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GNET Trust


Greater Nottingham Education Trust (GNET) was created in 2016 and originates from the success of Carlton le Willows Academy, the original Trust member and consistently one of the top performing schools in Nottinghamshire.

GNET arose out of a genuine desire to build a formal union of primary and secondary schools who believe that there is no barrier to what a child can achieve and who strive every single day to help children grow into truly exceptional people. There can be little doubt that schools working together are in a stronger position to make this happen.

We know that educational policies, theories and initiatives cannot be viewed in isolation and must always fit into the complex organisations which schools are. Accordingly, we will work alongside schools to understand what is possible in reality and show that it works.

We understand that to create truly world class educational experiences for children schools will need to embrace new information, together with everything history tells us about what worked in the past. For this reason, we will foster a trust wide culture of sharing with everyone and learning from everywhere.

For staff, we want to ensure they enjoy their roles, feel valued, supported and rewarded for their professional work. Thus we are fully committed to providing first class training, coaching and mentoring and will do all we can to help each person achieve their dreams.

The size of the trust is not a goal in itself, but rather it is the quality of service we provide that matters.

Ultimately each school in the Trust is expected to strive to help every student, regardless of background, fulfil their academic potential and develop the character skills and leadership qualities they need for success and happiness in life. The Greater Nottingham Education Trust will operate on the basis of this vision and work tirelessly to ensure it is delivered in every academy.


Craig Weaver