Minerva Learning Trust

Hi, I’m Bev Matthews, CEO of Minerva Learning Trust.

I am reaching out to all parents and carers of Minerva Learning Trust students to offer you direct insight into the work that our Trust has carried out this year to help improve your child’s educational journey.

At the forefront, the last academic year may be considered less chaotic than the year before. We were able to welcome our students on-site for the full academic year, and we were finally able to re-establish enrichment activities, educational visits, and student performances across all schools. But the ongoing effects of Covid-19 are still prevalent and present in our community and have served many challenges this year.

Throughout it all, we have continued to strive to achieve our goals and continue to work hard to secure an outstanding educational provision in all our schools so that our children and young people are happy, cared for, want to learn, and succeed, and grow.

We have strengthened our Central team by bringing on board an Executive Director of Education and a Director of Primary who will be working with our school leaders to truly enhance the quality of our education provision.

We have recruited school counsellors to support healthy minds and assist our students with any stress or mental health issues that they may be facing. We have also invested heavily in additional staff for pastoral and special educational needs.

Our Estates teams have been working hard to improve the facilities across our schools with building works and classroom refurbishments designed to enhance learning and ensure all our students have warm, comfortable, and safe learning environments. These improvements are going to continue well into the new year, and I am delighted to announce that we will be investing £2.5 million into our estates and facilities in the upcoming academic year.

A portion of these funds will go towards our exciting expansion at Chapeltown Academy. The new facilities, consisting of an engineering workshop, classrooms, offices, and a conference room has been developed to improve the quality of the provision and bring further opportunities for our young people by offering them a high-quality post-16 education in the local area.

And finally, Over the past three months, we have welcomed Ofsted inspectors to three of our schools. The inspectors saw the incredible hard work that is going on in our schools and as a result, awarded each school with glowing, highly complementary reports that are available on their school websites. We are not complacent and will take into account the inspectors’ comments about how we could further improve. These comments will be used as guidance to ensure our schools continue to improve for the sake of our students and communities.

We are proud of all our schools. The staff and students have demonstrated strength, resilience, and spirit this year.

Now that the restrictions of the Covid-19 pandemic are more relaxed, we also hope to welcome you to the school grounds for face-to-face contact soon.

Best wishes,

Bev Matthews

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