About Us

As a trust, we were founded by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, more commonly known as the Royal Society of Arts or the RSA. The RSA has a history of developing ideas and projects to improve people’s lives, and our vision of ‘social justice through exceptional schools’ aligns closely with the social justice mission of the RSA. All of our schools are improving in reputation, popularity and quality of education.

Whilst we are now an DfE approved academy sponsor, recognising the collective strength of our trust and schools, we retain a strong partnership with our founding organisation, and continue to have a majority of trustees and governors who are RSA Fellows, and we retain many programmes and partnerships from the original sponsorship, which is no longer needed on a formal basis. We have a strong school improvement force and now sponsor, in collaboration with the Dfe and Regional Schools Commissioner, schools that will benefit from our structural, formal support.

Our trust aims to influence the practice of our schools through the collaborative knowledge sharing we expect through our school improvement model and co-design structures. We are outward-facing, sharing and learning from internal and external partners. Central Professional Learning, Research and Development (CPL,R&D) ensures the development of all employees at all levels of the organisation. We have developed excellence in central services, such as finance, HR, estates, which make a huge difference to our schools, not least by embarking Principals and staff to focus on delivery of excellence in teaching and learning. Teach Central, as part of CPL,R&D, recruits and trains new teachers to the profession with a high level of success.

This changing relationship with The RSA provides us with an excellent opportunity to build both on our sound reputation as a sponsor of schools in our own right and our excellent track record in improvement of educational outcomes, whilst continuing to foster the strong partnership we have with the RSA.

We hope this website gives an insight into our excellent schools, and the trust as a whole. It is however only a website – to talk to us or come and visit us or our schools and if any aspect of our work is of interest to you please contact us on info@centralrsaacademies.co.uk