Alpha Trust

Alpha Trust

Welcome from the CEO

We warmly welcome you to the Alpha Trust. We believe that every child in our schools can achieve the highest academic standards whilst enjoying a vibrant, broad and balanced curriculum. We are committed to excellence in all that we do and are unashamedly ambitious for the future success of our students.

Our schools retain their own unique features to meet the needs of the communities which they serve, but we are united in the core purpose of providing an outstanding educational experience which includes a rich and varied extra-curricular programme. The Trust has a proven track record of success and it is a pleasure and privilege to work with like-minded, ambitious professional leaders and Trustees.

We are mutually supportive and financially disciplined with a culture and ethos that benefits from shared expertise and success. We share a morally sound vision with a focus on the individual student. We aim to provide the care and support to enable each individual to flourish.

We are committed to the development of our staff and as a National Teaching School (NEETSA) and provider of Outstanding Initial Teacher Training (CTTC), we are able to offer first class professional development.

It is central to the philosophy of this Trust that our students will learn in an orderly atmosphere, developing the capacity for creative independent thought and the ability to communicate effectively.
Our vision has school improvement at the core of every decision we take to ensure every child is given the opportunity to achieve outstanding outcomes. We believe that the partnership unique to Alpha Trust forms the solid foundation to ensuring this success.


  • Securing the MAT mission, vision and strategy whilst balancing the autonomy of the trust’s individual schools.
  • Building relationships with other MATs and stakeholders, both regionally and nationally.
  • Creating a centre of educational excellence and innovation.
  • Training, recruiting and retaining teachers, leaders and support staff through high quality professional development.
  • Providing outstanding teaching and learning through a broad, well-balanced and personalised curriculum.
  • Ensuring that students of all abilities and different groups of children achieve outstanding outcomes.
  • Establishing a strong work ethic and perseverance, “diligentia et constantia”, so that learning takes place in an orderly, disciplined atmosphere.
Providing the highest quality education for all students to enable them to achieve excellence in public examinations.
  • Providing outstanding pastoral care which nurtures emotional health and wellbeing.
  • Enabling students to cope emotionally, physically and spiritually with the pressures and demands of life.
  • Developing effective, caring individuals who are valued, feel safe and secure, who have compassion and who have respect for social, moral, spiritual and British values in a multi-cultural society.
  • Providing access to the highest quality further education and employment.
  • Requiring that services are delivered efficiently and represent outstanding value for money.


The mission of Alpha Trust is to prepare resilient and responsible citizens and future leaders who are able to compete in a global economy. We have high expectations of our students and staff. We promote ambition and commitment to ensure that students of all abilities achieve outstanding outcomes. We are committed to excellence whilst acting with integrity and compassion and are unashamedly ambitious for the future success of our students.



As a family of schools we are working collaboratively to celebrate and nurture both the similarities and distinctiveness of each school’s ethos and values. We celebrate the uniqueness of all students through outstanding pastoral care, academic challenge and inspirational teaching. Each child is supported to flourish and make a positive contribution to the communities they serve.

We expect  all members of Alpha Trust to respect and model our core values:

  • Integrity and Honesty
  • Compassion
  • Ambition
  • Commitment
  • Respect
  • Resilience
  • Optimism
  • Loyalty
Alpha Trust

Our Schools

Colchester County High School for Girls


The Gilberd School


Manningtree High School