these gifts for the good of the wider community.

A mechanism for driving this is the House system which exists throughout Trust schools and works vertically - grouping the whole school into seven multi age communities. This complements and contrasts with the pastoral system which works horizontally. The house system works predominantly on the principal of student leadership, giving students at all ages opportunities to hold roles of responsibility in Music, Sport, Enterprise or on year and school councils.

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