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What you really need to know

We believe in an education which provides excellence for - and from - everyone.

We know that this is best achieved in a school where:

  • the offer is broad, balanced, inclusive, enriching and effective in meeting the needs of all young people;

  • staff and students are supported and challenged to be the best versions of themselves;

  • relationships are positive, well established and healthy;

  • practice is based on evidence and underpinned by the notion that ‘we can always do better’.

We are clear that this supports the development of children and young people (and adults) who are: resilient, courteous, optimistic, hardworking, self-disciplined, enthusiastic and creative.


Who we are

The Dunraven Educational Trust was established in 2016. We believe schools have a moral imperative to create the best educational provision that they can in order to serve the needs of their community effectively, now and in the future. The Trust has primary, secondary and sixth form phases and well established ITT provision as part of a National Teaching School. We are experienced and successful in supporting schools in a range of areas including leadership development, teaching and learning, finance and HR.


What we believe

The Trust has one overarching aim: excellence for and from everyone. This is an expectation for both the children and adults in a school community. It is achieved in a variety of ways according to the context of each school but within the clear framework established by the Trust.

Schools will develop a strategic plan that responds to the Trust’s central aim, values and operating system. A strategy that delivers: strong outcomes, above average progress, a great learning and working environment, a financially viable institution; and an outward facing philosophy.


What we want

We want to create something really special that makes a difference to the largest number of students as possible. We’d like to hear from schools who have the vision to be part of an organisation that shares their values and will enable them to have a larger and lasting impact on the communities they serve. Reducing resources and growing uncertainty locally and nationally can be overcome by working together. We want to work with schools who have something to offer to improve what we do for all of our children and young people, both primary and secondary age.

The Trust has the experience to know what creates success over time: being consistent, insistent and persistent in the promotion of our values and expectations in order to support the development of children and young people who are capable, confident, and cultured. We will work with schools which share our ethos and will add value to the experience of the all children in the Trust’s schools as a result.


How it works

The Trust believes that schools need to be autonomous if they are to be truly effective in serving their community. This means headteachers have the authority to lead and run their school, working with local governing boards, explicitly aligned with and committed to the Trust’s aims, values and practices. There is a clear scheme of delegation. The Trust’s key role is to provide the support and challenge required for the school to deliver and maintain excellence.

The Trust offers value to the school by providing expert support from the centre for: the leadership and delivery of teaching and learning; finance; HR; ICT; estates. It also provides a range of central services, such as financial and management information systems, payroll, IT and larger procurement where it is evident that such services will provide better value in terms of time and cost.


Trust Scheme of Delegation

To find out more, please visit our Trust website, or contact Kylie Burgess, Personal Assistant to the CEO,


Dunraven Educational Trust - Key Personnel

Chief Executive Officer - David Boyle

Chair of the Trust - Helen George

Director of Finance and Operations - Shirley Drane

For further information please email Kylie Burgess, Assistant to the CEO



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