Horizon Academy Trust



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School Improvement 

Our approach

At Horizon Academy Trust, improvement is seen as a collective responsibility and our strong systems and structures support all our academies and those that join us.

Our approach to school improvement is based upon a shared vision and values centered around an exceptional education for every child.

We work with academies at the different stages of their journey of continual self-improvement. Whether at leadership or classroom level, different strategies will be needed to ensure our children achieve at the highest level in all areas of school life.


School Improvement at Horizon Academy Trust

Our school improvement drives exceptional learning forward, involving all leaders through a culture of mutual trust and candour. The school improvement team is committed to supporting schools to maintain high standards and provide the best possible provision for all learners.


Building strong learning communities

Across the Trust, we develop and share effective strategies that work in the classroom through a network of outstanding teachers and leaders. Subject specific expertise and pedagogical understanding is developed through a range of collaborative approaches. We use an evidence-based approach to school improvement capitalising on relevant research to sustain and improve a high-quality education.

Our improvement offer includes:

  • Rigorous, internal quality assurance systems, which includes at least 3 site visits per year
  • Clear career pathways from ITT to Executive Leadership
  • Headteacher Performance Management Process
  • Enhancing expertise of headteachers through the leadership of Trust projects
  • System leadership and school to school support through identified trust experts
  • Development of coaching culture, through trust-wide coaching projects including external expertise
  • Expert external moderation to verify standards, including one full day school review
  • Headteacher partnership board meetings to involve and engage headteachers as partners. This includes up to 6 meetings per year
  • Responsive expertise to support wellbeing and reflective practices, including a trust well-being charter
  • High quality, evidence-based CPLD linked with Vantage Teaching School.
  • Horizon SEND support with specialist and targeted SENCO support for all academies


Our Trust Leads

Trust Experts (ID 1207)

  • Andy Rhodes
    School Improvement Lead
  • Elena Luscombe
    English (including Phonics)
  • Stuart Clark
    Leader of Learning
  • Hannah Chamberlain
  • Emma Newlove
  • Teresa Knight
    Safeguarding & GDPR
  • Julie Shortman
    English and Writing
  • Mike Rankin
  • Jill Brookes
  • Gareth Troake
  • Jo Davis
  • Sara Cooper- Bulless
    Curriculum IT