A family of Catholic schools, inspired by Jesus, to love learn and achieve.
Strategic Plan 2020 -2023
Welcome to Romero Catholic Academy Trust. We are one of three multi academy trusts established by the Catholic Diocese of Salford. We serve the schools in the north of the diocese which includes diocesan schools within the local authorities of Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Calderdale.
As a Catholic academy trust, our first duty is to maintain and develop our schools as living faith communities inspired by the gospel. However, each will brings its own individual context, character and ethos and we welcome and celebrate this uniqueness.
The trust includes some schools with directive academy orders but most are voluntary convertors who have taken the decision to become an academy. However, all are inspired to work more closely within our family of schools to achieve the best outcomes for our pupils and to support, and gain support, from each other. Our shared outlook is reflected in share policies, where appropriate.
Effective governance lies at the heart of our trust. The professional board of directors, with a wide and relevant skill set and who are approved by the bishop, support and challenge our schools. In addition, local governing bodies play a highly important role providing scrutiny and decision-making at an individual school level. However, fundamental to the success of our schools are the headteachers and their staff. We believe that headteachers are central to thriving and successful schools. Our role is to support and challenge and provide the resources for this to happen.
It is through our central team that the main support for schools is provided. With the CEO, there is a finance officer, school improvement lead, HR support and policy development. We also have strategic partnerships with legal support, payroll and recruitment as well as strong links with the diocese.
Vision and Values
Romero Catholic Academy Trust is a family of Catholic schools serving the needs of children and young people in the Diocese of Salford, covering the areas of Lancashire, Blackburn with Darwen and Calderdale. Responding to the challenge of our patron saint we; ‘aspire not to have more, but to be more.’
To achieve this, we will uphold four key values:
Faith: to nurture our belief in God
Service: to live out the responsibilities of our faith by serving others
Aspiration: to aspire to fulfil the potential of each individual, created uniquely in the image of God
Collaboration: to work collaboratively; sharing and fostering the strengths and expertise of all.
• Inspired by the vision of Bishop John, we will provide an authentic passing-on of our Catholic faith.
• Our schools will be nurtured by the Word of God.
• Our pupils will come to an understanding of what it means to be loved by God and the responsibilities that come from loving God.
• Our schools are worshipping communities characterised by vibrant liturgy and prayer.
• We will always act in the service of the pupils in our care.
• In our schools we will educate our children to be the next generation of the stewards of God’s creation.
• We embrace Catholic social teaching and work for the Common Good with a preferential option for the poor.
• We are outward facing, acknowledge our place in the wider educational system and accept our civic responsibility.
• We will work to fulfil the potential of each member of our community by providing an education that develops the whole person, including high quality Religious Education.
• Our schools will have a relentless focus on achievement. The quality of education in our schools will be ‘at least as academically distinguished as that in the other schools of the area.’ (Can. 806.2)
• Every member of our community will be provided with the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to succeed in school and in the next stage of their lives.
• Through high quality and relevant continuing professional development, we will invest in our staff.
• Decision making will weigh up the Common Good and be made in a timely way.
• We will always focus on the solution to a problem.
• A spirit of solidarity leads us to accept a shared responsibility for all.
• We recognise the concept of subsidiarity; that decisions will be made as locally as possible.
• Improvements across our family of schools will be secured by utilising the skills and experience in the trust
• Wherever possible, we will take care to involve and inform people in decision making.
• We believe in the importance of open, honest and positive communication.
Christ the King RC Primary, a Voluntary Academy, Burnley
Sacred Heart RC Primary, a Voluntary Academy, Colne
St Augustine’s of Canterbury RC Primary, a Voluntary Academy. Burnley
St John the Baptist RC Primary, a Voluntary Academy. Burnley
St Joseph’s RC Primary, a Voluntary Academy, Todmorden
St Mary Magadalene’s RC Primary, a Voluntary Academy, Burnley
St Mary’s RC Primary, A Voluntary Academy, Bacup
All Saints Catholic High School, a Voluntary Academy. Rawtenstall
Blessed Trinity Roman Catholic College, a Voluntary Academy. Burnley
Strategic Aim 1: Mission and Ethos
Through our Catholic faith, promote the academic, spiritual, emotional and social growth of the individual child and young person
1.1 To ensure strong links between school and parish
1.2 To ensure all academies are well prepared for the Diocesan Section 48 Inspection
1.3 To enable schools to participate in the wider life of the Trust and the Diocese
1.4 To provide opportunities for all pupils and staff to deepen and explore their faith
1.5 To ensure that Religious Education is a high priority core subject in schools
1.6 To ensure Catholic social teaching is embedded in the curriculum and the life of the school including our responsibilities for the environment and care for our common home.
Strategic Aim 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessment
To ensure that all our academies provide the very best teaching in order to promote and provide high quality learning for all our children and young people and ensuring that there is support in place for teachers to achieve this. We aim to develop ‘life-long learners’ who have a thirst for knowledge as a result of high quality teaching and assessment.
2.1 To implement a CPD programme that ensures that all our staff have the right skills to raise standards further, deliver good teaching and learning and disseminate good practice to ensure rapid improvement
2.2 To secure high quality teaching and learning
2.3 To ensure every academy has a relevant, rich and broad curriculum
2.4 To ensure that all vulnerable groups make at least good progress
2.5 To use assessment proportionately to inform and progress children’s learning.
Strategic Aim 3: Academy Improvement
To establish a self-sustaining, system-led, collaborative approach to improvement that enables rapid improvement where required
3.1 To establish a self-sustaining, system-led collaborative approach to improvement that enables rapid improvement when required
3.2 To develop school-to-school support for leadership
3.3 To build effective links to outstanding providers outside of the Trust to support continuing improvement
3.4 To ensure all schools operate effective quality assurance and self-evaluation
3.5 To ensure that all schools have effective development planning leading to improvement
3.6 To enhance the Trust’s ability to develop the next generation of school leaders in both phases
3.7 To ensure all schools are well prepared for Ofsted inspection