About GEMS Learning Trust

Mission statement

The goal of the GEMS Learning Trust is to create hubs of excellence within which our schools can support and challenge not only other Trust schools but also schools in our locality.

We differentiate ourselves from other academy trusts by:

  • Offering our children and their families an extended school day and wraparound care
  • A ‘flat’ leadership structure in which we grow talent and expertise at the school not the trust level
  • Quality assurance of provision – we support and challenge our leaders and teachers on all aspects of teaching, learning,  assessment, school environment and behaviour by providing rigorous performance management and extensive support for each principal
  • Peer-to-peer support for principals to exchange best practice; collaborating when and how they determine useful
  • Development opportunities at school level to build sustainable capacity for continuous improvement within and beyond the network
  • A framework for schools, each with its own principal who has the autonomy to develop their school
  • A board of directors with educational expertise in finance, HR, admissions, branding, H&S, buildings and recruitment
  • An influential role for leadership and teaching in a progressive, growing organisation; forming hubs, collaborative relationships and local partnerships

Our values – what we stand for

Our distinctive values differentiate the GEMS Learning Trust. They are based on the four core values of GEMS Education:

Leading through innovation

This means we:

· Fearlessly try new ways of teaching and learning, and adopt the best

· Have the courage to change in the best interests of young people

· Offer an innovative provision using inspired teaching to explore the world

· Explore exciting advances in science and technology, and how they impact on us


Pursuing excellence

This means we:

· Have an uncompromising belief that anyone and everyone can succeed

· Have an ambition to exceed expectations

· Offer rigorous leadership of education, financial systems and safety

· Cherish individuals to promote the well-being of everyone

· Create a curriculum that is rich and enriched, varied, responsive to local needs

· Focus on enriching children’s lives

Growing by learning

This means we:

· Develop an appetite to learn, an appetite to be a global citizen

· Build confidence for modern life

· Grow happy, confident, rounded, balanced children

· Ensure every child regards themselves as a success

· We improve by learning from the things that we try

· Support, share and coach each other so that we can be even better

· Expect openness and receptiveness, honesty, self-awareness

· Making magic enjoyable moments to make the most of precious but fleeting years

Global Citizenship

This means we:

· Instil compassion, respect, awareness and tolerance and respect for other people

· Challenge stereotypes, preconceptions and prejudice

· Bring the ever shrinking world into the classroom

· See ourselves and our culture in a global context

· Hold global conversations and local dialogues

· Prepare our children for a global world