GEP Academies was approved as an academy sponsor by the School’s Commissioner in 2013.  It was formed from a partnership between Boxgrove Primary School and the Ofsted Outstanding, George Abbot Secondary School in September 2013.

Our desire to improve educational outcomes for local children is rooted in a vision of excellent cross-phase collaboration and excellent transition; Boxgrove is a main feeder for George Abbot. Other primary and secondary schools have since joined the Trust and we are encouraging our secondary schools to forge close working relationships with feeder primaries in hubs across the local area.

GEP as a MAT

Relentlessly focusing on pupils’ learning: We are building a curriculum and training teachers to continuously build pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding over time

Maximise the communication, team work and problem solving skills of our pupils: We recognise the ‘soft skills’ that pupils need to be successful in their lives and we are developing and mapping our curriculum to ensure pupils’ practise and develop these skills over time.

Put the work of teachers and teaching at the heart of all we do: We know that without great teachers and great teaching we will fail to realise our aims, therefore our resources need to be focused on teaching.

Underpin our approach with the latest educational research: We want to develop our approach around that which has been proven to work, engaging our own staff in action research where possible.

Put a high value on developing the subject knowledge of our pupils and teachers: A love of subject is fundamental to learning. We want all our teachers to be expert in the subjects they are teaching and impart that love to their pupils.

Provide multiple pathways for success for staff and pupils: As an organisation with more than 5000 pupils and 700 staff we know that success for individuals will be different. We want all our staff and pupils to be successful and will use our Teaching School, Teacher Training and Industry Contacts to develop pathways to success.

Provide time, world class professional development opportunities and supportive challenge to staff: We want to support and challenge our staff to be the best they can be. Our Teaching School and SCITT provide a pipeline of word class development opportunities to staff to realise this aim. Our links with the University and other education providers augment

Utilise our links with the independent sector, industry, further education and the University of Surrey to enhance the aspirations and social and professional networks of our pupils and staff: Our partnership work is providing extensive opportunities to staff and pupils. For example, staff and pupils working with international experts at the University on Shakespeare or coding with industry experts adds massive value.

Expect the very best from our community of pupils, staff and parents: We are developing a community of mutual support. We want to ensure the best possible opportunities and role models for our young people to develop into rounded citizens.

Why GEP?
  • Local solutions for local schools.
  • Proven track record of school to school support.
  • Collaborative approach: schools do not work in isolation.
  • Well qualified and experienced Executive Team with significant expertise of working with Governing Bodies to make schools successful.
  • Greater scope for sharing school improvement expertise.
  • Outstanding support from an established, linked Teaching School Alliance.
  • Exciting opportunities for leadership development and promotion.
  • Innovative solutions for Teacher Recruitment and Retention.
  • Increased economies of scale enabling more efficient procurement and shared costs.
  • Support for Academy conversion and beyond.
  • A strong brand to attract parents and applications for admission.