It started with our belief in high quality and dynamic education for everyone, right in the heart of our community. That desire has grown into Arden Multi-Academy Trust (AMAT).
The Trust was formed in April 2015 with a clear vision to generate self-belief, self-worth, esteem and confidence in young people who can then display ambition and aspiration in achieving high educational outcomes.
Arden Multi Academy Trust started life when Arden, an outstandingly successful and innovative school who was asked to support Park Hall Academy in the north of Solihull in 2009. This was a ‘light touch’ relationship and, following the academy moving into special measures in November 2013, Arden took over the governance, leadership and management of Park Hall. This new relationship saw the creation of Arden Multi-Academy Trust (AMAT). Joint working in a spirit of enthusiastic partnership has seen Park Hall develop into an Academy which is now the first choice North Solihull oversubscribed secondary school. Park Hall moved out of 'Special Measures' in September 2015 and was classified in November 2017 as good by Ofsted. In January 2018 Lode Heath School, a popular secondary school in Solihull, also became part of the Trust.
Arden Academy is now designated as a Teaching School and we also lead the increasingly popular Arden Teaching Alliance which currently consists of five Primary and five Secondary partner schools. This ensures that we help recruit, retain and develop our workforce across both teaching and support staff. The Trust also works closely with the new Solihull Academy APU Free School which adds a further dimension to our provision.
As a Trust we truly value the success of every child and we place the sharing of excellent education practice at the core of this value. We are committed to improving the quality of education and life in Solihull and its immediate surroundings. The Trust operates from its hub in Knowle, South Solihull.
As a Trust we are committed to maintaining our core principles and focus as we grow; working with schools where we believe we can help and who, in turn, can enrich and provide real benefit for the existing Arden Multi Academy Trust family.
Our academies have common values and core operational systems, which are applied locally, adapted to individual context and needs. By this simple expedient each academy retains its own local governing body, identity and individuality. The young adults who leave our care are prepared for the next stage of their education and are ready and confident to move forward in life.