Dewsbury Learning Trust
At Westborough we are really excited by our Foundation School status. We have forged close relationships with our partners and are explore ways to impact on our young people and community in a positive way. You can see who our partners are below:
Westborough became a Trust School in 2010. In doing so the school changed in a number of ways. Some interesting facts and information about our Trust Status are given below:
What is a Trust School?
Trust status brings together Westborough with our partners The University of Huddersfield, Kirklees College and Kirklees Council to form a ‘Partnership of Strengths’.
Are there any fundamental changes to the way the school operates?
- The trust provides the school with charitable status and the trust will not make a profit; instead investing fully in the education of our young people and community.
- The governing body includes members from our trust partners.
- The trust partners do not make financial contributions to Westborough but instead benefit the school by the sharing of expertise.
- We are able to set our own admissions criteria (in accordance with the admissions code).
- We employ our own staff.
- We have responsibility for our school land and buildings.
- We choose which partners to work with, for example businesses, business foundations, colleges, universities or community groups
What are the benefits?
- Our trust partners all have an interest in the development and education of the wider community which mirrors Westborough’s vision and aims.
- Westborough enjoys more flexibility – We are able to set our own admissions criteria (in accordance with the admissions code), employ our own staff and have responsibility for our school land and buildings.
- We are better able to support children and young people’s all-round development, helping to tackle issues of deprivation and social exclusion
- We are better placed to develop new and existing long-term partnerships.
- We gain access to the experience and expertise of our partners.
- We benefit from strengthened governance and leadership skills.
A trust school is not:
- An academy.
- A grant maintained school.
- An independent school.
- Involved in an admissions ‘free-for-all’.
- Funded differently from community schools.
- Run by businesses.
- Separated from the local authority .
- Able to avoid local authority reorganisation plans.