We are well aware that testimonials can be a little cringeworthy.
That being said, it can be helpful to hear directly from those who are in the Trust; have recently joined; and those currently working with us and in the process of joining us. We offer a handful of examples from a wide range of sources below.
• Rise Headteacher
I am proud that my school belongs to the Rise Multi Academy Trust. Being part of a family of schools means that there is always someone that we can go to for encouragement and we are incredibly well supported.
The central team of the Trust are committed to the vision of enabling all pupils to flourish and succeed, and they do all they can to ensure that teaching and learning are the main focus for their school. There are strong and proactive networks for staff to attend, a comprehensive and forward thinking CPD programme, and growing opportunities for pupils to know and enjoy belonging to Rise.
The last few years have been hard for everyone working in education, but Rise schools have become stronger together and are looking forward to the future.
• Rise Executive Headteacher
As a school leader, being part of Rise means that I am freed from the administrative tasks that make little difference to the outcomes for children and given the time to focus on improving teaching and learning – it makes an enormous difference to outcomes for children and the wellbeing of staff.
Being part of a professional learning community that truly works in collaboration is liberating and challenging – it forces you to look outwards, reflect on your own practice. and to prioritise what will have the most impact for children.
I am proud to work for a Trust that is data aware but not data driven. Our children are at the heart of decision making, not percentages and league tables.
• Headteacher joining the Trust
As the Headteacher of a school currently converting to join Rise, I could not be more positive about the process so far. The team at Rise, whether that be in regards to the Board, other Headteachers and senior leaders, or HR, have all been so positive, so welcoming, and have given their time generously to support a smooth transition. There is a genuine 'family' feel about the Trust, with high expectations and incredible support from all angles. I have previously been very cynical about the academies agenda, but I feel that this is a 'good fit', and would be most disappointed now not to be a part of this going forward. Thank you!
• Experienced School Business Manager
We are proud that we have been part of the academy trust since its foundation. As a school, we have undergone immense improvement over those eight years rising out of special measures to be ‘Good’ with both Ofsted and SIAMS.
We have not only improved our academic standards but have also had a full makeover of our facilities. We now have a foundation with a defined ethos that is embedded into our daily lives.
These improvements have been supported by the direction and vision of the central trust team. We work as one team. There is a real sense of support and cohesion across Rise as we all work together to improve our outcomes for all our pupils.
• Chair of Governors
As a new Chair I had a great deal of support from Rise. A few years on and I still have that support and feel part of a great family of schools. I feel respected as partner in the journey of our own school and comfortable that the views of the LGB are always considered in any decision or process by the Trust.
• Head of School in process of joining Rise
We can and should always strive to be better - joining Rise means we will. It feels invigorating, inspiring and assured to be embraced with the quality of experience, integrity and drive of the leadership Rise presents.
The ambition and quality of systems, professional development, and resources, offers an exciting, innovative and sustainable trajectory to enable each and every individual to truly flourish and succeed. Talent and assets are spotted, nurtured and utilised for the common good. Doors open into rich collaborative, collegiality that offer us opportunity to grow through sharing and wisely pooling what works well, whilst acknowledging the strengths and individuality of our contexts.