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Welcome from James Franklin-Smith, CEO of Oak Learning Partnership

I am proud to welcome you to Oak Learning Partnership. We are a recently-established Trust of schools which currently comprises of a primary, secondary and special school in Bury, Greater Manchester.

Our Trust is committed to improving the life chances of children and young people through the delivery of an excellent well-rounded education. At Oak we are passionate about inclusion; this is at the heart of our ethos and is a consistent focus in all our schools. We understand that high-quality teaching and support can transform lives and communities. The business and operational support provided by the central team allows leaders in schools to focus their attention on ensuring teaching is consistently excellent.

Our schools work closely with one another: they collaborate, support each other and share collective systems across both educational and business provisions. But it’s also important to us that each school has individuality. As CEO I have high expectations of our schools, and Trustees set highly-ambitious targets, not putting a ceiling on what our staff and young people can achieve. We understand that leaders need some autonomy to be accountable for performance.

As a Trust we are keen not to over-complicate our approach and we recognize that more often than not, doing the simple things extremely well, consistently, makes the biggest difference to our young people and ensures there is a clarity for all stakeholders.

We are committed to developing partnerships and growing our Trust, making a difference on a wider scale, whilst continuing to build on our current strengths. We will continue to have a strong moral purpose, provide a truly inclusive education and embed our core values of Aspiration, Resilience, and Integrity in everything we do.

If you would like to know more about our Trust, I would warmly welcome you to contact me for more information. 

James Franklin-Smith

James Franklin-Smith

James Franklin-Smith


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