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Welcome from the Principal Team

Northern School Trust is a not-for-profit education charity. It is a well-developed MAT (Multi-Academy Trust) held in high regard by the DFE. Our schools operate in challenging social contexts, with over half of our year 11 students eligible for Pupil Premium funding – double the national average. NST students are also more likely to have entered secondary school at least one level behind their peers.

Our schools aim to increase the number of life choices for our students and their families.

We’re proud that our academies have achieved some strong early results. We’re also proud of the NST team who have worked exceptionally hard to develop an innovative education which enables students not only to succeed academically but also to achieve exceptional life changing opportunities.

Our two start up academies received Good with Outstanding Features at their first Ofsted inspections.

The Trust is proud of its collaborative way of working and is developing into a nationally recognised and trusted academy sponsor with an excellent reputation. The Trust has a wide range of expertise and specialised experience to call upon, having access to the FE, University, private and voluntary sectors as well as partner schools and consultant expertise drawn from across the UK.

The Trust has a central team that provides best value and an efficient service delivery in areas of HR, Finance, Enterprise & Marketing, Governance, Strategic ICT Development, Data and Facilities Management to all NST schools.


About the Northern School Trust

Our Vision: Life changing opportunities through education for every student.

  • Transform opportunities and change life chances of young people.
  • Deliver a target of No NEETs.
  • Work in partnership with learners, their families, communities and businesses to broker aspirations, foster great expectation and achieve ambitious goals.
  • Establish world class schools that are centres of excellence for personal development, leadership, teaching and learning.

NST’s vision is to establish world class, secondary and specialist schools that are centres of excellence for personal development, leadership, teaching and learning. The focus of the Trust is on providing exceptional, life changing opportunities for students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds, many of whom have experienced exceptional levels of economic and social deprivation.

  • Objective 1: Build a strong infrastructure
  • Objective 2: Raise attainment and improve progress
  • Objective 3: Deliver life changing opportunities that lead to no NEETs
  • Objective 4: Ensure strong leadership and governance
  • A unique approach to education with equal commitment to vocational and academic success.
  • An outstanding approach to leadership, governance and sixth form provision.
  • Exceptional pastoral support with extensive enrichment opportunities to broaden the life experiences and opportunities of all students.
  • A place for every child with a personalised learning plan for every student.
  • High quality professional development for all staff.
  • A transformational approach to business and resource management, allowing our teachers and leaders the freedom to focus on the needs of the students.

Working at the Northern Schools Trust is not run of the mill.

As a small multi academy trust with a focus on providing exceptional opportunities for students from a wide range of social and economic backgrounds, we expect a lot from our teams. In return we invest heavily in our people.

We are committed to your professional development. We encourage self-improvement through a challenging working and learning environment. We offer two cross trust CPD conferences per year bringing together education experts with a whole staff team to ensure extensive opportunities to learn from best practice and collaboration. We are equally committed to your well-being. We offer an extensive well-being programme with opportunities at each CPD to invest in your own health and well-being. We appreciate the importance of recognising individual needs and supporting work-life balance. New rewards and benefits schemes are constantly devised to meet the needs of our staff teams.

We bring the best of the public and private sector together to ensure our staff has the opportunities they need to be the most desirable staff in the sector.

We work hard to turn ideas, cross sector innovation and research into a life changing education experience.

We believe in your potential and will work to develop you beyond what you thought possible, no matter your current experience level. You will often find EQTs on functional teams working cross trust with SLT from other schools. Working here means having the freedom to think big, to build projects and work together to make the impossible a reality. We believe that a solid commitment to the basics combined with good organisation allows our staff to be truly creative.

Our staff progress rapidly. Many staff move on to senior positions in other successful schools, however our preference is to grow our own and we run solid cross trust programmes for EQTs and those crossing the UPS threshold to ensure our very best people stay within our organisations. We have an extensive programme of talent management, working opportunities across our schools to ensure you have the experience you need to have the career you want.

Key Benefits:

  • We invest heavily in supporting your development. We run Trust wide CPD programmes bi-annually as well as EQT, UPS Threshold and Middle Leader programmes.
  • We run new, innovative schools giving you the opportunity to progress and develop your career and ideas.
  • As a growing group of academies, career opportunities are available across all of the schools in the Northern Schools Trust – allowing you to develop your experience and expertise in a variety of contexts through secondments and promotions.
  • We provide extensive opportunities for collaborations including a trust-wide Teaching and Learning Forum, both within and outside our trust so you can work with leaders in education.
  • We bring in specialists and experts from within and outside of education, allowing people to concentrate on developing their specialism.
  • We centralise key services to ensure all schools, no matter what size of scale they run at benefit from expertise at all levels.
  • You will be supported every step of the way, with unparalleled line management, performance management, training opportunities and peer-to-peer support.


Why work in Merseyside?

Whether you are a native to Merseyside or looking at relocating, it’s clear that Liverpool and Merseyside as a whole has a lot to offer. A former European Capital of Culture in 2008 it’s evident why.

Here in Liverpool, there is something for everyone to enjoy, whether it’s visiting one of the many museums for a spot of history and culture, to experiencing a taste of the orient – Liverpool has the biggest Chinese arch outside of mainland China!

Here are some other reasons to enjoy our City

  • 2 amazing Cathedrals
  • Amazing parks and gardens
  • 2 top premier league football clubs – both of which are located within walking distance of one of our academies – North Liverpool Academy
  • House prices in the North West are far cheaper than anywhere else in the UK
  • Excellent transport links
  • Top tourist attractions
  • Fantastic range of shopping, restaurants and nightlife

Why not visit to see why Liverpool is great!

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