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At the heart of local communities

At Vantage Academy Trust, we are very proud of our values-led ethos and community spirit. Our schools are at the heart of their communities and welcome new connections with local volunteers, charities and businesses, to create long-lasting relationships for the benefit of our pupils.

There are many ways in which people can get involved, as volunteers, members of school PTA and PCTA groups, as school ambassadors, sponsors and, representatives on Local Advisory Boards, which are the governance function of our academies.

‘Governors understand the challenges facing the local community and the priorities for the future of the school. They share the same passion and commitment seen from all who work at the school. They provide highly effective support and challenge and they themselves are held to account by the trustees… [pupils] are extremely proud of their school and of the community in which they live.’

- St James' Ofsted Report, 2018

Governance at Vantage

We are always on the look out for committed and energetic volunteers to get involved in supporting schools; governance is one of the key ways local individuals can make a lasting impact on the whole school. 

Governors are the largest group of volunteers in the country, and an exciting and rewarding community to become a part of. They bring their own unique skill set to the Local Advisory Boards, where they are representatives either of the parent body, the school staff, the Diocese, or a co-opted member of the community, for example, from a local business – you can find out more here.

Our Board of Trustees are selected to govern the Trust, taking responsibility for overall performance and compliance, due to their own particular professional expertise, which ensures that the skill-set of the board is wide-ranging enough to provide accountability and strategic leadership to Trust executives. 

How to get involved

The essential skills to becoming an effective representative on the school LAB:

Have the time to attend usually five meetings over the year, and make visits to the school in order to support events and meet the community. 

. Be able to apply your own perspective, knowledge and experience to governance discussions. 

. Feel confident to provide both support and challenge to school leaders to inform school strategy.

Representatives must be over eighteen but need have no formal qualifications to apply; we want to see a diverse mix of perspectives in the governance of our schools and we provide training to all new joiners.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a representative on one of our school’s Local Advisory Boards, or register an interest in becoming a Trustee, please contact our Governance Lead, Karen Haines, who will be happy to help:


‘[Being part of Vantage Academy Trust means that], after taking over a school in severe difficulties, we had a structured plan that has allowed us to make immediate improvements and our first year of performance has outstripped anything we could have imagined.’

- Jane Murphy, Principal at St Augustine's CE Primary School

‘The benefits of joining Vantage Academy Trust for St Barnabas are that we have shared expertise, experience that we can tap into, we've got a support network and can focus entirely on teaching and learning and raising standards for our children.’

- Charmain May, Principal at St Barnabas CE Primary School

‘…the sponsorship of a multi-academy trust enhances the quality of teaching, learning and leadership at the school. The executive principal, for example, has been able to provide promotional opportunities for a number of teachers and teaching assistants; consequently, retaining high calibre staff and developing leadership capacity.’

- SS Simon and Jude CE Primary, Ofsted Report, 2016

"Despite being open for only a few weeks and based in temporary building, leaders have established a school that already has a sense of belonging, community and purpose."

- Department of Education Progress Visit, Gorton Primary, 2018

"The trustees have worked very effectively with school leaders, supporting them in their endeavours to bring about the substantial improvements made since joining the trust in March 2015"

- Ofsted Inspection, St James’, 2018

"…the multi-academy trust provide[d] advice and support after the previous inspection when the school was judged to require improvement. Now Knowsley Lane is able to support other schools because of the progress it has made and the superb quality of education it provides."

- Knowsley Lane, Ofsted Report, 2019