Swift Academies gained approval to become a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) on the 1st September 2017 following a successful application to the Secretary of State for Education to become a sponsor academy from the Governing Body of Hurworth School.
The aim of the Swift Academies is to build, strengthen and expand our Trust across the North of England, by incorporating good and outstanding schools into our family of academies and acting as a sponsor for other primary and secondary academies, aiming to help them improve their standards and performance.
The vision of Swift Academies Trust Board is that each child experiences excellence with care every day. The Trust is founded on deeply held principles that every child has the right to a first-class education. In addition to the Trust Board, each academy has its own Local Governing Body who take a key role in driving forward achievement and progress within each academy.
The overall purpose of the Trust is to strengthen provision across all academies within it; the Trust will do this by providing strategic leadership for all academies through its inclusive ethos and vision and providing strong governance and high-quality teaching and learning to ensure students are ready to progress to the next stage of their education, employment or training.
The vision of SWIFT (Success, Will, Inspire, Future, Triumphs) Academies is that each child experiences excellence with care every day. The Trust is founded on deeply held principles that every child has the right to a first class education and in order to achieve this we are committed to:
1. Provide a curriculum which:
- Interests and motivates, both through its content and its range of Teaching & Learning styles;
- Enables students to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills upon which they can build according to their interests and abilities;
- Allows students to make progress at a challenging pace and which also provides for the development of special aptitudes;
- In addition to fulfilling national requirements, will also meet the broader needs of our children in an ever changing world.
2. The provision and maintenance of an environment in which ALL students can achieve success, and where all students are valued and respected and extend the same value to others.
3. The development of a concept of learning as a desirable, life-long and enjoyable process.
The aims are further divided into the following:
To teach students: develop lively and enquiring minds; learn in a range of contexts; be literate and numerate; think and reason clearly; develop independence of thought and action; observe carefully; discriminate intelligently; make rational judgements; stimulate and sustain curiosity.
To teach students to: develop a healthy body; grow in confidence; develop body control; develop skills and awareness of how to maintain and improve personal health.
To encourage a response to beauty and form and develop a sense of awe and wonder.
To help students develop emotional stability and maturity through their experiences.
To enable students to establish a broad basis on which they can make judgements concerning their own conduct and relationships.
To develop spiritual awareness and understanding.
To promote: self-knowledge and the ability to respond to strengths and address weaknesses; the opportunity for students to recognize their own progress and set targets for further learning.
To develop a sense of responsibility of self and the community; to encourage tolerance; sympathy and understanding of others; to produce members of society capable of performing useful adult life-roles, with the ability to change society for the better.