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A case study of a successful Trust School

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While everyone is talking about academies, much less is spoken about Trust Schools, also introduced under the last government. Abid Butt explains why his school – Lyndon School in Solihull – has embraced Trust School status.

During the latter part of the last decade, at a time when secondary school specialisms were all the rage, Lyndon School in Solihull; having already established itself as a humanities college, began to explore its strategic aim of becoming a Foundation School with a Trust.

Whereas, going for academy status was seen to be totally inappropriate, the rationale for Lyndon pursuing an application for Foundation status was underpinned by a corporate commitment of having an outward-looking approach to community cohesion. At the heart of the model was the single desire to raise the aspirations of the students and community, particularly those from working class backgrounds.

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