In recognition of our innovative and impactful leadership practice, Professional Growth package for staff and the Character Arts Foundation, the City Learning Trust was awarded Education Today’s Outstanding Multi-Academy Trust of the Year Award.

Our Professional Growth package is completely personalised to each colleague, and is aligned with professional standards, appraisal and priorities. As well as professional learning, the package includes access to an extensive benefits package to reinforce holistic growth of the individual, including support for mental health and emotional well-being. You can read more about this here.

Our CEO’s determination to provide life-affirming and life-changing experiences for the children of Stoke, led to the creation of our Character and Arts Foundation. Funded exclusively by a multi-million-pound donation, the Character and Arts Foundation provides an opportunity to learn from, and be proud of, our collective past through our Heritage and History strands while shaping futures through Performing and Expressive Arts, Sustainability and Enterprise. Find out more about the Foundation here.

Our innovative leadership programme, which focuses on fostering talent from within our family, has led to all four schools within the Trust being graded at least Good in their latest Ofsted inspections. Trentham Academy is Good with Outstanding features (including Leadership and Management) and Mill Hill Primary Academy has now been graded as Outstanding in all areas. You can read all about our family of schools here.

United by our values,
we place children and
young people first
in everything we do.

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"It is my absolute pleasure to welcome you to the City Learning Trust. Since 2014, we have worked together as a partnership of academies, proud to serve our children and young people across the city of Stoke-on-Trent.

Nelson Mandela once commented that, ‘there can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children’.

We hold to this statement with every decision that we make across the City Learning Trust. We are committed to giving everything, everyday so that our children can be the best that they can be."

Carl Ward
Chief Executive Officer