White Hill Schools Trust (WHST) was established in September 2015. We started with two schools - Chesham Grammar School, an outstanding co-educational 11 - 18 grammar school with over 1200 students and Ivingswood Academy, a 2 - 11 sponsored community primary school for over 200 children. From May 2018 we were joined by Waterside Primary Academy, a 3-11 sponsored primary school.
Vision and aims
At White Hill Schools Trust we aspire to excellence in everything we do. Our vision is clear: to raise standards for all children, whatever phase or type of school they are in so that their outcomes and life chances are as good as they possibly can be.
We also seek to develop responsible young people who are: honest, trustworthy, tolerant, polite and compassionate as well as resilient, determined, responsible risk takers, able to work equally well alone as with others.
Our vision is to provide an excellent education for children in Chesham and the local area. Collaboration and joint working with other schools will ensure that good practice is shared and that all schools benefit from each other's strengths.
Because we recognise that each school has its own unique characteristics, we seek to create a community of schools which ensures each school has an appropriate level of autonomy so that senior leaders can focus their time and energy on ensuring that what goes on in the classroom, day in, day out, meets the needs of that school's children and is as good as it can be.
Each school in WHST exists in the context of, and to serve, its local community, In reflection of this, we ensure that each school plays its part by creating mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships within the wider community. As the MAT grows there will be greater opportunities to support the local community as a whole.
We are determined to operate as efficiently as possible, seeking value for money and savings through economies of scale in all that we do. Our aim is to provide schools with access to high quality centralised services so that as much of each school's resources as possible can be directed towards and focused on teaching and learning.