Our 10 Year Approach

The Evolve Trust offers high quality teaching and learning. Sadly, there still remains too many schools with thousands of pupils who are not receiving the level of teaching and learning they deserve.

The Trust aims to have up to ten schools in Mansfield and the surrounding area. This will include primary, secondary and special schools. Given the collaborative model of the Trust, a maximum of 1 hour travelling time between academies within the hub has been identified. The Trust intends to grow through the sponsorship of under-performing schools and The Trust has no current plans to expand outside of the region.

The expanding MAT of this size will inspire greater collaboration and innovation, built on current good practice.

When a school is proposed to be part of our MAT we consider:

  • Moral obligation
  • Size of school. Any new school joining the Trust will need to be single form entry and above.
  • Financial position of school
  • Distance between schools
  • Ofsted category of the school

However, our moral obligation to raise standards and address under-performance remains the overriding consideration.

Our intention and ambition is to create a network of outstanding schools that thrive through collaboration and interaction.

We feel a sense of responsibility and obligation to expand. We will only expand when we have the capacity to do so. It is the responsibility of the Trust to build capacity as it develops.

Our Trust will serve a range of communities including those with high levels of deprivation.

What we won’t do...

  • Put competition before collaboration.
  • Nor do anything that would be detrimental to any young person, staff or school in a neighbouring community.


Our 5 Year Priorities

  1. To raise attainment and improve progress through increasing the quality of provision in all our schools. 
  2. Staff to engage in professional development activities that enable them to flourish and demonstrate impact on teaching and learning.
  3. Develop new partnerships and embed collaboration across the trust.
  4. To build a strong infrastructure which is financially viable and sustainable


Underpinned by: