Vantage Academy Trust

Our mission is to support and encourage the work of academies in our Trust through the excellent education of children and young people.

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Vantage Academy Trust is a family of values-led primary schools in Bolton, Manchester and Knowsley. It grew out of SS Simon and Jude Church of England Primary School in Bolton, which converted to academy status in 2012, and now has a total of nine schools.

Their aim is to ensure that all children have the opportunities they deserve to thrive as learners and, ultimately, as global citizens. The trust's role is to enable the schools to share best practice and benefit from economies of scale, while allowing them to maintain their individual distinctiveness.

Staff and management have a vocation to help the less advantaged. Senior leaders work hard to provide additional opportunities for personal growth and to aid staff and pupils in their own spiritual journey. Leaders support local causes and go above and beyond to deliver events and support sessions for parents and carers, ensuring that the schools are at the heart of their communities.

The trust has mastered the use of technology to ease the impact of Covid-19 on schools and pupils. Staff meetings have been held online and a questions@ mailbox set up to give all employees a direct link to senior leaders. Assemblies are streamed online, and new pupils have been offered virtual tours of their schools to help them settle in.

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My Manager

88% of staff agreed

I have confidence in the leadership skills of my manager

During the pandemic, managers were given the opportunity to extend their skills. The trust's Over the Rainbow Recovery Curriculum prompted staff to consider their own wellbeing as well as developing their professional practice. All leaders obtained a mental health first aid qualification during the first wave of the coronavirus.

Fair Deal

64% of staff agreed

I feel I receive fair pay for the responsibilities I have in my job

The trust introduced a new Vantage Plus benefits package after seeking staff feedback at the start of the pandemic. It includes a range of free wellbeing tools, such as counselling, menopause support and health checks, plus additional benefits such as dental plans for longer-serving staff.

Giving Something Back

79% of staff agreed

This organisation is keen to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds

The schools consistently support their local areas through charitable and community initiatives. One pupil led a fundraising campaign that collected £60,000 for the funerals of Covid-19 victims. Other pupils supported local residents during the pandemic with gifts and letters and helped churches to supply food parcels.

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Women in Senior Management

At least 40% of senior managers are women.

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